|Women Finish Third, Men Fifth at SBC Indoor Track Meet|
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (2/25/14) - Arkansas State University’s Sharika Nelvis closed out her final indoor track and field meet with a bang by winning all four events she was entered in and was the top scorer at the 2014 Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Indoor Track and Field Championships in Birmingham, Ala.
The Arkansas State women’s team jumped from fifth place to finish in third place with 78.5 points. Western Kentucky claimed the women’s title with 169 points, while Texas State finished ahead of the Red Wolves with 121 points. The A-State men’s team took home fifth place out of the eight teams at the event. UT Arlington won the men’s title with 185 points, breaking the SBC team scoring record that was set in 1994.
After winning the long jump Monday, Nelvis recorded victories in three running events Tuesday. She claimed the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.28 and followed that performance up with a win in the 200-meter dash by registering a time of 23.50. She earned her third title of the day and fourth of the meet by running an 8.04 to win the 60-meter hurdles. Overall, Nelvis has won 12 indoor titles, winning eight consecutive the last two seasons.
A-State’s Kristina Aubert earned 10 points for the A-State women’s team by claiming the 5000-meter run title in a SBC Indoor Track and Field Championships’ record time of 16:46.32, breaking the previous mark of 16:51.20. She also finished in third place in the one-mile run with a time of 4:57.43 earning six points for the Red Wolves.
Arkansas State’s Richard Chavez earned the shot put title with a throw of 18.29m to give the Red Wolves’ men’s team its only top finish of the day. Brandom Lombardino also scored a point for A-State with a throw of 15.96, good for eighth in the shot put.
“We had a few bright spots but certainly didn’t perform well as a team on both the women’s and men’s side,” A-State head coach Jim Patchell said. “Obviously we have quite a bit of work to do before the outdoor championships in May.”
The A-State women also received 2.5 points from Alexandra Pevtsova, who finished sixth in the women’s pole vault with a mark of 3.50m. The Red Wolves received two points from the seventh-place 4x400-meter relay team of Erika Christian, Shakeria Marshall, Alexandra Pevtsova, and Charlotte Williams, while also getting two points from Savannah Hutchinson in the pentathlon. Christian also registered a point for the Red Wolves with an eighth-place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 57.37.
Justin Whitfield claimed six points for the A-State men’s squad with a time of 6.80 in the 60-meter dash, while also earning two points for the Red Wolves in the 200-meter dash with a seventh-place time of 21.82.
A-State’s Kashef Daniel finished the men’s high jump in third place with a jump of 2.10m, good for six points, while Billy Ellis turned in five points for the Red Wolves with a time of 8.25 in the 60-meter hurdles, good enough for fourth place. In the heptathlon, Ethan Sandusky registered a sixth-place finish with 5,040 points to give A-State three points.
The Red Wolves received three points from Wil Norris in the men’s 5000-meter run when he ran the sixth-fastest time of 14:51.79. Kyle Somerville registered another point for the Red Wolves with a time of 1:58.48 in the 800-meter run, good for eighth place.This meet concludes the season for the A-State men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams. Members of the A-State squad will have one last chance to qualify for nationals in the Arkansas Last Chance Qualifier Feb. 28 in Fayetteville, Ark.