SAN MARCOS, Texas (5/13/18) – The Arkansas State men’s track and field team won its fourth Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Championship Sunday while the women’s team finished second, one point behind host Texas State.

The title for the men’s squad marks the first time in program history that A-State has won the indoor and outdoor Sun Belt Conference titles in the same season. The Red Wolves earned the indoor title back in February and totaled 159 points to win by 28 points over Texas State (131). This is the eighth outdoor championship in program history and the 17th total championship for the men’s program.

A-State claimed four men’s individual titles on Sunday alone with seven additional podium finishes. The Red Wolves women’s team won two individual gold medals Sunday while adding three silver medals and a bronze medal finish.

“I’m extremely proud of our men’s team and this may very well be the highest point total for a men’s team at the outdoor championships,” said A-State head coach Jim Patchell. “Our guys fought hard and did a great job defending their indoor championship. I’m equally as proud of our women’s team tonight and as far as I’m concerned, we won two championships. I watched the video and the disqualification ruling in the 800 was disappointing. I hope the Sun Belt Conference office will take a serious review of this process. It’s unfortunate the championship came down to that. ”

Senior Jaylen Bacon closed his career in Sun Belt Conference Championships action in dominating fashion as he earned gold in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash. He posted a time of 9.99 seconds in the 100-meter dash for the second-straight night, the nation’s fastest time this year, for the win. In the 200-meter dash, he set a personal-best as he crossed the line in 20.25 seconds, the second-fastest time in program history and seventh-fastest in the nation this year. The two gold medals gave Bacon nine SBC gold medals in his illustrious career as he sweeps the 100-meter and 200-meter dash at the outdoor championships for the third-consecutive season.

Bacon was joined on the podium in both the 100 and 200-meter dash by Elijah Ross. Ross placed third in both races for valuable points. He posted a time of 10.25 seconds in the 100-meter dash and the third-fastest time in program history in the 200-meter dash at 20.68 seconds. Both times will see Ross join Bacon at the NCAA West Region Preliminary.

“That was a great show by Jaylen and Elijah,” Patchell said. “We expected Jaylen to do this and he ran extremely well, but Elijah Ross was fantastic. Elijah qualified for regionals in both events and we are definitely going to miss those two guys next year. This of course is not the end of their career, but we are excited we got this championship for them.”

The 1,500-meter run was pivotal for the A-State men as Heinrich Herbst and Seth Waters finished first and second, respectively, for 18 points. Herbst paced the field with a time of 3:54.60 while Waters was on his heels at 3:55.95. Herbst faced a quick turnaround and raced in the 800-meter run an hour later and placed third with a time of 1:49.84. Jacob Oury had a time of 1:52.78 in the 800-meter run to give the Red Wolves nine points in the event. Nick Hilson was fractions of a second away from the top finish in the 400-meter hurdles as he crossed the line second in 51.41 seconds, the second-fastest time in program history, just behind the winning time of 51.37 seconds.

A-State grossed an important 15 addition points in the high jump. David Phillips won with clearance of 2.09m (6-10.25) and Dylan Western was fourth at 2.04m (6-08.25). Itamar Levi finished second in discus throw mark of 53.81m (176-06) for eight points while the Red Wolves added 10 points from the triple jump with Jonah Wiley fourth (14.80m/48-06.75), Carter Shell fifth (14.51m/47-07.25) and Amari James eighth (13.91m/45-07.75). Michael Carr and Matthew Keown earned the Red Wolves 11 points in the pole vault with Carr placing second (5.17m/16-11.50) and Matthew Keown finishing sixth (5.07m/16-07.50).

Calea Carr earned high point scorer honors for the women’s meet as she totaled 24 points over the three-day meet. Carr won the shot put competition on Sunday with a throw of 15.61m (51-02.75), the second ranked throw in program history. Carr placed second in the discus throw (51.22m/168-00) and third in the hammer throw (55.90m/183-05) to round out her exceptional weekend.

“Calea had an outstanding meet and we are so proud of her,” Patchell said. “We expected a lot from her for the women to have a chance and she came through. Calea is so important to this team and we will definitely miss her next season, but she’s not done yet.”

