A-State Track Announces 2016 Signing Class
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.
|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.