ASU Decathletes shine at Kansas Relays

Jonesboro (ASU) – The Arkansas State track & field teams were able to get some quality marks out of their first chances this season to compete in the multievents and run the 10K races at the Kansas Relays Wednesday and Thursday.

The Red Wolves had solid performances out of all their multiathletes with decathletes Taylor Short and Ethan Turpin leading the way. Short finished third with a personal best 6,413 points with PRs in a number of the multievents. Turpin took advantage of his first collegiate decathlon sheeting 6,346 points. Short's point total is the second highest in the conference this season while Turpin's mark is third best.

"We were extremely excited to see that we were able to pick up where we left off from the momentum from last week," said ASU head coach Lon Badeaux. "I was especially excited to see where we were in the 10K and multievents and I was very pleased with the results."

ASU's heptathltes Kanesha Hicks and Carolyn Lewis posted competitive performances which should net each a top-three slot in the Sun Belt. Hicks finished with 4,419 points which is the second-highest total this season in the SBC and Lewis had 4,276 points which is third-best.

In the 10K races, the Red Wolves were able to test their endurance and shined with Samantha Salinas turning in a ninth place finish with a time of 39:18.96 and Bailey Bunyan finishing 13th on the men's side with a time of 32:32.90.

ASU has a short turnaround before returning to competition on Saturday at the Memphis Invitational.