JONESBORO, Ark. (1/22/11) – Arkansas State freshman Shakira Nelvis set a new school record to win the 55 meter hurdles, freshman Kristina Aubert won the mile run and freshman Ethan Sandusky finished first in the pole vault to lead the Red Wolves at the ASU Invitational Saturday at the Convocation Center.
Nelvis ran a 7.97 to edge Louisiana Tech's Tiana Davis (7.98) and break the ASU record of 7.99 set by Valerie Lee (1988) and Shundra Smith (1999). Aubert ran the mile in 5:07.67 to lead the Red Wolves to a 1-3-4 finish in the event, and Sandusky cleared 15-9.25 to also lead ASU to a 1-3-4 finish in the men's pole vault.
"I was pleased overall with the performances tonight, considering we were running with heavy legs from a hard week of practice," said ASU head coach Lon Badeaux. "We were very happy with freshman Sharika Nelvis breaking the school record in the 55 hurdles the first time she has run them for us, and with Charmisha Morrow posting the conference-best time in the 400."
Morrow, a junior, ran a 55.76 in the 400 meters to finish third in the event behind Ole Miss' Sofie Persson and Kristin Bridges, who ran first and second, respectively.
"The distance group had a pretty good day, the pole vaulters and multi event guys posted good places and personal records and the throwers had some breakthroughs," Badeaux added.
Other A-State athletes posting top-5 finishes in Saturday's action were:
The Red Wolves will return to action Jan. 29-29 when they travel to Lexington, Ky. for the University of Kentucky Rod McCarvy Invitational.