JONESBORO, Ark. (7/24/19) – Two of Arkansas State’s 2019 All-Americans, Michael Carr and Caitland Smith, are slated to compete for national championships at the 2019 Toyota USATF Outdoor Championships, beginning Thursday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.
The event, featuring some of the best athletes in the world, will be streamed live on NBC Sports Gold (subscription only), with portions of events held Friday-Sunday on NBC Sports Network (Friday and Sunday) and NBC (Saturday and Sunday). Live results can be found here.
Smith will be the first to compete, running in both the 100m and 200m. The Pelham, Ala., native runs in the 100m first round on Thursday at 4:40 p.m. CT. Should she advance, the semifinals will be held Friday at 5:48 p.m., with the final at 7:44 p.m. She owns personal-best times of 11.22 in the 100m and 22.75 in the 200m, both achieved in May at the NCAA West Prelims in Sacramento, Calif. Her 200m mark was good enough to shatter the school record in the event.
The two-time Sun Belt Conference 100m champion and 200m runner-up Smith will run in the second of four heats in the 100m first round, in which the top three in each heat automatically advance to the semifinals along with the next four fastest times. In the 200m on Saturday, Smith will run in the third of five heats. The top two times in each heat plus the next six fastest times advance to the semifinals.
Carr, A-State’s record holder in the pole vault, is slated to jump Saturday at 2 p.m. in the final. The Jonesboro native qualified with his school-record mark of 5.70m (18-8.25) achieved in June at the NCAA Outdoor Championships to earn a fifth-place finish and First Team All-America laurels.
Carr and Smith are not the only Red Wolves competing in this weekend’s championships, as A-State alums and school record-holders Jaylen Bacon (100m) and Sharika Nelvis (100m hurdles) are also slated to run as well.
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