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Red Wolves win three events in Saturday's ASU Invitational

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:

 

  • In the women's 800 meter run, senior Dawn L'Heureux finished second (2:15.89) and Aubert finished fifth (2:27.98).
  • In the women's mile run, sophomore Sam Salinas finished third (5:03.46) and L'Heureux finished fourth (5:12.54).
  • In the women's 5,000 meter run, junior Chelsea Weaver finished second (18:34.75).
  • In the women's 4x400 ASU (Jamie Perry, Charmisha Morrow, Allyson Perry, Verlisa Pryor) finished fourth (3:49.84).
  • In the women's high jump, freshman Jessica Otto finished second (1.61m).
  • In the women's pole vault, freshman Stephanie Foreman finished second (3.91m), senior Erica Naeger finished third (3.76m) and senior Jennifer Day finished fourth (3.46m).
  • In the women's triple jump, sophomore Jamie Curry finished fourth (11.38m).
  • In the women's weight throw, junior Alyssa Brock finished third (15.73m) and sophomore Julia Agawu placed fifth (15.63m).
  • In the men's 55 meter dash, sophomore Raymond Jackson finished fifth (6.57).
  • In the men's 400 meter dash, junior Sam Scott finished fifth (50.53).
  • In the men's 800 meter run, senior Terrell Pigram finished fifth (1:57.76).
  • In the men's mile run, senior James Ngwiri finished third (4:16.38).
  • In the men's 5,000 meter run, senior Bailey Bunyan finished second (15:06.48).
  • In the men's 55 meter hurdles, junior Solomon Williams finished third (7.86).
  • In the men's 4x400 relay ASU Team A (Lucas Bateman, Joseph Meyer, Ray Henderson, Sam Scott) finished fifth (3:22.86).
  • In the men's pole vault, senior Chuck Damburger finished third (4.75m) and junior Taylor Short finished fourth (4.60m).
  • In the men's shot put, freshman Richard Chavez finished second (15.24m) and junior Corwin Pace finished third (15.19m).
  • In the men's weight throw, freshman Chris Nicasio finished fifth (14.57m).

The Red Wolves will return to action Jan. 29-29 when they travel to Lexington, Ky. for the University of Kentucky Rod McCarvy Invitational.

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