Vanderbilt Invitation a successful one for A-State tracksters

From Arkansas State University

The Arkansas State University women's and men's outdoor track and field teams wrapped up the second and final day of competition this Saturday (April 20) at the 2013 Vanderbilt Invitational inNashville, Tenn., with continued success as the Red Wolves compiled a combined 19 top-five place performances.

Arkansas State posted three champion titles on the women's side to equal the men's team output in day two of competition.  Junior Sharika Nelvis won both the 100-meter dash and 100-meter hurdles events to joinsenior Julia Agawu, who captured top honors in the discus.  The A-State men tallied three first-place efforts as well with senior Solomon Williams winning the 110-meter hurdles while juniors Kashef Daniel and Chris Nicasio were the top performers in the high jump and discus, respectively.

The Red Wolves concluded this weekend's meet with a total of eight first-place showings between the women's and men's squads.

"The conditions were a little better today, " said ASU head coach Jim Patchell.   Chris (Nicasio) threw well in the discus and Solomon (Williams) had a big jump in the triple. Sabrina (Antimo) ran a season best in the 100-meter dash and Heather Newberry ran an all-time best in the 800 meters.

"Kashef (Daniel) and Savannah (Hutchinson) both had personal bests in the high jump and Lucas Bateman ran a personal best in the 400-meter hurdles. Overall, we had another good weekend," added Patchell.

Sharika Nelvis captured her first 100-meter crown of this outdoor season in an 11.61, a time which is currently tops in the Sun Belt Conference and tied for 30th in the NCAA West Region.  She also took first place in the 100-hurdles for the second straight week by clocking a conference outdoor second-fastest 13.54 time, which presently sits at 19th among the NCAA West Region leaders.  Julia Agawu's throw of 161-08.15 (49.28m) in the discus was tops as she turned in the SBC's second-best effort this spring and 44th highest in the region.

Senior Jamie Curry earned third-place laurels in the triple jump this season with a top jump of 39-02.07 (11.94m).  Senior Stephanie Foreman notched third place in the pole vault, clearing the bar at a conference fifth-best 11-10.12 (3.61m) heighth to finish just in front of freshman Alexandra Pevtsova.  Pevtsova would also vault a height of 11-10.12 (3.61m) and garnered fourth-place accolades.

In other notable A-State performances, freshman Sabrina Antimo sprinted a personal best 12.16 time in the 100 meters to place ninth while sophomore Heather Newberry had a PR in the 800 meters with a 2:17.28 time, good for 13th place.  Sophomore Savannah Hutchinson made her best jump of this spring in the high jump with a sixth-place 5-05.35 (1.66m) performance.

Solomon Williams was the first sprinter to cross the finish line in the 110-meter hurdles with a 14.65 time.  He achieve second-place honors in the triple jump at 50-10.62 (15.51m), which represents the second-longest distance in the conference and 13th-best in NCAA West Region action this outdoor season.  Chris Nicasio would do likewise in a pair of field throwing events – the discus and hammer throw.  Nicasio's first-place and personaloutdoor-best toss of 170-07.64 (52.01m) in the discus afforded him the league's fourth-top effort while ranking 52nd among the NCAA West Region's leading distances.  His previous best was 170-01.34 (51.85m) set at the 2012 ASU Red Wolves Open last April 28.  In the hammer throw, Nicasio generated a second-place 201-04.92 (61.39m) performance.

The men's high jump was won by Kashef Daniel, who also established a PR at 6-11.46 (2.12m) to better his prior mark of 6-09.75 (2.08m) in the LSU Relays last month (March 23).  Daniel's effort currently ranks in a four-way tie for 21st in the NCAA this year and is second in the Sun BeltConference.

The Red Wolves also received a solid outing from Lucas Bateman in the 400-meter hurdles as the A-State senior took second place as a result of compiling a personal-best 53.01 time, which is the conference's fourth fastest to date.  A pair of third-place showings were turned in by junior Joey Meyer in the 400-meter dash at 47.49 and junior Richard Chavez with a hammer throw distance of 190-10.15 (58.17m).

