Jonesboro (KAIT) - The Arkansas State men's and women's track
and field teams sprinted ahead of the pack to win the ASU Invitational. The men finished with 147 total points and two top finishes, while the women notched 179.50 points and four top finishes Sunday at the Convocation Center. Both teams won by at least 25 points.
"We've talked a lot about being a team this week, and it was very
satisfying to see it this weekend," said ASU head coach Lon Badeaux.
"They've got to understand that it's important to win, because this
sport is individual most of the time, just chasing marks. I think
they really took that to heart and gave some great performances."
The ASU women's top finish of the day came in the 800-meter run by
Mary Edwards (2:21.69). Reilly McAtee finished second in both the mile
(5:13.12) and the 3000-meter run (10:43.14), while Lesly Hale finished
second in the high jump with a 1.63m jump and Alyssa Brock notched
second in the weight throw with a throw of 16.20m.
On the men's side, Ethan Turpen and Taylor Short finished second and
third respectively in the heptathlon. Turpen won the shot put
(11.98m), high jump (1.90m) and 1000-meter run (2:50.96). Short won
the pole vault event (4.40m).
James Ngwiri won the 5000-meter run with a time of 15:35.47, while
Derell Pigram won the 800-meter run with a time of 1:56.59.
ASU will travel to Lawrence, KS Friday for the Jayhawk Invitational on the campus of the University of Kansas.
ASU Invitational Men's Final Team Results
1. Arkansas State - 147
2. Memphis - 122
3. Louisiana-Lafayette - 94.50
4. Arkansas-Little Rock - 82
5. Central Arkansas - 75
6. Southern - 61.50
7. Arkansas-Pine Bluff - 41
8. Mississippi Valley State - 18
ASU Invitational Women's Final Team Results
1. Arkansas State - 179.50
2. Memphis - 128.50
3. Louisiana-Lafayette - 92
4. Central Arkansas - 59
5. Southern - 52
6. UALR - 51
T7. Arkansas-Pine Bluff - 41