JONESBORO, Ark. (12/4/10) — Arkansas State sophomore Ethan Turpen scored 5,095 points to edge junior teammate Taylor Short and win the heptathlon and lead the Red Wolves' Track & Field team at the 2010 ASU Kickoff Klassic Saturday afternoon at the ASU Convocation Center.
Short scored 4,971 points to finish second and help Arkansas State to three of the top four finishes in the event. ASU freshman William Oliver finished fourth (4,650), just behind Central Arkansas' Donavan Loring, who scored 4,830 points to finish third.
Turpen was the leader after four events at the conclusion of Friday's day one, but slipped to second behind Loring who won the 55 meter hurdles in Saturday's first event. Short took over first place, with Turpen still in second after the pole vault, but Turpen won the 1,000 meter run with a time of 2:48.53 to secure first place overall.
Turpen's win in the heptathlon was one of five first-place finishes on the day for the Red Wolves. Other ASU athletes posting first place finishes on the day were:
· Freshman Ethan Sandusky in the men's pole vault. Sandusky led a 1-3 finish in the event by clearing 5.05 meters, while senior Chuck Damburger topped 4.75 meters to finish third.
· Junior Solomon Williams in the 55 meter hurdles. Williams ran a 7.53 to edge Robert Jackson of Memphis, who finished second with a time of 7.54.
· Sophomore Stephanie Foreman in the women's pole vault, topping 3.90 meters. Senior Erica Naeger tied for second in the event at 3.75 meters with Neal Tisher of Ole Miss.
· Freshman Kristina Aubert placed first and set a new Arkansas State record in the 3,000 meter run. Aubert ran a 9:52.14, to eclipse the record of 10:19.83 set by Maggie Kimani during the 2008-09 indoor season.
"It was nice to get started and I thought the kids competed really well," said ASU head coach Lon Badeaux. "The high points were not just high, they were outstanding. We got some very good performances that would already place really well at the conference meet. Like any first meet of the year, there were some low points, but we will work on correcting those."
"Kristina Aubert set a school record, Stephanie Foreman was jumping for a school record and Ethan Turpen just missed a school record so we saw some really good performances," added Badeaux. "It was very positive going forward."
The Red Wolves will be off until Jan. 14-15, when they travel to Carbondale, Ill. to run in the Southern Illinois Saluki Booster.