Arkansas State will now get set to host its second annual Red Wolves Open next weekend, April 26-27, at the ASU Track and Field Complex in Jonesboro, Ark.  A-State's home meet starts Friday, April 26, as the men's hammer throw gets underway at 3 p.m. (CT) with the women's competition to follow.  Action resumes Saturday, April 27, at 10 a.m. (CT) with women's action in the both the javelin and long jump. The running events begin with the women's 3,000-meter race at 10:30 a.m. (CT).  The final event of the two-day meet is the men's 4x400-meter relay, which begins at 3:20 p.m. (CT).

2013 Vanderbilt Invitational – Day 2
Men's Results
100-Meter Dash
5T. Raymond Jackson, 10.85
10. Tahshon Reese, 11.09
26. Justin Whitfield, 14.10

400-Meter Dash
3. Joey Meyer, 47.49

800-Meter Run
17. Richard Williams, 1:56.84
29. Rob Lanier, 1:58.92
31. Briar Becton, 1:59.42
37. Jesse Duvall, 2:01.55
41. Ethan Turpen, 2:02.95

110-Meter Hurdles
1. Solomon Williams, 14.65
6. Billy Ellis, 15.20
16. Thomas Ligon, 17.09

400-Meter Hurdles
2. Lucas Bateman, 53.01
8. Devin Noel, 56.09

4x100-Meter Relay
5. Ethan Turpen, Thomas Ligon, Will Oliver, Ethan Sandusky, 42.64

4x400-Meter Relay
4. Joey Meyer, Lucas Bateman, Devin Noel, Richard Williams, 3:16.11

High Jump
1. Kashef Daniel, 6-11.46/2.12m
7. Ethan Turpen, 6-05.17/1.96m

Triple Jump
2. Solomon Williams, 50-10.62/15.51m
5. Will Oliver, 46-10.59/14.29m

1. Chris Nicasio, 170-07.64/52.01m
2. Corwin Pace, 165-06.60/50.46m
6. Tyler Lingo, 152-07.50/46.52m
7. Thomas Ligon, 151-08.07/46.23m

Hammer Throw
2. Chris Nicasio, 201-04.92/61.39m
3. Richard Chavez, 190-10.15/58.17m

Women's Results
100-Meter Dash
1. Sharika Nelvis, 11.61
9. Sabrina Antimo, 12.16
20. Jessica Maggio, 12.69
22. Savannah Hutchinson, 12.76
26. Alexandra Pevtsova, 12.90

400-Meter Dash
19. Macey Rodely, 59.66
21. Shakeria Marshall, 1:00.94

800-Meter Run
13. Heather Newberry, 2:17.28
38. Tilda Helgesson, 2:27.32
39. Bailey Sisson, 2:27.54
45. Chelsey Roberson, 2:29.24

100-Meter Hurdles
1. Sharika Nelvis, 13.54
8. Emenderlyn Iwuji, 14.75
15. Jessica Maggio, 15.38
16. Savannah Hutchinson, 15.39
22. Jessica Otto, 17.22
25. Macey Rodely, 20.92

400-Meter Hurdles
12. Kelsey Bean, 1:04.44

High Jump
6. Savannah Hutchinson, 5-05.35/1.66m

Pole Vault
3. Stephanie Foreman, 11-10.12/3.61m
4. Alexandra Pevtsova, 11-10.12/3.61m
6T. Megan Wright, 11-04.21/3.46m

Triple Jump
3. Jamie Curry, 39-02.07/11.94m
10T. Emenderlyn Iwuji, 37-11.12/11.56m
12. Jasmine Marks, 36-06.96/11.15m

1. Julia Agawu, 161-08.15/49.28m

Hammer Throw
4. Kim (Ludick) Raath, 164-10.34/50.25m