BATON ROUGE, La. (3/26/10) - The Arkansas State track and field teams opened outdoor season in impressive fashion turning in a slew of top performances in the first day of competition at the LSU Relays Friday.
The Red Wolves were led in the event by their women's 4X800 team which captured top honors running a time of 9:30.57. Dawn L'Heureaux ran the first leg of the relay followed by Reilly McAtee, Chelsea Weaver with Samantha Salinas running the anchor leg.
"Today was a successful start to the outdoor season," said ASU head coach Lon Badeaux. "It was good to knock some of the rust off and we are looking forward to some good performances tomorrow."
Soloman Williams clocked a lead leading time in the preliminaries of the 110 meter hurdles turning in a 14.35 which was the third fastest time to qualify for the finals.
Caitlin Winey turned in a pair of good performances running a personal best 14.36 in the 100 meter hurdles while setting a new conference leading mark in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:02.28. Winey's time in the 400 hurdles was the fourth fastest qualifying time for the final event.
Carolyn Lewis jumped 5.56 meters in the women's long jump finishing seventh in the event while Kaneshia Hicks finished 14th in the event with a distance of 4.97 meters.
ASU got a pair of solid performances by their men's high jumpers with Carlos Mattis jumping a 6-6 and Ethan Turpen jumping a personal best 6-4. Mattis was fourth in the event while Turpen was eighth.
The Red Wolves also got solid performances from top to bottom in the men's 5K. Bailey Bunyan was A-State's top performer in his first outdoor meet of his career. Bunyan finished fifth in the event with a personal best 15:20.97. Henry Ndichu finished ninth in the event with a time of 15:31.18 while David Mills was 15th with a time of 15:41.26.