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ASU's Samantha Salinas & Solomon Williams win awards

Murfeesboro, TN (ASU) - Action wrapped up at the Sun Belt Conference Indoor track and field championships as ASU saw a new record set in the women's mile by freshman distance runner Samantha Salinas.

Salinas broke an 18-year old record running a time of 5:03.46 for A-State, scoring fifth place points in the meet. Salinas also scored points for the Red Wolves in the 5K finishing seventh with a time of 18:10.93.

Freshman sprinter and jumper Solomon Williams was named freshman of the year after scoring 18 points individually.

In the second day of competition, Williams helped the 4X440 relay team to a fifth place finish and took home fourth-place points in the triple jump with a jump of 48-6.00. Seniors Carlos Mattis and Avery Taylor also took home points in the triple jump with seventh and eighth place finishes respectively.

As a team the Arkansas State women finished in fourth place scoring 64 points. The Red Wolves men completed action with a fifth place finish scoring 72 points.

"I was really excited and proud of how these kids competed," said ASU head coach Lon Badeaux. "The girls did a phenomenal job and the men, although they left a few points out there, did a great job also. After a great meet we are looking forward to outdoor where we feel like we have a better team. The seniors did a great job of leading our team during their final SBC indoor meet."

Junior Dawn L'Heureux scored sixth-place points for ASU running  a time of 2:19.65 in the 800 meter run while senior Caitlin Winey got eighth place points in the 55 meter hurdles running a time of 8.17.

The women's 4X440 team consisting of Winey, Kaneshia Hicks, Allyson Perry and Jamie Curry finished sixth with a time of 4:00.38. Curry got ASU fifth place points with a jump of 38-9.50 in the triple jump. Senior Carolyn Lewis also took points in the triple jump with a seventh place 38-4.75.

ASU's scoring on the women's side wrapped in the women's weight throw with sophomore Alyssa Brock turning in a seventh-place 54-4.50 and freshman Julia Agawu scoring eighth-place points with a throw of 53-9.00.

Although being admitted to the men's final because of a protest, ASU senior Derrell Pigram took advantage of the situation, scoring fourth place points in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:53.75. Sophomore Robert Lanier also scored points for ASU finishing eighth with a time of 1:56.63.

Junior James Ngwiri took home sixth place points for ASU in the men's mile finishing with a time of 4:16.38.

Senior Bryant Hankton took third place points for ASU throwing a mark of 58-4.50 in the weight throw. Fellow senior David Starnes also took home sixth place points for the Red Wolves with a jump of 15-7 in the pole vault.

The men's heptathlon wrapped up with both ASU athletes scoring points. Sophomore Taylor Short finished in sixth with 4,646 points while freshman Ethan Turpen finished in seventh with 4,583 points.

ASU will continue to chase NCAA qualifying marks at the Last Chance Meet on Friday at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

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