Caitland Smith gave A-State a sweep of the men’s and women’s 100-meter dash and was just shy of the sweep in the 200-meter dash. Smith clocked an 11.29 seconds time in the 100-meter dash, the second-fastest in program history for the win. In the 200-meter dash, Smith established the school record at 23.03 seconds to finish second. Briana Hardiman had the third-fastest 400-meter dash time in program history of 54.08 seconds to finish second in the 400-meter dash.

“You can see the new dimension that Caitland brought to our women’s squad,” Patchell said. “She set the school record in the 200 and was fairly close to it in the 100. The fact that we get her for another year is exciting, but she’s gearing up for the regional preliminary as well.”

Darragh May, who placed third in the high jump Saturday, had another podium finish on Sunday placing second in the 100-meter hurdles. May raced to a time of 13.65 seconds to add eight points for the women’s squad. Anaelle Charles was third in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:31.28 for six additional points and Charles and Rebecca Eldien finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 5,000-meter run to give A-State a four point lead heading into the final event.

A-State needed a top three finish in the 4x400-meter relay to clinch the women’s championship. The Red Wolves finished fourth with a time of 3:45.36, the third-fastest in program history, but Texas State won to edge out A-State in the final standings. The final standings were not without controversy though, as the Red Wolves saw a protest result in a disqualification of six points in the women’s 800-meter run due to “impeding.”

A-State has multiple athletes projected to advance to the NCAA West Region Preliminary May 24-26 in Sacramento, Calif. Entries for the meet will be finalized later this week.

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Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Championships
Bobcat Track & Field Stadium

Men’s Team Rankings
Arkansas State – 159

Texas State – 131
UT Arlington – 109
Troy – 82.50
Appalachian State – 74
Coastal Carolina – 68
ULM – 61
South Alabama – 61
Louisiana – 60.50
Little Rock – 13

Women’s Team Rankings
Texas State – 139.50
Arkansas State – 138.50
South Alabama – 119
UT Arlington – 89
Appalachian State – 82.50
Troy – 80
Georgia State – 56
Coastal Carolina – 55
Louisiana – 22.50
Little Rock – 21
Georgia Southern – 7 ULM – 7

Arkansas State Athletes

Men 
100
 | (Final) 1. Jaylen Bacon – 9.99 (fastest time in nation), 3. Elijah Ross – 10.25, (Prelims) 1. Jaylen Bacon – 9.99Q, 6. Elijah Ross – 10.36q, 26. Chris Hill – 10.79
200 | (Final) 1. Jaylen Bacon – 20.25 (championship record, ranks 2nd in program history), 3. Elijah Ross – 20.68 (ranks 3rd in program history), (Prelims) 1. Jaylen Bacon – 20.44Q, 8. Elijah Ross – 21.11q, 26. Chris Carter – 21.94, 27. Chris Hill – 22.05
400 | (Prelims) 19. Landon Abernathy – 50.29
800 | (Final) 3. Heinrich Herbst – 1:49.84, 6. Jacob Oury – 1:52.78, (Prelims) 1. Heinrich Herbst – 1:50.67Q, 4. Jacob Oury – 1:52.29q, 18. Zach VanGundy – 1:57.36
1500 | (Final) 1. Heinrich Herbst – 3:54.60, 2. Seth Waters – 3:55.95, (Prelims) 2. Heinrich Herbst – 4:00.64Q, 4. Seth Waters – 4:00.88Q
5000 | 17. Seth Waters – 15:50.68, 21. John Carder – 16:02.39, 26. Bennett Pascoe – 16:24.70
10000 | 9. John Carder – 33:19.05
110H
 | 11. Amari James – 14.61, 12. Ke’Von Holder – 14.81
400H | (Final) 2. Nick Hilson – 51.41 (ranks 2nd in program history), (Prelims) 1. Nick Hilson – 51.85Q
3000m Steeplechase | 7. Bennett Pascoe – 9:40.09
4x100m Relay | 4. Arkansas State ‘A’ – 40.15
4x400m Relay | 9. Arkansas State ‘A’ – 3:30.30
High Jump
 | 1. David Phillips – 2.09m/6-10.25, 4. Dylan Western – 2.04m/6-08.25, 12. Hayden Hampton – 1.94m/6-4.25
Pole Vault | 2. Michael Carr – 5.17m/16-11.50, 6. Matthew Keown – 5.07m/16-07.50
Long Jump | 2. Carter Shell – 7.54m/24-09.00, 5. Jamil Peeples – 7.42m/24-04.25, 8. Jonah Wiley – 7.27m/23-10.25
Triple Jump | 4. Jonah Wiley – 14.80m/48-06.75, 5. Carter Shell – 14.51m/47-07.25, 8. Amari James – 13.91m/45-07.75
Shot Put | 2. Itamar Levi – 18.67m/61-03.00, 7. Cristian Ravar Ladislau – 16.34m/53-07.50, 13. Eric Williams – 15.44m/50-08.00, 14. Eron Carter – 15.38m/50-05.50
Discus Throw | 2. Itamar Levi – 53.81m/176-06, 16. Eron Carter – 46.22m/151-08, 17. Eric Williams – 45.03m/147-09
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 | 2. Hayden Hampton – 6,935 pts.

