Red Wolves track records eight 1st place finishes at ASU Invitational

JONESBORO, Ark. ( – The Arkansas State men's and women's indoor track and field teams collected eight first-place finishes at the ASU Invitational held Friday at the Convocation Center.

Junior Chris Nicasio set the meet record in men's weight throw with a weight throw of 19.57 meters, breaking the old record of 19.36 meters.

Junior Sharika Nelvis had another successful meet as she took home the women's 55-meter hurdles title with a time of 7.79 and won with a time of 24.53 in the women's 200-meter dash.

Junior Julia Agawu also faired very well on the day.  She won the women's weight throw with a throw of 62-06.50 and finished third in the women's shot put with a throw of 43-07.25.  Senior Kim Ludick also placed fourth in the women's shot put with a throw of 42-11.50.

In the other women's events, freshman Emenderlyn Iwuji finished in fourth with a time of 8.05 in 55-meter hurdles.  Iwuji also finished second in the women's long jump with a jump of 18-06.00 and finished second in the women's triple jump as well with a jump of 38-00.25.

In the women's 3000 meter A-State runners took first, second, and fourth.  Junior Kristina Aubert won with a time of 9:55.51 while senior Samantha Salinas finished second with a time of 10:16.92 and sophomore Rexi Parcells finished fourth with a time of 10:21.33.

ASU placed first and fourth in the women's distance medley.  The team of Parcells, Macey Rodely, Heather Hammett, and Aubert won with a time of 12:26.35.  The team of Abbey Dixon, Alexandra Pevtsova, Bailey Sisson, and Salinas finished fourth with a time of 12:54.05.

In the women's pole fault, A-State had two top-5 finishers.  Pevtsova finished in second place with a height of 12-05.50 and freshman Taylor Swanson finished fifth with a height of 11-05.75.

In the women's one mile run sophomore Tilda Helgesson finished fourth with a time of 5:17.18.

In the women's 4x400 relay ASU's team of Alecia Dodds, Kelsey Bean, Jessica Maggio, and Charlotte Williams placed fifth with a time of 4:05.02.

Lakeitha Minter finished in a tie for fifth place in the women's high jump with 5-03.00.

In the rest of the men's events, senior Solomon Williams won the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 7.54 while senior Lucas Bateman finished in fifth place with a 7.69.

ASU was able to take first and second place in the 200-meter dash.  Junior Joey Meyer won with a time of 21.69 and junior Justin Whitfield was right behind him with a time of 22.06.

In the men's one mile run freshman Lance Beckman finished third with a time of 4:27.83.

In the men's high jump junior Kashef Daniel finished third with a jump of 6-10.75.

Junior Ethan Sandusky finished third in the men's pole vault with a 15-07.75.aced fifth with a time of 4:05.02.

The Red Wolves' team of Joseph Meyer, Lucas Bateman, Billy Ellis, and Richard Williams finished fourth in the men's 4x400 relay race with a time of 3:24.21.

In the men's shot put junior Tyler Lingo finished fifth with a toss of 50-06.25.

The Red Wolves will split up and return to action Feb 1-2.  One group will head to Carbondale, Illinois for the Southern Illinois Invite and the other group will travel to Lincoln, Nebraska for the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational.