Seven Track Athletes Earn All-SBC Outdoor Plaudits
JONESBORO, Ark. (5/14/14) – The Arkansas State University outdoor track and field teams garnered seven selections to the All-Sun Belt Conference (SBC) teams following completion of the 2014 SBC Outdoor Track Championships this last weekend (May 9-11) at San Marcos, Texas.
Arkansas State recorded a combined five first-team all-conference performers in the men’s and women’s competition at the 2014 conference meet while two Red Wolves’ athletes received second-team recognition.
Seniors Sharika Nelvis and Kristina Aubert each achieved All-SBC First-Team laurels by winning three individual events apiece at the 2014 SBC Championships. Nelvis became a three-time (2012-14) first-team all-conference performer following first-place performances in the 100-meter hurdles, 100-meter dash, and the 200-meter dash. The two-time (2012-13) United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Outdoor Track All-America selection eclipsed her own A-State records in those three events and bettered her record-setting Sun Belt Conference 100-meter hurdles mark of 13.08 with a 13.00 time in the event’s preliminaries. Aubert finished with top individual honors in the 1,500-meter run to go along with meet champion titles and outdoor conference championship records in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meters. Aubert received first-team all-league outdoor track honors for the third season in a row.
For the A-State men’s team, seniors Ethan Turpen and Kashef Daniel picked up All-SBC First-Team accolades as a result of placing first at the conference meet in the decathlon and high jump, respectively. Freshman Roelf Pienaar also received all-conference first-team honors by besting the entire field of participants in the long jump and triple jump. Turpen totaled a conference meet all-time best 7,292 points to win the league’s decathlon title for the third time (2011, 2013, and 2014) in his four-year (2011-14) A-State career. Daniel landed a spot on the first team this season after finishing in a second-place tie in the high jump at the 2013 SBC Championships to earn league second-team plaudits. Pienaar, 2014 USTFCCCA Indoor Track All-America honoree, posted an A-State record 26-01.75 (7.97m) distance in the long jump.
Achieving All-Sun Belt Conference Second-Team recognition by turning in second-place performances at the conference meet were senior Chris Nicasio and sophomore Alexandra Pevtsova. Nicasio took home runner-up honors in hammer throw and Pevtsova tied for second place in the pole vault.
The All-Sun Belt Conference designation was awarded to those athletes who finished first, second or third place in either a running or field event at the conference meet. Those placing first in an event at the conference championships were recognized as first-team all-league performers and second-team laurels went to athletes who took runner up in an event. Athletes earning first-place honors in one event and a second or third place in another event were afforded the higher place all-conference recognition.
Nicasio and Pevtsova are slated to represent Arkansas State in this Friday’s (May 16) Louisville Twilight Classic at the University of Louisville’s Owsley B. Frazier Cardinal Park in Louisville, Ky. The three hope to tally qualifying marks for participation in the upcoming 2014 NCAA Division I West Preliminary Championships, which will be conducted May 29-31 at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.
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