BATON ROUGE, La. (10/12/12) – The Arkansas State University track and field team opened their 2013 outdoor season with eight top-three place individual performances at the LSU Relays this Friday (March 22) in Baton Rouge, La. 

The Red Wolves compiled a combined three first-place performances in day one of women’s and men’s competition at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadium.  ASU also recorded a pair of second-place efforts to go with three third-place showings.  The second and final day of action at the non-scoring LSU Relays will take place this Saturday (March 23) at 10 a.m. (CT) with the field events while the running events start at 1 p.m. (CT).

Senior Stephanie Foreman won the meet-opening pole vault event by clearing the bar at 13-05.75 (4.11m) while freshman Taylor Swanson placed 10th at 11-08.00 (3.56m).  Junior Kristina Aubert joined Foreman in garnering top-place honors as she registered a 16:54.51 time in the 5,000 meters.  Senior Samantha Salinas took third with a 17:37.73 while sophomore Rexi Parcells and freshman Abbey Dixon turned in times of 17:48.74 and 18:04.18 to finish fifth and sixth, respectively.    

Senior Julia Agawu posted a second-place and program-record 48-00.75 (14.65m) in the shot put to finish one place in front of junior Kim Raath, who had a throw of 46-06.25 (14.18m).   Agawu would also set an ASU outdoor mark in the hammer throw with a toss covering a 190-08 (58.13m) distance.  Sophomore Tilda Helgesson ran a 4:55.89 in the 1,500 meters to earn eighth place.  Sophomore Heather Newberry clocked 4:57.12 to place ninth and sophomore Chelsey Roberson had a 4:57.61 which was good for 10th place.

In the 1,600-meter sprint medley, the ASU “B” squad placed ninth with a 4:17.35 time and the Red Wolves’ “A” team took 11th place by generating a 4:21.82 time.   

"We had some solid performances today,” said ASU head coach Jim Patchell.  “ I was really impressed with Julia (Agawu) as she set two school records in the hammer and shot (put). Kristina (Aubert) and Stephanie (Foreman) also had good performances that put them up pretty high on the national lists for their respective events.  

The Red Wolves also turned in some noteworthy performances on the men’s side, led by junior Chris Nicasio and freshman Wilton Norris.  Nicasio placed first in the hammer throw with a 200-01 (61.00m) toss while Norris posted a second-place 15:08.03 time in the 5,000-meter run.

“I also thought Wil Norris did a great job in the 5k,” Patchell said.  “We are looking to continue with some good showings tomorrow.”  

Junior David Mills earned fifth place in the 5,000 meters by finishing with a 15:41.15 time.  Freshman Luke Lindsley placed ninth at 16:03.94 and sophomore Devin Reed was 14th by virtue of his 16:41.61 time.  In the 1,500-meter run, freshman Lance Beckman would finish 4:00.32 to earn fifth place.  Freshman Jesse Duvall and senior Briar Becton recorded times of 4:04.91 to garner 11th and 12th-place honors, respectively.

Senior Corwin Pace was the Red Wolves’ top performer in the shot put as his toss of 51-05.75 (15.69) placed him sixth.  Junior Tyler Lingo would end up two places behind Pace as a result of his 48-06.25 (14.79m) performance. 

Arkansas State’s “B” team tallied a fourth-place showing in the 1,600-meter sprint medley event and ASU’s “A” team finished with a 3:40.43 time to claim sixth place.

LSU Relays Day One

Arkansas State Women’s Results

Shot Put

2. Julia Agawu, 48-00.75 (14.65m)

3. Kim Raath, 46-06.25 (14.18m)

Hammer Throw

3. Julia Agawu, 190-08 (58.13m)

14. Kim Raath, 141-01 (43-01m) 

Pole Vault

1. Stephanie Foreman, 13-05.75 (4.11m)

10. Taylor Swanson, 11-08.00 (3.56m)

5,000 Meters

1. Kristina Aubert, 16:54.51

3. Samantha Salinas, 17:37.73

5. Rexi Parcells, 17:48.74

6. Abbey Dixon, 18:04.18 


8. Tilda Helgesson, 4:55.89

9. Heather Newberry, 4:57.12

10. Chelsey Roberson, 4:57.61  

1,600-Meter Sprint Medley Relay

9. Arkansas State “B” – Sabrina Antimo, Alecia Dodds, Jessica Maggio, Kelsey Dean, 4:17.35

11. Arkansas State “A” – Jamie Curry, Charlotte Williams, Shakeria Marshall, Savannah Hutchison, Alexandra Pevtsova, 4:21.82


Arkansas State Men’s Results

Shot Put

6. Corwin Pace, 51-05.75 (15.69m)

8. Tyler Lingo, 48-06.25 (14.79m) 

Hammer Throw

1. Chris Nicasio, 200-01 (61.00m) 

5,000 Meters

2. Wilton Norris, 15:08.03

5. David Mills, 15:41.15

9. Luke Lindsley, 16:03.94

14. Devin Reed, 16:41.61 

1,500 Meters

5. Lance Beckman, 4:00.32

11. Jesse Duvall, 4:04.91

12. Briar Becton, 4:04.91

18. Tyler Davis, 4:16.01

20. Richard Williams, 4:19.67

Sprint Medley Relay

4. Arkansas State “B” – Joey Meyer, Justin Whitfield, Billy Ellis, Devin Noel, Lucas Bateman, 3:34.88

6. Arkansas State “A” – Will Oliver, Solomon Williams, Tahshon Reese, Ethan Turpen, Ethan Sandusky, 3:40.43