ASU starts Sea Ray Relays with solid hammer throw showing

From Arkansas State University

A contingent of throwers on the 2013 Arkansas StateUniversity men's and women's outdoor track and field teams competed in this Thursday's (April 11) opening night of the University of Tennessee's 47th annual Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn., and came away with solid performances in the hammer throw.

Despite inclement weather at UT's Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium, the Sea Ray Relay's opening event concluded with Arkansas State achieving two top-20 place finishes on both the men's and women's sides.

Junior Chris Nicasio, who was chosen asthis week's (April 10) Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track Men's Field Athlete of the Week, turned in another solid effort with a throw of 202-01.59 (61.61m) to place sixth among the field of 29 competitors under the lights.  Fellow junior Richard Chavez also rose to the high level of competition with a personal career-best throw of 183-02.42 (55.84m) to earn 14th-place in the final results.  Chavez shattered his previous best 179-05 (54.68m) mark set last season (April 6) at Southeast Missouri State's (SEMO) Joey Haines Invitational in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Former Kentucky standout and current Mjolnir Throwers Club member, Andy Fryman took first place in the event with a winning mark of 226-9 (69.11m).  Each individual in the hammer throw finals was allowed three attempts apiece.

 "Richie (Chavez) had a good performance in the hammer today throwing a personal best," said ASU head coach Jim Patchell.  "Chris (Nicasio) had a solid series of throws and has continued to perform well.

In the women's hammer competition, senior Julia Agawu led the way for the Red Wolves as she produced a fourth-place throw of 177-02.38 (54.01m).  Junior Kim (Ludick) Raath would garner 19th place as a result of registering a 140-08.19 (42.88m) effort in what was her second appearance in the hammer this spring.  Jessica Rowland of NCAA Division II Findlay (Ohio) earned top honorswith a mark of 189-10 (57.86m) and Felisha Johnson of Indiana State claimedrunner-up honors following a 186-02. (56.75m) performance.

The Red Wolves' throwers will return to action this Friday (April 12) around 11:15 a.m. (CT) with the men's open discus.

Complete coverage of the 47th annual Sea Ray Relays can be found by logging on to the  Sea Ray Relays homepage, which will feature both live results and live video along with meet information, schedule of events, and meet records.

47th annual Sea Ray Relays
Men's Results
Hammer Throw
6.Chris Nicasio, 202-01.59 (61.61m)
14. Richard Chavez, 183-02.42 (55.84m)

Women's Results
Hammer Throw
4.Julia Agawu, 177-02.38 (54.01m)
19. Kim (Ludick) Raath, 140-08.19 (42.88m)