AUSTIN, Texas (AStateRedWolves.com) – Despite a lengthy period of wet weather, the Arkansas State University track and field team managed to make the day a successful one in Friday's (May 25) action at the 2013 NCAA Division I WestPreliminary Championships in Austin, Texas, as an A-State athlete will be advancing to the 2013 national meet while three others are on the verge after passing the regional's initial round.
The 2013 NCAA West Preliminaries (May 24-26) are being held at the Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus.
Senior Stephanie Foreman became the first A-State athlete this outdoor season to secure a trip to the 2013 NCAA National Championship meet (June 5-8) in Eugene, Ore., as she placed in a three-way tie for first place in the event by clearing the 13-05.81/4.11m mark and thus was among the top 12 finishers to earn a NCAA Championships berth.
As a result, the four-time Sun Belt Conference (SBC) indoor and outdoor pole vault champion will be making her second career appearance at nationals after compiling a regional-meet best 13-05.25 at the 2011 West Prelims (5/27) in Eugene.
Junior Sharika Nelvis will seek to make her third NCAA Championships appearance and her second consecutive for the outdoor season in the 100-meter hurdles. In the prelims, Nelvis topped all hurdlers with a first-place 13.38 time to move into Saturday's quarterfinals as the top three from the six first-round heats along with the next nine fastest times qualified. Nelvis, the 2013 SBC Outdoor Championships' Most Outstanding Women's Track Performer, now needs to finish with a top 12-place time in the quarterfinals to make a return trip to nationals.
Arkansas State will have two athletes on the men's squad competing in the quarterfinals this Saturday with junior Joey Meyer representing the Red Wolves in the 200-meter dash and senior Solomon Williams in the 110-meter hurdles. Meyer would end up in 15th place overall in the combined six first-round heats after tallying a 21.23 time while Williams, the 2013 SBC Outdoor Championships' Most Outstanding Men's Field Performer Award recipient, achieved 16th place by posting a 14.23 time. The top threefrom the six first-round heats in addition to the next nine fastest times in the 200-meters and 110-meter hurdles advance to the quarterfinals.
"We had a pretty good day today despite a three-hour rain delay," said A-State head coach Jim Patchell. "Stephanie (Foreman) qualified for nationals while Sharika (Nelvis) had the fastest hurdle time of the day. Joey (Meyer) and Solomon (Williams) both had solid performances and were able to move on to the next round.
Junior Julia Agawu was the other A-State women's team member to compete in Friday's field events and was unable to advance in the discus throw as the 2013 first-team all-conference performer threw a distance of 161-05.79/49.22m to capture 20th-place honors.
For the men, senior Lucas Bateman turned in a 14.85 time in the 110-meter hurdles for 46th place in what represented his regional meet debut. Junior Richard Chavez also fell five spots short of qualifying for nationals in the shot put by generating a 56-10.67/17.34m performance to claim 17th place.
With a three-hour plus rain and lightning delay, the men's hammer throw was postponed and will now take place this Saturday (May 26) starting at 10a.m. (CT) as junior Chris Nicasio is seeded 14th in the third flight. Senior Jamie Curry will be competing for the Red Wolves in thewomen's triple jump, seeded 12th in the second of four flights.