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ASU Outdoor Track and Field hopes early-season success continues at UCA Open

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From Arkansas State University

Members of the 2013 Arkansas State University men's and women's track & field teams will seek to build upon their outdoor season-opening success as the Red Wolves compete in this weekend's (March 29-30) UCA (University of Central Arkansas) Open in Conway, Ark.

Arkansas State, under second-year head coach Jim Patchell, is tentatively slated to begin its participation in the UCA Open this Friday (March 29) evening, starting with the men's 10,000-meter run at 7 p.m. (CT). The women's competition begins at 7:40 p.m. (CT) with the 10,000-meter run at the Bill Stephens Track Complex on the UCA campus.

The field events will commence this Saturday (March 30) at 10 a.m. (CT) as the javelin, high jump, and long jump events (men and women) get underway. The field-event action concludes with the discus throw at 1:30 p.m. (CT).

The running events for the UCA Open start at noon (CT) with the women's 400-meter relay followed by the men's relay five minutes later. The 1,600-meter relays for both the women and men represent the meet's final two events. The women race is slated for 3:25 p.m. (CT) with the men to follow around 3:45 p.m. (CT).

"We have never been to UCA for a meet and are looking forward to it," said Patchell. "They have a new mondo facility similar to ours so this meet should be a good experience for us."

ASU opened its outdoor season in impressive fashion last weekend (March 22-23) at the LSU Relays in Baton Rouge, La. The women's team compiled 12 top-five individual place performances, which included four event champions while the men's squad chalked up six top-five place efforts. The A-State men also produced one individual champion and one first-place team event showing.

Those claiming individual titles for the women were junior Kristina Aubert in the 5,000 meters, junior Sharika Nelvis in the 400-meters, senior Stephanie Foreman in the pole vault, and sophomore Tilda Helgesson in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. On the men's side, junior Chris Nicasio took top honors in the hammer throw while the 1,600-meter relay team earned first-place plaudits.

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