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ASU Track and Field sweeps pole vault events at Saluki Open

CARBONDALE, IL (ASU) – Arkansas State senior James Ngwiri posted a second-place finish in the 3,000 meter run, freshman William Oliver finished second in the triple jump and freshman Shakira Nelvis led the ASU women with a third-place finish in the 60 meter dash in the final day of competition at the Southern Illinois University Saluki Open Saturday in Carbondale, Ill.


Ngwiri finished second in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 8:47.05, while Oliver jumped a personal-best 14.76 meters in the triple jump.  Nelvis ran a 7.80 for the third-place finish in the 60 meter dash.


A-State's success on the second day of the Saluki Open came on the heels two first-place finishes the in pole vault when the meet opened Friday.


Pole vaulters Ethan Sandusky and Stephanie Foreman took top honors in the event as competition began Friday, with Sandusky clearing 4.79 meters to win the men's vault and Foreman jumping 3.74 meters to win the women's vault.  ASU's Erica Naeger finished second behind Foreman with a jump of 3.59.


"Overall, I was very pleased with our showing this weekend," said ASU head coach Lon Badeaux.  "We were obviously a little rusty coming off the break, which we expected, but those are fixable mistakes.  Things are looking good for us and we will be happy to be back home next weekend at the ASU Invitational."


Other A-State athletes posting top-10 finishes in Saturday's action were:


  • In the women's 800 meter run, junior Charmisha Morro finished fifth (2:22.06), senior Dawn L'Heureux finished sixth (2:22.40) and senior Allyson Perry finished eighth (2:26.30)
  • In the women's mile run, freshman Kristina Aubert finished fifth (5:09.72) and L'Heureux finished eighth (5:14.96).
  • In the women's 3,000 meter run, sophomore Sam Salinas placed fourth (10:30.84).
  • In the women's 60 meter hurdles, junior Kanesha Hicks finished fourth (9.11).
  • In the women's weight throw, sophomore Julia Agawu placed eighth (15.60m)
  • In the men's 60 meter dash, sophomore Raymond Jackson finished seventh (7.04)
  • In the men's 800 meter run, senior Ray Henderson finished eighth (2:03.48)
  • In the men's mile run, senior Bailey Bunyan finished eighth (4:22.68)
  • In the men's 60 meter hurdles, junior Solomon Williams finished sixth (8.56)
  • In the men's high jump, sophomore Ethan Turpen finished ninth (1.85m)
  • In the men's shot put, junior Corwin Pace finished sixth (15.42m) and freshman Richard Chaves finished eighth (15.22m)


The Red Wolves will return to action Jan. 22 when they host the ASU Invitational at the Convocation Center.

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