ENTON, Texas (ASU) - The Arkansas State track & field teams completed action Sunday at the 2010 Sun Belt Track and Field Championships hosted by North Texas.
The Arkansas state women's team scored 69.5 points to finish fifth in the competition, the highest they have finished since the 2001 season in which they captured the championship. The men's team scored 66 points finishing in eighth place.
"We were extremely excited about the women's performance with them placing higher than they have in years. The future looks very bright on the women's side," said ASU head coach Lon Badeaux. "On the men's side we gave up too many opportunities. We didn't score where we should have scored, but we had the effort. Just have to move forward and try to get better in the future. We all competed very well and our seniors gave us great leadership so I am very proud of them."
On the men's side the Red Wolves captured second and fourth places in the men's pole vault. Senior Jeremy Willis was second jumping 16-1.75 while senior David Starnes was fourth at 15-7.75.
ASU freshman Solomon Williams captured second in the men's 110 hurdles posting a time of 14.14. A-State also got points from junior Lucas Bateman who was sixth in the 110 hurdles posting a time of 14.84.
Bateman also finished sixth in the 400 hurdles with a time of 54.64 while sophomore Ray Henderson was seventh at 55.67.
ASU had a pair of solid performances in the 800, on the men's side sophomore Robert Lanier was fifth in a time of 1:57.38 and on the women's side junior Dawn L'Heureux was sixth in a time of 2:18.63.
ASU also scored in both 4X400 races. The women's squad made up of Teondra Poole, Caitlin Winey, Verlisa Pryor and Allyson Perry finished fourth with a time of 3:50.68. The men's squad which is composed of Williams, Henderson, Lanier and Sam Scott finished fifth with a time of 3:19.88.
Winey posted a pair of personal bests in the finals on Sunday, placing fourth in the 400 hurdles and 5th in the 100 hurdles. Her 400 time of 1:00.96 scored ASU five points while she notched four points for her time of 13.82 got ASU four points in the 100 hurdles.
Perry scored seventh place points for the Red Wolves in the 400. Perry's time of 58.28 scored two points for ASU.