Murfeesboro, TN (ASU) – Arkansas State sophomore pole vaulter Stephanie Foreman set a Sun Belt Conference meet and conference record with a 13-3.5 jump capturing her second-straight Sun Belt Indoor Championship during the first day of competition at the Sun Belt Indoor Championships Saturday.
ASU took the top three spots in the women's pole vault with Erica Naeger finishing second at 12-5.5 and Catheryn Frappier finished third at a height of 12-5.5.
The Red Wolves finished competition on day one with the women's team scoring 42 points sitting in third place and the men's team scoring 26 points for a fourth place ranking.
"We were highly successful today on both sides; both teams stepped it up and gave it their all," said ASU head coach Lon Badeaux. "If we do the same tomorrow we can finish really high in the conference and that's all I can ask from them."
ASU scored nine points on the men's side in the men's long jump with Avery Taylor finishing third with a jump of 24-1 and Solorman Williams was sixth with a jump of 23-7.5.
Carlos Mattis got ASU sixth-place points in the high jump with a jump of 6-4.25 and missed scoring in the long jump by just 1.75 feet.
ASU went fifth through seventh in the men's shot putwith Corwin Pace finishing fifth with a throw of 50-6.75, Jesse Williams sixth at 49-7 and Bryant Hankton seventh at 49-3.75.
Dawn L'Heureaux qualified for the final in the women's 800 meters running the seventh-fastest qualifying time at 2:18.31.
In the men's 800 meters, the Red Wolves got three athletes qualified for the finals. Michael Miller ran the fastest qualifying time at 1:53.99 and Robert Lanier ran the eighth fastest time at 1:57.43. Derell Pigram was on pace to finish second in the qualifying heat but was pushed down during the race. ASU filed a protest which came back favorably and resulted in Pigram being admitted to the final.
Chelsea Weaver scored eighth place points for ASU in the women's 3K running a time of 10:36.80, while Caitlin Winey qualified for the finals of the 55 meter hurdles running the seventh-fastest qualifying time at 8.19.
Both ASU's distance medley teams ran well, both finishing in fourth place. The women's team broke its own record in the event, setting a new mark of 12:14.25. On the men's side, the team ran a season-best 10:19.63.
ASU scored points in the women's indoor pentathlon with Carolyn Lewis finishing third with 3,423 points and Kaneshia Hicks finishing fourth with 3,417 points. Lewis and Hicks went first and second in the long jump event of the pentathlon with jumps of 18-5.85 and 18-4.50 respectively.
ASU is also sitting in third and fourth places after the first day of the men's heptathlon. Ethan Turpen ranks in third place with 2,677 points scored while Taylor Short is just behind him with 2,644 points scored. Turpin placed first in the shot put with a throw of 40-10.25.