ATHENS, Ga. (4/6/19) – Nine top-10 program ranks, including a school record in the women’s 4x100m relay, highlighted a strong weekend for the Arkansas State track and field teams at the Spec Towns Invitational.

Caitland Smith took the top time in the 200-meter dash sprinting to a finish of 23.27 seconds. Smith along with Jonae Cook, Kerra Williams and Osereme Erewele improved their school record in the 4x100-meter relay to 45.13 seconds.

Emma Nwofor competed in the heptathlon and nearly reached Shundra Smith’s school record total of 5,377 points set in 1996. Nwofor totaled 5,361 points for second at the meet and second-most in school history. The total ranks second in the Sun Belt Conference, third in the NCAA West Region and fifth nationally.

The women’s throws group had a strong weekend with four top-10 program marks. Babette Vandeput placed second in the discus throw at 49.70m (163-1) while Grace Flowers placed fifth with a throw of 48.85m (160-3), the fifth-best throw in program history. Flowers finished third in the hammer throw at 55.06m (180-8), the third-best throw in program history. Hannah Higgins finished sixth in the hammer throw at 50.61m (166-0), the sixth-best throw on the program charts. Evangelynn Harris placed third in the shot put and her throw of 14.48m (47-6.25) ranks sixth in program history.

Sydney Lane continued her strong freshman season with a big clearance in the high jump. She cleared 1.75m (5-8.75) to tie for seventh-best clearance in program history. Imani Udoumana finished second in the triple jump with a leap of 12.52m (41-1), tied for the sixth-best jump in program history. Frank Massey took second place in the men’s high jump clearing 2.12m (6-11.50), a personal-best.

Those also earning top-five finishes included; Heinrich Herbst in 800m run (2nd – 1:52.61), Carter Shell in long jump (2nd – 7.59m/24-11.00), Gracee Damron in 400m hurdles (3rd – 1:01.96), Arabriaun Mack in triple jump (4th – 11.87m/38-11.50), Courtney Thomas in triple jump (4th – 14.47m/47-5.75), Johnaya Givens in triple jump (5th – 11.66m/38-3.25), Ke’Von Holder in 110m hurdles (5th – 14.49), Tiaan Steenkamp in high jump (5th – 2.02m/6-7.50), Courtney Thomas in long jump (5th – 7.14m/23-5.25), Jermie Walker in 400m dash (5th – 47.59)

A-State is scheduled to have student-athletes compete at the Triton Invitational in San Deigo, Calif., and the Joe Walker Invitational in Oxford, Miss., next week. The Red Wolves Open is scheduled for April 19-20 at the A-State Track & Field Complex and A-State will host the 2019 Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Championships May 10-12. For the latest on the A-State track and field, log onto the team’s Facebook page at or follow the team on Twitter or Instagram at @AStateTrack. 

Spec Towns Invitational
Spec Towns Track | Athens, Ga.

100m Dash:
200m Dash: None
400m Dash: 5. Jermie Walker – 47.59
800m Run: 2. Heinrich Herbst – 1:52.61, 6. Seth Waters – 1:54.83, 11. Jacob Oury – 1:59.37
1500m Run:
5000m Run: None
110m Hurdles: 5. Ke’Von Holder – 14.49, 8. Amari James – 14.75
400m Hurdles: 10. Darrian Lockett – 54.89
3000m Steeplechase:
4x100m Relay: None
4x400m Relay:
High Jump: 2. Frank Massey – 2.12m/6-11.50, 5. Tiaan Steenkamp – 2.02m/6-7.50
Pole Vault: None
Long Jump: 2. Carter Shell – 7.59m/24-11, 5. Courtney Thomas – 7.14m/23-5.25
Triple Jump: 4. Courtney Thomas – 14.47m/47-5.75, 8. Carter Shell – 12.56m/41-2.50
Shot Put: 7. Eron Carter – 16.02m/52-6.75, 8. Eric Williams – 15.97m/52-4.75, 9. Jermaine Anderson – 15.28m/50-1.75
Discus Throw: 2. LeeRoi Johnson – 51.93m/170-4, 3. Eron Carter – 51.00m/167-4, 8. Eric Williams – 47.31m/155-2
Hammer Throw: 7. LeeRoi Johnson – 52.39m/171-10 (ranks 8th in program history), 9. Eron Carter – 47.10m/154-6
Javelin Throw: None
Decathlon: 7. Hayden Hampton – 5,688 points

100m Dash:
10. Osereme Erewele – 12.07
200m Dash: 1. Caitland Smith – 23.27
400m Dash: None
800m Run: 6. Anaelle Charles – 2:14.57
1500m Run:
9. Pauline Meyer – 4:48.90
5000m Run: None
100m Hurdles: None
400m Hurdles: 3. Gracee Damron – 1:01.96, 6. Kerra Williams – 1:05.03
3000m Steeplechase:
4x100m Relay: 3. Arkansas State ‘A’ – 45.13 (school record)
4x400m Relay:
High Jump:
3. Sydney Lane – 1.75m/5-8.75 (ranks tied for 7th in program history)
Pole Vault: 6. Sarah Michael – 3.65m/11-11.75
Long Jump: 10. Arabriaun Mack – 5.53m/18-1.75, 11. Johnaya Givens – 5.43m/17-9.75
Triple Jump: 2. Imani Udoumana – 12.52m/41-1 (ranks tied for 6th in program history), 4. Arabriaun Mack – 11.87m/38-11.50, 5. Johnaya Givens – 11.66m/38-3.25
Shot Put: 3. Evangelynn Harris – 14.48m/47-6.25 (ranks 6th in program history)
Discus Throw: 2. Babette Vandeput – 49.70m/163-1, 5. Grace Flowers – 48.85m/160-3 (ranks 5th in program history), 7. Evangelynn Harris – 45.21m/148-4, 8. Hannah Higgins – 40.49m/132-10
Hammer Throw: 3. Grace Flowers – 55.06m/180-8 (ranks 3rd in program history), 6. Hannah Higgins – 50.61m/166-0 (ranks 6th in program history), 9. Babette Vandeput – 45.99m/150-10
Javelin Throw: None
Heptathlon: 3. Emma Nwofor – 5,361 points (ranks 2nd in program history)