SACRAMENTO, Calif. (5/23/19) – Arkansas State senior pole vaulter Michael Carr and sophomore long jumper Carter Shell each punched their tickets to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships by way of their performances Thursday at the NCAA West Region Preliminaries at Hornet Stadium.

Sophomore Carter Shell will return to the NCAA Outdoor Championships after punching his ticket in the long jump. On his final attempt, Shell posted a jump of 7.56m (24-9.75) to finish ninth among the 12 qualifiers that advance to Austin, Texas, for the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Shell finished 23rd in the event last year in Eugene, Ore.

Senior Michael Carr also punched his ticket to Austin. After passing on the initial height, Carr cleared the next three of the progression on the first attempt. He was unable to clear 5.36m (17-7) on his initial attempt, but on the second attempt cleared the bar to clinch his spot in Austin. This will be Carr’s first appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Senior Caitland Smith opened her busy week with the 100-meter dash. She clocked the third-fastest qualifying time with a personal-best sprint of 11.24 seconds to win her heat. She advances to the quarterfinal round Friday at 9:35 p.m. (CT) in which the top 12 will advance to Austin.

Two freshmen saw their seasons come to a close on Thursday. Freshman Sydney Lane cleared 1.70m (5-7) in high jump to place tied for 30th. Freshman Courtney Thomas also competed in the long jump, placing 43rd with a leap of 6.70m (21-11.75).

The Red Wolves will have competitors in five events on Friday in Sacramento. Grace Flowers and Babette Vandeput get the day started for A-State at 2:00 p.m. (CT) in the discus throw. Ke’Von Holder and Amari James hit the track at 7:00 p.m. (CT) for the 110-meter hurdles first round. Smith runs in the 200-meter dash first round at 9:30 p.m. (CT) and Bennett Pascoe faces the grueling 3,000-meter steeplechase at 11:00 p.m. (CT).

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NCAA West Region Preliminary
Hornet Stadium | Sacramento, Calif.

110m Hurdles: Amari James and Ke’Von Holder | First Round May 24 7:00 PM (CT), Quarterfinal – May 25 9:20 PM (CT)
3000m Steeplechase:
Bennett Pascoe | Quarterfinal May 24 11:00 PM (CT)
4x100m Relay:
Amari James, Ke’Von Holder, Jermie Walker, Courtney Thomas | Quarterfinal – May 25 8:15 PM (CT)
High Jump:
Tiaan Steenkamp | First Round – May 25 6:00 PM (CT)
Pole Vault:
4. Michael Carr – 5.36m/17-7q (Advances to Austin)
Long Jump:
9. Carter Shell – 7.56m/24-9.75q (Advances to Austin), 43. Courtney Thomas – 6.70m/21-11.75
Triple Jump:
Carter Shell | First Round – May 25 8:30 PM (CT)

100m Dash:
First Round - 3. Caitland Smith – 11.24Q (ranks 2nd in program history), Quarterfinal – Friday 8:00 p.m. (CT)
200m Dash:
Caitland Smith | First Round – May 24 9:30 PM (CT), Quarterfinal – May 25 9:35 PM (CT)
4x100m Relay:
Jonae Cook, Caitland Smith, Osereme Erewele, Kerra Williams | Quarterfinal – May 25 8:00 PM (CT)
High Jump:
T30. Sydney Lane – 1.70m/5-7
Triple Jump:
Imani Udoumana | First Round – May 25 5:00 PM (CT)
Shot Put:
Grace Flowers | First Round – May 25 7:15 PM (CT)
Discus Throw:
Grace Flowers and Babette Vandeput | First Round – May 24 2:00 PM (CT)