BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (1/19/18) – Arkansas State track & field athletes earned individual titles in seven out of 12 field events and added four top times on the track for 11 total event wins Friday at the Samford January Invite inside the Birmingham CrossPlex.
The Birmingham CrossPlex is home to the 2018 Sun Belt Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships February 19-20. A-State left the CrossPlex with 11 individual titles, 21 more top five finishes and 19 more in the top 10.
“This was our first meet of the semester with a full squad, and a first on the road for many of our underclassmen,” said A-State head coach Jim Patchell. “I think we need to get more aggressive racing, but I am pleased with where we are early in the season. Field events were solid today, but we have plenty of room left for improvement.”
Arabriaun Mack won the long jump, leaping to the sixth-best jump in program history at 5.87m (19-03.25). Carter Shell gave A-State the sweep in the long jump, posting the top mark of 7.28m (23-10.75) while finishing second in the triple jump at 14.34m (47-00.75). The Red Wolves also swept the top finishes in the weight throw. Cristian Ravar Ladislau won the men’s event with a throw of 19.55m (64-01.75) while Calea Carr earned top honors in the women’s event with a mark of 18.26m (59-11.00).
A-State ended up sweeping all four titles in the throws with Itamar Levi and Carr winning the shot put. Levi posted a personal-best of 18.51m (60-08.75), the second-best throw in program history, to win. Eric Williams (14.92m/48-11.50) was fifth while Eron Carter placed seventh (14.89m/48-10.25). Carr won the shot put title posting a throw of 14.47m (47-05.75). Danielle Lorenz placed third with a personal-best of 13.80m (45-03.50), the sixth-best throw in program history. Darragh May made it seven individual champions in the field events by way of a top mark in the women’s high jump. She cleared 1.74m (5-08.50) to claim the top spot.
On the track, A-State won four events while taking runner-up in five events. De’Airis Weakley raced to a first place finish in the 60-meter dash clocking a time of 7.62 seconds. Weakley was just shy of a sweep of the sprints as she finished second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.10 seconds. Elijah Ross was on the heels of first place in the men’s 60-meters as he finished second with a time of 6.80 seconds, just behind the top finisher at 6.78. Briana Hardiman clocked a 56.27 in the 400-meters to win the event while teammate LaCarol Baynes clocked a 58.81 to place fifth.
In the distance events, A-State’s day was highlighted by three individuals in the top five of the women’s 800-meter run. Anaelle Charles took top honors with a time of 2:15.00 while Andrea Perez was second at 2:16.26. Pauline Meyer came in fourth at 2:18.27 to round out those top five finishers in the event. Heinrich Herbst won the 800-meter race with a time of 1:54.39. Sammy Brainard posted a third place time of 5:11.78 in the mile run. Seth Waters was the top finisher in the men’s mile, placing fifth with a time of 4:19.85. Darragh May finished second in the 60-meter hurdles (8.84) while Trevene Cowan was fourth (9.00). A-State’s top finisher in the men’s 60-meter hurdles was also in second as Ke’Von Holder posted a time of 8.30 seconds.
The Red Wolves earned a pair of top five finishes in the men’s high jump. Tiaan Steenkamp was second at 2.10m (6-10.75) while David Phillips was third via a tiebreaker with the same mark. Michael Carr (5.10m/16-08.75) and Cameron Stalnaker (4.70m/15-05.00) claimed top five finishes in pole vault finishing third and fifth, respectively. Sarah Michael finished third via a tiebreaker in the pole vault clearing 3.65m (11-11.75). Nada Buntic (3.50m/11-05.75) and Lauren Smith (3.35m/10-11.75) finished seventh and ninth, respectively, to give A-State three inside the top-10 of the event.
Hannah Dunderdale competed in the pentathlon on Thursday. She compiled a total of 3,750 points, second most in program history. Her point total ranks 11th nationally to date and tops in the Sun Belt Conference.
Others earning top 10 finishes included: Arabriaun Mack (4th – triple jump | 11.41m/37-05.25), Elijah Ross (4th – 200m | 22.03), Landon Abernathy (6th – 400m | 50.89), Nada Buntic (6th – high jump | 1.60m/5-03.00), Eron Carter (6th – weight throw | 15.83m/51-11.25), Coleton Clifft (6th – long jump | 6.80m/22-03.75), Jacob Oury (6th – 800m | 1:57.59), Greta Carlberg (7th – 800m | 2:22.65), Hayden Hampton (7th – high jump | 1.95m/6-04.75), Babette Vandeput (7th – shot put | 12.34m/40-06.00), Nia Davis (8th – 400m | 59.58), Elizabeth Gillette (8th – 3000m | 10:28.56), Rickus Jacobs (8th – mile | 4:21.26), Jonah Wiley (8th – long jump | 6.75m/22-01.75), Allie Hensley (9th – high jump | 1.55m/5-01.00), Chris Hill (9th – 60m dash | 7.03), Bennett Pascoe (9th – mile | 4:21.96), Imani Udoumana (9th – 60m hurdles | 9.13), Imani Udoumana (9th – triple jump | 10.49m/34-05.00), Coleton Clifft (10th – 60m hurdles | 8.79) Imani Udoumana (10th – long jump | 4.97m/16-03.75),
The Red Wolves return home to First National Bank Arena to host the A-State Invitational & Multis next weekend. The multis get underway at 10:30 a.m. on Friday.
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