ARLINGTON, Texas (5/12/17) – Cristian Ravar Ladislau won an individual championship and athletes are positioned to earn points in the multi-events after the first day of competition for Arkansas State University track and field teams at the 2017 Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Championships.
“We had a good first day,” said head coach Jim Patchell. “Cristian did a great job in the hammer throw, multis had a good first day and Elizabeth did well in the 10k. We've got two more long days ahead, but we're pleased with day one.”
Ravar Ladislau earned the top finish in the hammer throw with a school record mark of 67.33m (220-11). The throw eclipses the minimum standard for the U23 European Championships and ranks sixth in the NCAA West Region and top-25 in the NCAA overall performance lists.
"I felt great today,” said Ravar Ladislau. “I waited a long time to throw 67 meters. That is the minimum standard for the European U23 Championships, so for the whole season I was wanting to throw that distance. Today was the perfect day, being the conference championships. Now I wait for two weeks for regionals and throw the same. The goal is to be in the nationals. I started the season with a 66-meter throw. During the middle of the season I lost my rhythm, butI worked hard for the last two weeks to get back. I had a good feeling today, got good rest last week and it worked. Perfect day."
In the women's hammer throw, Calea Carr earned a fifth place finish and five points toward the women's scoring. She posted a season-best throw of 55.51m (182-01), a throw that ranks as the second-best in program history.
Coleton Clifft won the 100-meter dash (11.01) and long jump (7.02m/23-00.50) to get off to a good start in the decathlon. Clifft ranked third with 3,485 points after five events on day one while teammate Hayden Hampton is second with 3,488 points. Hampton had personal-bests in all five events to reach his point total Friday.
Hannah Dunderdale finished day one of the heptathlon ranked third with 3,139 points. She was second in 200-meter dash (24.74), third in the 100-meter hurdles (14.22), third in shot put (11.82m/38-09.50) and seventh in high jump (1.51m/4-11.50) to accumulate her day one total. Trevene Cowan used finishes of fourth in high jump (1.57m/5-01.75), fifth in 100-meter hurdles (14.36), 11th in 200-meter dash (26.33) and 11th in shot put (10.09m/33-01.25) to produce 2,933 points ranking seventh.
Elizabeth Gillette placed fourth in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 37:50.00 to add five points for the women. Chris Collins had a javelin throw of 55.67m (182-08) to place seventh, good for two points.
Heading into day two of the three day meet, the A-State men are third with 12 points behind leader South Alabama (28) and second ranked Louisiana (23). The women are sixth in the team standings totaling nine points with South Alabama leading the way with 47.
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.