SAN MARCOS, Texas (5/11/18) – Cristian Ravar Ladislau won the hammer throw and Arkansas State opened the Sun Belt Conference Track & Field Outdoor Championships with a productive first day of competition as the Red Wolves look toward day two on Saturday.

Ravar Ladislau won the hammer throw, his second-straight outdoor title in the event. He posted a throw of 67.20m (220-06) to win for his third career individual SBC crown. The women’s hammer throw was the first scored event Friday afternoon with Calea Carr taking third place. She posted a throw of 55.90m (183-05) on her first attempt for her best mark of the day. Sarah Michael claimed a second place finish in the women’s pole vault, clearing a personal best 3.92m (12-10.25), the seventh-best mark in program history.

Hannah Dunderdale is second after day one of the heptathlon with 3,117 points. Dunderdale posted a time of 14.40 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles for 932 points, a high jump of 1.54m (5-00.50) for 666 points, a shot put of 11.94m (39-02.25) for 657 points and a 200-meter dash time of 25.17 seconds to add 871 points. Freshman Allie Hensley is ninth with 2,768 points on the day, 21 points shy of eighth place.

Hayden Hampton accumulated 3,582 points over the first five events of the decathlon. He posted a time of 11.38 seconds in the 100-meter dash to collect 778 points while adding 736 points with a 6.67m (21-10.75) long jump. He added 629 points in the shot put with a throw of 12.37m (40-07.00) and 776 more points with a high jump clearance of 1.97m (6-5.50). He ended day one of the decathlon with a time of 53.45 seconds in the 400-meter dash for 663 points.

Megan Adams finished fifth in the 10,000-meter run at 39:25.90 to close the day for the women’s team. The four points earned in the race gave A-State 18 thru four scored events to rank the Red Wolves fourth in the team standings. South Alabama leads the women’s standings with 51 points with Appalachian State (31) third and UT Arlington (28) fourth. After three events scored, the A-State men rank seventh with 10 points. ULM is the day one leader with 21 points scored.

Jaylen Bacon, Nick Hilson and Caitland Smith each posted top marks in preliminaries on the track. Bacon posted a season best in the 200-meter dash of 20.44 seconds, the 12th-fastest time in the nation this year, to lead the field into the final Sunday evening. Nick Hilson led the 400-meter hurdles field with a time of 51.85 seconds ahead of Sunday’s final. Caitland Smith paced the field in the women’s 200-meter dash with a time of 23.21 seconds.

Also qualifying for finals on Sunday were; Nick Hilson (200m dash), Heinrich Herbst (1500m run), Seth Waters (1500m run), Gracee Damron (400m hurdles), Trevene Cowan (400m hurdles), LaCarol Baynes (400m hurdles), Pauline Meyer (1500m run) and Anaelle Charles (1500m run).

Live streaming of the 2018 Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Championships is available on ESPN3 each day. The broadcast begins at 7:30 p.m. (CT) on Saturday and 6:00 p.m. (CT) on Sunday. Live results are available via DeltaTiming.com and updates provided via twitter @AStateGameDay throughout the three-day meet. Full event-by-event schedule is below.

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Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Championships
Bobcat Track & Field Stadium

Men’s Team Rankings (3 Events Scored)
ULM – 21
Louisiana – 19
South Alabama – 18
Troy – 16
UT Arlington – 14
Texas State – 12
Arkansas State – 10
Coastal Carolina – 6
Appalachian State – 1

Women’s Team Rankings (4 Events Scored)
South Alabama – 51
Appalachian State – 31
UT Arlington – 28
Arkansas State – 18
Georgia State – 10
Troy – 10
Coastal Carolina – 7
ULM - 1

Arkansas State Athletes
Men  100 | 7:45 PM Saturday – Prelims, 6:15 PM Sunday – Final
200 | (Prelims) 1. Jaylen Bacon – 20.44Q, 8. Elijah Ross – 21.11q (ranks 9th in program history), 26. Chris Carter – 21.94, 27. Chris Hill – 22.05, Final Sunday 7:00 PM
400 | 7:15 PM Saturday – Prelims, 6:00 PM Sunday – Final
800 | 8:15 PM Saturday – Prelims, 6:30 PM Sunday – Final
1500 | (Prelims) 2. Heinrich Herbst – 4:00.64Q, 4. Seth Waters – 4:00.88Q, Final – Sunday 5:25 PM   
5000 | 7:30 PM Sunday
10000 | 9. John Carder – 33:19.05
110H
 | 6:45 PM Saturday – Prelims, 5:45 PM Sunday – Final
400H | (Prelims) 1. Nick Hilson – 51.85Q, Final Sunday 6:45 PM 3000m
Steeplechase
 | 8:55 PM Saturday
4x100m Relay | 5:05 PM Sunday
4x400m Relay | 8:00 PM Sunday
High Jump | 1:00 PM Sunday
Pole Vault | 3:30 PM Sunday
Long Jump | 2:30 PM Saturday
Triple Jump | 2:00 PM Sunday
Shot Put | 2:00 PM Saturday
Discus Throw | 11:00 AM Sunday
Hammer Throw | 1. Cristian Ravar Ladislau – 67.20m (220-06), 9. Eron Carter – 54.46m (178-08)
Javelin Throw | 9. David Phillips – 53.20m/174-06
Decathlon | Day One – 6. Hayden Hampton 3,582 pts., Day Two – 9:00 AM Saturday

Women 
100
 | 7:30 PM Saturday – Prelims, 6:10 PM Sunday – Final
200 | (Prelims) 1. Caitland Smith – 23.21Q, 14. De’Airis Weakley – 24.738:10 PM Friday – Prelims, 6:55 PM Sunday – Final
400 | 7:00 PM Saturday – Prelims, 5:55 PM Sunday – Final
800 | 8:00 PM Saturday – Prelims, 6:25 PM Sunday – Final
1500 | (Prelims) 5. Pauline Meyer – 4:34.37Q, 6. Anaelle Charles – 4:36.23Q, 13. Greta Carlberg – 4:38.74, Finals – Sunday 5:15 PM
5000 | 7:10 PM Sunday
10000 |
5. Megan Adams – 39:25.90
100H
 | 6:30 PM Saturday – Prelims, 5:40 PM Sunday – Final
400H | (Prelims) 3. Gracee Damron – 1:01.23Q (ranks 6th in program history), 6. LaCarol Baynes – 1:03.05q, 7. Trevene Cowan – 1:03.23q, Final Sunday 6:40 PM
3000m Steeplechase | 8:30 PM Saturday
4x100m Relay | 5:00 PM Sunday
4x400m Relay | 7:55 PM Sunday
High Jump
 | 2:30 PM Saturday
Pole Vault | 2. Sarah Michael – 3.92m/12-10.25 (ranks 7th in program history), 9. Nada Buntic – 3.52m/11-06.50, 11. Lauren Smith – 3.52m/11-06.50
Long Jump | 12:00 PM Saturday
Triple Jump | 4:00 PM Sunday
Shot Put | 1:30 PM Sunday
Discus Throw | 4:30 PM Saturday
Hammer Throw | 3. Calea Carr – 55.90m/183-05, 22. Hannah Higgins – 39.57m/129-10, 23. Babette Vandeput – 34.59m/113-06
Javelin Throw | 9. Kristen Sink – 36.81m/120-09
Heptathlon | Day One – 2. Hannah Dunderdale 3,117 pts., 9. Allie Hensley 2,768 pts., Day Two – 9:30 AM Saturday

*Times subject to change and are listed in CT