ASU Men finish 3rd, Women 4th at Sun Belt Indoor Championships

JONESBORO, Ark. (ASU) – The Arkansas State track & field teams completed action at the 2012 Sun Belt Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships Saturday. The men's team totaled 90.50 points for a third-place finish while the women scored 83.50 points finishing fourth.

ASU's Sharika Nelvis was the top point scorer on the women's side as she won a trip of final events on Saturday. Nelvis captured the championships in the 55m run and 55m hurdles with times of 6.91 and 7.82. She also won the 200m run with a time of 23.80.

"Overall we had okay performances, but we had some individuals who really shined," said ASU head coach Jim Patchell. "It was a strong finish for the team, but we still have some improving to do on both sides. We are looking forward to getting outdoor season started."

Solomon Williams and Joey Meyer each scored in two events on the men's side. Meyer was second in the 200 with a time of 21.50 and sixth in the 400 at 47.92. Williams was fourth in the 55m hurdles at 7.46 and fifth in the triple jump with a jump of 15.10m.

Ethan Turpen and William Oliver finished second and third in the men's heptathlon, respectively. Turpen totaled 5,276 points and Oliver recorded 5,144 points.

ASU's distance runners also scored on both sides for the Red Wolves. Kristina Aubert finished second in the 5K with a time o f17:08.51 while also placing seventh in the mile at 5:05.38. Samantha Salinas scored in the mile finishing in a time of 5:04.66, which was sixth. Bailey Bunyan scored for the men with a seventh-place finish at 4:18.67.

Julia Agawu was third in the women's weight throw with a throw of 18.53m. Richard Chavez and Chris Nicasio both scored for ASU in the men's weight throw finishing fourth and fifth, respectively. Chavez had a throw of 17.77m while Nicasio was at 17.32.m.

ASU also scored twice in the men's pole vault as Ethan Sandusky finished in third place with a jump of 4.95m and Shane Heathcock was fourth at the same height.

Richard Williams scored for the Red Wolves in the 800m run. Williams was sixth with a time of 1:57.57.