The Arkansas State University men's and women's outdoor track and field teams are midst a productive 2013 season, but nevertheless remain focused on achieving their primary goal of winning a conference title to be awarded at this weekend's (May 10-12) 2013 Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Miramar, Fla.
The annual league meet is being held this spring at the Ansin Sports Complex with FIU serving as the host institution. The three-day meet commences this Friday (May 10) morning, starting with the first half of the decathlon and heptathlon multi events at 9 a.m. (CT) and 9:30 a.m. (CT), respectively. The discus throw and women's pole vault is scheduled for the afternoon while the 10,000-meter run for the both men and women to be held in the evening concludes the opening day's action. Action this Saturday (May 11) will consist of multi-events, field events, and running events throughout day two. Third and final-day action on Sunday (May 12) gets underway with the field events at 10 a.m. (CT) and therunning events starting at 5 p.m. (CT).
All 12 Sun Belt Conference-member schools will participate in the 2013 SBC Championships. The women's field will be comprised of 11 schools and the men's competition consists of 10 teams.
Arkansas State is poised for success at this upcoming weekend's conference meet as the women's team features top five marks in 13 conference events with nine athletes earning such distinction, including four Red Wolves in multiple events. Junior Sharika Nelvis, who was the 2013 SBC Women's Indoor Championships Most Outstanding Track Performer and helped lead the Red Wolves to the 2013 conference indoor title, has recorded the league's top outdoor times this season in the100-meters, 200-meters, and 100-meter hurdles. Junior Kristina Aubert istops in the 5,000-meters and 10,000-meters while senior Julia Agawu has produced the league's top throws in both the discus and hammer to date.
The A-State men's squad presently is listed 18 times among the first five performances in 12 individual events to go along with the 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays. Senior Solomon Williams is currently first among the SBC's leaders in the 110-meter hurdles and junior Richard Chavez ranks first in the shot put as does junior Will Oliver in the decathlon.
"We are looking forward to competing in the (conference) outdoor championships this weekend," said ASU head coach Jim Patchell, who's presently in his second season at A-State. " We have had a good outdoor season and I believe we are ready for the championship meet. The Sun Belt Conference is a quality track conference and we hope toturn in good performances for both our men's and women's teams."
A season ago at the 2012 SBC Championships (May 11-13) in Lafayette, La., theA-State women's team finished fourth with 101 points and the men's squad placed fifth by accumulating 84.83 points. The A-State women's team would capture first-place honors in seven events, highlighted by Sharika Nelvis being recognized as the conference meet's top female track performer. Nelvis would win four 2012 SBC Championship events – 100-meter hurdles (13.30), 100-meter dash (11.39), 200-meter dash (23.49), and the long jump (20-01.34/6.13m) en route to garnering first-team all-conference accolades. A pair of first-place showings were recorded by the ASU men's squad.
Complete 2013 SBC Championships meet information and results can be accessed via theconference's official championship website at www.sunbeltsports.org/CHAMPIONSHIPS/2012-2013Championships/Spring/OutdoorTrackField.aspx<http://www.sunbeltsports.org/CHAMPIONSHIPS/2012-2013Championships/Spring/OutdoorTrackField.aspx>.