ASU's Foreman Qualifies For NCAA Regional At Rhodes Open

JONESBORO, Ar - Arkansas State freshman pole vaulter Stephanie Foreman qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Regional in ASU's first outdoor track meet of the 2009 season Saturday at the Rhodes Open in Memphis, Tenn. Foreman led four ASU pole vaulters who finished atop the competition with a jump of 12-7.50.

ASU's Catherine Frappier, Erica Naeger and Jennifer Day finished second through fourth respectively. Frappier jumped at 12-0 and Naeger and Day at 11-5.75.

On the men's side the Red Wolves also took top honors in the pole vault with junior Jeremy Willis winning with a height of 15-11, a full foot higher than the second-place finisher.

"These first meets are always tough, you have to go back to training after indoor and you just want to get this first meet under your belt," said ASU head coach Lon Badeaux. "For a first meet I was happy with how our team performed."

ASU senior Amy Bowman picked up where she left off at the Sun Belt Conference Indoor meet, by winning the women's 100 meter dash with a time of 14.33. Bowman led five ASU athletes who finished in the top seven.

Kanesha Hicks finished third (15.51), Caitlin Winey fourth (15.56), Carolyn Lewis fifth (15.70) and Alyssa Merriott came in seventh (16.19) in the 100.

ASU freshman Lucas Bateman placed second in the men's 110m hurdles posting a time of 14.84 while freshman Sam Scott placed second in the men's 400m dash with a time of 49.48.

ASU sophomore distance runner Dawn L'Heureaux set personal records in the 800m and the 1500m. She placed fifth in the 800 with a time of 2:18.42 and finished 10th in the 1500 with a time of 4:49.62.

Through the obstacle of rainy conditions to begin the meet, ASU still posted several strong showings in the field events.

Senior Jamale Garrett placed second in the men's long jump with a distance of 21-10.75 while junior Carlos Mattis placed third in the triple jump with a distance of 48-3.5.

Red Wolves freshman Jamie Fleming finished fourth in the women's discus throw with a distance of 116-02 while ASU had two top four finishes on the men's side of the discus with junior Jessee Williams finishing second with a throw of 161-08 and freshman Corwin Pace placing fourth with a throw of 151-03.

In the men's shot put ASU placed two in the top-five with junior Bryant Hankton throwing a fourth-best 46-5.25 and Pace throwing 44-9.50 to come in fifth.

ASU will return to the track at the LSU Relays March 27-28