Agawu & Nicasio win hammer throw at ASU Red Wolves Open

JONESBORO, Ark. ( – The Arkansas State University outdoor track and field team started off the second annual Red Wolves Open this Friday (April 26) afternoon on a successful note as A-State claimed both the women's and men's titles in the hammer throw competition.

Senior Julia Agawu was the top performer in women's action on the first day as she threw a distance of 182-01.43/55.51m.  Agawu defended her status as the Red Wolves Open hammer throw champion after winning the event a season ago with an 185-05.59/56.53m effort.  Junior Chris Nicasio did likewise for the men by posting a first-place 197-08.82/60.27m toss to set a new ASU Red Wolves Open record.  Nicasio's not only eclipsed his meet-best 192-03.87/58.62m performance in the 2012 meet, but tallied the fourth-longest throw in the Sun Belt Conference to date this outdoor season.

"We managed to take both top spots in the women's and men's hammer," said ASU head coach Jim Patchell.  "I thought we did a good job considering the conditions. Everyone threw slightly under their best, but when its 50 degrees and blowing rain that makes it a little tougher. Hopefully the weather will cooperate tomorrow."

Junior Kim Raath took fifth in the hammer as a result of a 151-05.32/46.16m mark, her second best effort this outdoor season.

For the men, junior Richard Chavez captured third-place honors by generating a conference sixth-best 185-01.26/56.42m performance.  Junior Tyler Lingo's 137-05.21/41.89m throw was good for 10th place and senior Corwin Pace, who competed for the first time in the hammer throw, would claim 12th place following a toss of 119-00.34/36.28m.

The second and final day of competition at the annualASU Red Wolves Open continues this Saturday (April 27), starting at 10 a.m.(CT).  The schedule, meet information, and live results can be accessed at