JONESBORO, Ark. (4/1/17) – Arkansas State track and field scattered to various meets this weekend and came away with strong results as the Red Wolves progress toward the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Championships.
Most of the Red Wolves were in Cape Girardeau, Mo., for the Joey Haines Invitational hosted by Southeast Missouri. Other members of the team competed at the Texas Relays (Austin, Texas) and Bobcat Invitational (San Marcos, Texas).
Cristian Ravar Ladislau dominated the hammer throw competition as he claimed the top spot in the event. He posted a throw of 63.26m (207-06) for his second top finish in three outdoor competitions. Amari James took top honors in the 110-meter hurdles, clocking a time of 14.90 seconds. That is the first career top finish for James in a track event.
Viktoriia Sadokhina continued a strong outdoor campaign with a first place finish in the triple jump. She posted a leap of 12.89m (42-03.50), the third-best leap in program history. She was also among three to finish top-10 in the long jump for A-State. Arabriaun Mack led the trio with a third place leap of 5.94m (19-06.00) which ties for the 10th-best jump in program history. Sadokhina was fifth with a mark of 5.80m (19-00.50) and Annette Gaskins was ninth with a jump of 5.65m (18-06.50).
The Red Wolves also had three top-10 finishes in the women’s pole vault. Sarah Michael vaulted 3.65m (11-11.75) to place fourth and was joined in the top-10 by Nada Buntic and Lucianne Burner who tied for seventh (3.35m/10-11.75).
Sammy Brainard placed second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:27.91. That time ranks her fifth in the program ranks. The women also had a pair of top-10 finishes in the 400-meter hurdles. Trevene Cowan was second (1:03.53) and Samone Thompson was eighth (1:05.39).
Elizabeth Gillette had a solid run in the 10,000-meter run as she posted a third place finish. She clocked a time of 37:26.60 for that finish and that time ranks as the seventh-fastest in program history. Jessica Weiss was also in the top-10, finishing eighth with a time of 40:03.39. Gillette also finished top-five in the 5,000-meter run finishing fifth in 17:45.72.
Others posting top-10 finishes at the Joey Haynes Invitational included; Clint Ligon in high jump (4th – 1.95m/6-04.75), Nada Buntic in high jump (6th – 1.55m/5-01.00), Trevene Cowan in 100-meter hurdles (6th – 14.67), Hayden Hampton in high jump (6th – 1.90m/6-02.75), Jonah Wiley in long jump (6th – 6.93m/22-09.00), Rickus Jacobs in the 1500-meter run (7th – 3:56.92), Brianna Hardiman in 200-meter dash (7th – 25.32), Amari James in triple jump (8th – 13.50m/44-03.50), Arabriaun Mack in the 100-meter dash (8th – 12.70), Arabriaun Mack in triple jump (9th – 11.32m/37-01.25), Erin Nunan in the 800-meter run (9th – 2:21.08), Jonah Wiley in triple jump (9th – 13.47m/44-02.50), Erika Christian in 200-meter dash (10th – 25.39), Rebecca Eldien in 5,000-meter run (10th – 18:25.53) and Hayden Hampton in 110-meter hurdles (10th – 15.96),
At the Texas Relays, the Red Wolves had four student-athletes compete and each posted top-10 finishes in their respective event. Darragh May had the highest finish with a high jump of 1.70m (6-07.00) to place seventh. Chase Riley finished ninth in section B of the men’s high jump with a clearance of 2.05m (6-08.75) while Tiaan Steenkamp was 10th in the A section with a clearance of 2.10m (6-10.75). Michael Carr also competed at the Texas Relays finishing eighth in the pole vault with a mark of 5.06m (16-07.25).
The Red Wolves are scheduled to compete next weekend (April 6-8) at the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Ariz. Following that meet, A-State will host the Red Wolves Open, April 21-22.