Women 
100
 | (Final) 1. Caitland Smith – 11.29 (ranks 2nd in program history), (Prelims) 1. Caitland Smith – 11.33Q, 17. De’Airis Weakley – 11.99
200 | 2. Caitland Smith – 23.03 (school record), (Prelims) 1. Caitland Smith – 23.21Q, 14. De’Airis Weakley – 24.73
400 | (Final) 2. Briana Hardiman – 54.08 (ranks 3rd in program history), (Prelims) 1. Briana Hardiman – 54.35Q, 17. Nia Davis – 58.24
800 | (Prelims) 3. Pauline Meyer – 2:12.87Q
1500 | (Final) 3. Anaelle Charles – 4:31.28, 10. Pauline Meyer – 4:44.76, (Prelims) 5. Pauline Meyer – 4:34.37Q, 6. Anaelle Charles – 4:36.23Q, 13. Greta Carlberg – 4:38.74
5000 | 4. Anaelle Charles – 17:57.89, 5. Rebecca Eldien – 17:59.88 (ranks 10th in program history), 18. Greta Carlberg – 18:54.00, 27. Megan Adams – 19:24.52, 32. Hannah Shelby – 19:33.24, 33. Sammy Brainard – 19:38.21
10000 |
5. Megan Adams – 39:25.90
100H
 | (Final) 2. Darragh May – 13.65, (Prelims) 2. Darragh May – 13.62Q (ranks 3rd in program history, 15. Trevene Cowan – 14.49, 16. Hannah Dunderdale – 14.496:30 PM Saturday – Prelims, 5:40 PM Sunday – Final
400H | (Final) 4. Gracee Damron – 59.90 (ranks 2nd in program history), 6. Trevene Cowan – 1:03.69, 7. LaCarol Baynes – 1:04.75, (Prelims) 3. Gracee Damron – 1:01.23Q (ranks 6th in program history), 6. LaCarol Baynes – 1:03.05q, 7. Trevene Cowan – 1:03.23q
3000m Steeplechase | 8. Rebecca Eldien – 11:19.80, 11. Sammy Brainard – 11:48.82
4x100m Relay | 4. Arkansas State ‘A’ – 46.11
4x400m Relay | 4. Arkansas State ‘A’ – 3:45.36 (ranks 3rd in program history)
High Jump
 | T3. Darragh May – 1.74m/5-08.50
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 | 9. Arabriaun Mack – 5.75m/18-10.50
Triple Jump | None
Shot Put | 1. Calea Carr – 15.61m/51-02.75 (ranks 2nd in program history), 5. Danielle Lorenz – 14.93m/48-11.75 (ranks 3rd in program history)
Discus Throw | 1. Babette Vandeput – 51.71m/169-08, 2. Calea Carr – 51.22m/168-00, 4. Hannah Higgins – 47.44m/155-08, 12. Danielle Lorenz – 40.80m/133-10
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 | 3. Hannah Dunderdale – 5,189 pts., 7. Allie Hensley – 4,674 pts.