JONESBORO, Ark. (11/30/16) – The Arkansas State University track and field program has signed seven talented student-athletes in its fall early signing period. These seven commits will join the A-State track and field program in the 201718 academic school year. 

The Red wolves welcome thrower José Miguel Ballivian, sprinter Janaya Chambers, distance runner Ani Gemmill, multi eventer Allie Hensley, sprinter Jadyn Lewis, distance runner Pauline Meyer and thrower Eric Williams. 

"Along with our Fall 2017 recruiting class we are adding Janaya Chambers and Ani Gemmill at semester and they will be able to step in and help us right away for this season," said A-State head coach Jim Patchell. "We are extremely excited about our signing class for the fall of 2017. This is one of the best early signing classes we have had in the last five years with a lot of great athletes and great people who will help us continue to build our program nationally." 

Below is a breakdown of the newest additions to the Arkansas State track and field program.

Name Events Hometown High School
José Miguel Ballivian Throws Santiago, Chile Colegio Tabor y Nazareth HS
Janaya Chambers Sprints Jacksonville, Fla. Stanton Prep
Ani Gemmill Distance Hamilton, New Zealand Hamilton Hawks Athletic Club
Allie Hensley Multis Clinton, Ark. Clinton HS
Jadyn Lewis Sprints Bryant, Ark. Bryant HS
Pauline Meyer Distance Gronau-Epe, Germany Bischoefliche Canisiusschule Ahaus
Eric Williams Throws Montgomery, Ala. G.W. Carver HS

José Miguel Ballivian | Colegio Tabor y Nazareth High School
Hometown: Santiago, Chile
Personal Bests (Junior Implements): 1.75kg Discus - 57.20m/187-8 | 6kg Shot Put - 18.41m/60-4.75
Participated in the 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland ... Finished 14th in the discus throw at the event and 19th in the shot put. 

Janaya Chambers | Stanton Prep
Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.
Personal Bests: 200m - 24.59 | 400m - 54.17
Won the 2015 3A State Championship in Florida in the 400m dash. 

Ani Gemmill | Hamilton Hawks Athletic Club
Hometown: Hamilton, New Zealand
Personal Bests: 800m - 2:19.85 | 1500m - 4:45.02 | 3000m - 10:42.87

Allie Hensley | Clinton HS
Hometown: Clinton, Ark.
Personal Bests: Heptathlon - 4126 pts
Holds school records in five events at Clinton HS ... 

Jadyn Lewis | Bryant HS
Hometown: Bryant, Ark.
Personal Bests: 200m - 25.22 | 400m 57.01
Finished runner up in the 200m and 400m dash in the state championships for Class 7A in 2016. 

Pauline Meyer | Bischoefliche Canisiusschule Ahaus
Hometown: Gronau-Epe, Germany
Personal Bests: 800m - 2:12.85 | 1500m - 4:32.32

Eric Williams | G.W. Carver HS
Hometown: Montgomery, Ala.
Personal Bests: Shot Put - 57-2

Won Alabama Class 6A shot put championship in 2016. 


The 2016-17 track and field season begins this weekend with the annual A-State Kickoff Klassic at the Convocation Center. Action begins Friday at 11:30 a.m. and Saturday at 10:00 a.m.