ARLINGTON, Texas (5/11/17) – The Arkansas State track and field teams are ready for the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Championships which are set to begin Friday at Maverick Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
“We've shown steady improvement towards the end of the regular season and hope to continue that trend through the conference meet,” said A-State track and field head coach Jim Patchell. “The Sun Belt is a very tough track conference so we need to compete well, stay mentally focused, and each individual has to do their job.”
The meet is scheduled to commence on Friday with the decathlon competition at 9:00 a.m. and the heptathlon at 9:30 a.m. The men's and women's hammer throw, men's and women's javelin throw, along with the women's pole vault and men's and women's 10,000 meter run will also be contested Friday.
The completion of the decathlon and heptathlon, men's and women's long jump, men's and women's shot put and women's high jump are on the schedule to get the day started Saturday. Prelims on the track begin at 5:00 p.m. with the women's 100-meter hurdles. The 3,000-meter steeplechase finals at 8:00 p.m. conclude the action on day two.
Men's and women's discus throw, men's and women's triple jump, men's pole vault and men's high jump are the remaining field events on the docket for Sunday. The race for the Sun Belt Championship gets heated when finals begin on the track with the 4x100-meter relay at 5:00. Awards presentations are scheduled for 8:15 p.m. after the conclusion of the 4x400-meter relays.
The Red Wolves enter the meet with a combined seven marks that lead the Sun Belt Conference. Jaylen Bacon (100m, 200m), Tiaan Steenkamp (high jump) and Cristian Ravar Ladislau (hammer throw) have marks leading the Sun Belt Conference performance list on the men's side while Shemiah Brooks (long jump), Viktoriia Sadokhina (triple jump) and Erin Farmer (shot put) have leading performances in women's competitions.
Overall, the A-State men have 18 marks within the top eight spots on the performance list. Of those 18 marks, 13 are within the top five. The women's squad enters the meet with 16 performances in the top eight rankings, with nine of those in the top five.
Last season, the men's team earned their first outdoor title since 2005. The Red Wolves are coming off an indoor finish of fourth. The women's team finished three points shy of an outdoor title last season and are coming off a fifth place finish indoors this year.
Live results are available via DeltaTiming and updates will be posted on Twitter via @AStateGameDay.