JONESBORO, Ark. (AStateRedWolves.com) – The Arkansas State University women's and men's track and field teams both turned in successful performances in Monday's (Feb. 25) final day of the 2013 Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Indoor Track & Field Championships in Jonesboro, Ark.
The ASU women's team finished above the rest as the Red Wolves totaled a first-place 122.5 points to claim their first SBC Indoor Championship title in 13 years. The last time A-State women hoisted a conference championship trophy was in 1998 when the Red Wolves produced 104 team points.
"I'm extremely proud of our women's team," said ASU head coach Jim Patchell. 'We had a great team effort. The pole vault set it up for us and winning the 5,000 meters sealed it.
"As disappointing as yesterday was for the men's team, today was just as good a day. We really came back and showed some heart," added Patchell.
The women's team was paced by junior Sharika Nelvis, who placed first in three day-two events – 55-meter hurdles, 200-meter dash, and 55-meter dash,. The 2012 USTFCCCA Second-Team All-America selection posted the nation's second-fastest indoor time in the 55-meter hurdles at 7.68, which also was an ASU Convocation Center record. Nelvis broke the facility mark held by LaVonna Martin of 7.72 in 1991. The three-time SBC Indoor Track Athlete of the Week honoree (Jan. 9 & 30 and Feb. 13) also established a new facility record in the 200-meters with a 23.74 time, eclipsing 23.89 set by Teneeshia Jones of Ole Miss. In the 55-meter dash, Nelvis ran away from the field with a top-place 6.87 time.
Senior Julia Agawu won the weight throw event with a toss of 62-09.5 (19.14m) to give the Red Wolves 10 team points. In the pole vault, freshman Alexandra Pevtsova had the top effort with a first-place 12-07.5 effort (3.85m) and freshman Taylor Swanson was second at 12-07.5 (3.85m). Freshman Megan Wright tied for fifth place as a result of recording an 11-07.75 mark (3.55m).
The 5,000-meter race was won by junior Kristina Aubert, who crossed the finish line in a time of 17:09.96. Aubert's first-place time shattered an ASU Convo record previously held by Ole Miss' Logan Waites (17:45.52) set in 2011. Senior Samantha Salinas ended up three placings behind Aubert at fourth with a 17:49.91 time. Sophomore Rexi Parcells' time of 18:02.72 afforded her 10th-place honors.
Sharika Nelvis registered 40 points for A-State while Kristina Aubert had 26 and Julia Agawu compiled 18 points for the Red Wolves, who had placed fourth with 83.5 points at the 2012 conference championships.