JONESBORO, Ark. (12/2/17) – The Arkansas State Track & Field teams opened the indoor season Sunday afternoon inside First National Bank Arena with the annual A-State Kickoff Klassic and came away with nine event wins and a total of 30 top five finishes.

“I told our team, a lot of good things today with it being the first meet,” said A-State head coach Jim Patchell. “If I had to give us a grade today, I’d give us a solid B. We need to be A and A plus by the time February hits, but it’s a good start. We had 17 personal bests today which is a good number. We’re pretty solid right now, but we’ve got to get better as we move forward.”

Anaelle Charles and Sammy Brainard finished first and second, respectively, in the 3,000 meter run to open the day on the track. Charles won with a time of 10:29.53 with Brainard on her heels at 10:30.71. The duo helped the Red Wolves distance medley relay to a win and a Kickoff Klassic record time of 12:36.24. A-State took the top four slots in the women’s mile run with Pauline Meyer (5:08.71) pacing the group. Greta Carlberg (5:08.87), Andrea Perez (5:13.00) and Erin Nunan (5:16.20) followed to give the one through four finish.

Elijah Ross had a strong outing in the sprints as he won the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.27 seconds. His time ranks as the fifth-fastest in program history. Jamil Peeples took top honors in the 55-meter hurdles cruising to the win with a time of 7.38 seconds. Jaylen Bacon was entered in one event Sunday and he finished first in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.39 seconds.

Itamar Levi set an Israeli record in the shot put with a throw of 18.67m (61-3.00) to win the event. His throw ranks second all-time at A-State. Cristian Ravar Ladislau opened his season with a win in the weight throw, posting a mark of 19.33m (63-5.00). Ravar Ladislau finished second in the shot put with a mark of 15.19m (49-10.00) while Eric Williams was fourth at 14.63m (48-00.00).

Sarah Michael had a personal best performance in the pole vault and won the event with a vault of 3.87m (12-8.25). That vault ranks as the seventh-best in program history. Darragh May earned the individual title in the high jump. She posted a clearance of 1.75m (5-8.75) to win, just shy of her indoor best of 1.79m (5-10.50). Calea Carr

Others earning top five finishes included; Rickus Jacobs (2nd – 3,000 meters | 8:40.05), Jacob Oury (2nd – mile | 4:25.91), De’Airis Weakley (2nd – 55 meters | 7.01), De’Airis Weakley (2nd – 200 meters | 25.25), Nada Buntic (3rd – pole vault | 3.52m/11-6.50), Ke’Von Holder (3rd – 55 meter hurdles | 7.78) Matthew Keown (3rd – pole vault | 4.60m/15-1.00), Arabriaun Mack (3rd – long jump | 5.61m/18-5.00), Jamil Peeples (3rd – long jump | 7.32m/24-0.25), Elijah Ross (3rd – 200 meters | 21.92), Carter Shell (3rd – triple jump | 14.38m/47-2.25), Seth Waters (3rd – 3,000 meters | 8:45.18), Lucianne Burner (4th – pole vault | 3.37m/11-0.75), Eron Carter (4th – weight throw | 16.53m/54-2.75), Rebecca Eldien (4th – 3,000 meters | 10:48.90), Mikayla Jordan (4th – 200 meters | 25.60), David Phillips (4th – high jump | 1.98m/6-6.00), Chase Sarver (4th – mile | 4:28.70), Carter Shell (4th – long jump | 7.28m/23-10.75), Nia Davis (5th – 400 meters | 1:00.12) Lauren Smith (5th – pole vault |3.22m/10-6.75) and Imani Udoumana (5th – triple jump | 11.29m/37-0.50). The Red Wolves had an additional 27 performances inside the top-10.

A-State steps away from competition over the holiday break before resuming the indoor schedule at the Kentucky Invitational Jan. 12-13 in Lexington, Ky. The Red Wolves host their second indoor meet at First National Bank Arena Jan. 26-27.

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