SAN MARCOS, Texas (5/9/14) – The Arkansas State University track and field teams started off the 2014 Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships this Friday (May 9) with individual performances turned in across the board as the Red Wolves battle for the top placing at the Texas State Track and Field Complex in San Marcos, Texas.
With day one in the books, A-State currently sits in third place with 22 points in the women’s competition while the men’s team has scored 12 points to occupy fourth place through seven events scored. Western Kentucky’s 44 points is presently tops for the women and South Alabama leads in the men’s standings to date as a result of tallying 25 points.
“I thought we had a decent day today,” said A-State head coach Jim Patchell. “We had a couple of missteps, but we also had some who stepped it up a notch. Tomorrow (Saturday) will set the stage for the finals so we need to compete well.”
The women’s team opened the conference meet on a high note by scoring 12 points in the 10,000-meter run as senior Kristina Aubert won the long distance running event for the third straight season. Aubert set a new conference championship mark by clocking a 34:58.38 time to surpass New Orleans’ Diana Jipchirchir, who ran a previous league meet-best 35:23.02 time in 2006. Aubert, a senior, was conference meet champion in both 2012 (35:47.13) and 2013 (36:04.02). Aubert’s first-place showing netted the Red Wolves 10 points while junior Rexi Parcells picked up the other two by finishing seventh place in a time of 37:20.34.
In the pole vault, Alexandra Pevtsova tied for second place and picked up seven points for A-State as the sophomore cleared the bar at 12-02.75 (3.73m). The other three points produced by the Red Wolves occurred in the hammer throw in which freshman Erin Farmer’s toss of 169-08.21 (51.72m) proved to be the event’s sixth-longest distance.
Junior Savannah Hutchinson is competing in the heptathlon and through the initial four events occupies 10th place with 2,818 points. Hutchinson’s highest placing came in the high jump as she posted a 5-03.00 (1.60m) mark to earn a share of third place. The final three events in the heptathlon will take place this Saturday (May 10) with the long jump, javelin and 800-meter run.
On the men’s side, Arkansas State recorded four points in the 10,000 meters following a fifth-place effort by Wil Norris. The sophomore crossed the finish line in a time of 32:03.14 among the 14 runners to complete the meet’s initial event. Senior Chris Nicasio accounted for the Red Wolves’ highest finish in day-one action as he took second place to earn eight points in the hammer throw by generating a 199-04.51 (60.77m) distance.
The 10-event men’s decathlon has two representatives from A-State in senior Ethan Turpen and freshman Clint Ligon. Turpen presently leads the Red Wolves in the multi-events competition with a third-place 3,792 points through the first five events while Ligon stands in seventh place by racking up a 3,457 points total. Turpen, who won the decathlon at the 2013 SBC Outdoor Championships with 7,222 points, placed first in the high jump at 6-05.00 (1.96m) to go along with a pair of second-place performances in the long jump (22-07.25, 6.89m) and shot put (43-03.00, 13.18m). Ligon’s best finish would come in the high jump as he turned in a third-place tying 6-04.00 (1.93m) effort.
A severe storm passed through the San Marcos area in the afternoon with wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour causing a lengthy delay of nearly two hours. Both the decathlon high jump and heptathlon 200 meters were suspended, but then completed along with the other first-day events once the all clear was given. The men’s hammer event was also suspended for a time due to the weather before being resumed.
This Saturday’s (May 10) second day of the 2014 SBC Championships starts at 10 a.m. (CT) with the final five events in the decathlon and the remaining three in the heptathlon. The field events resume at 2 p.m. (CT) with the women’s long jump while the first running event is the preliminaries of the women’s 100-meter hurdles, which gets underway at 5 p.m. (CT). The third and final day of the conference meet takes place this Sunday (May 11) as the field events commence at 10 a.m. (CT) and competition in the running events at 5 p.m. (CT).
2014 Sun Belt Conference Championships Team Scores – Day 1
1. WKU – 44 pts.
2. South Alabama – 33.5 pts.
3. Arkansas State – 22 pts.
4. Texas State – 16 pts.
5. ULM - 11 pts.
6. UT-Arlington – 10.5 pts.
7. UL-Lafayette – 10 pts.
8. Georgia State – 8 pts.
9. UALR - 1 pt.
1. South Alabama – 35 pts.
2. UT-Arlington – 20 pts.
3. WKU – 17 pts.
4. Arkansas State – 12 pts.
5. ULM – 10 pts.
6. UALR – 8 pts.
7. Troy – 7 pts.
8. Texas State – 6 pts.
9. UL-Lafayette – 2 pts.
2014 Sun Belt Conference Championships - Individual – Day 1
1. Kristina Aubert, 34:58.38 – SBC Championship Record
7. Rexi Parcells, 37:20.34
10. Abbey Dixon, 38:56.24
11. Bailey Sisson-Eller, 39:45.24
6. Erin Farmer, 169-08.21 (51.72m)
Heptathlon – 100-Meter Hurdles
5. Savannah Hutchinson, 14.72
Heptathlon – High Jump
3T. Savannah Hutchinson, 5-03.00 (1.60m)
Heptathlon – Shot Put
10. Savannah Hutchinson, 29-02.50 (8.90m)
Heptathlon – 200-Meter Dash
9. Savannah Hutchinson, 26.61
11. Kim Ludick-Raath, 128-04.93 (39.14m)
2T. Alexandra Pevtsova, 12-02.75 (3.73m)
10. Megan Wright, 11-03.75 (3.45m)
17. Laikin Burroughs, 10-10.25 (3.31m)
5. Wil Norris, 32:03.14
Decathlon – 100-Meter Dash
4. Clint Ligon, 11.17
5. Ethan Turpen, 11.26
Decathlon – Long Jump
2. Ethan Turpen, 22-07.25 (6.89m)
10. Clint Ligon, 20-05.75 (6.24m)
Decathlon – Shot Put
2. Ethan Turpen, 43-03.00 (13.18m)
11. Clint Ligon, 33-03.25 (10.14m)
Decathlon – High Jump
1. Ethan Turpen, 6-05.00 (1.96m)
3T. Clint Ligon, 6-04.00 (1.93m)
Decathlon – 400-Meter Dash
5. Clint Ligon, 51.17
7. Ethan Turpen, 51.32
2. Chris Nicasio, 199-04.51 (60.77m)
15. Brandon Lombardino, 150-11.81 (46.02m)