JONESBORO, Ark. (AStateRedWolves.com) – Three Arkansas State University outdoor track and field athletes have earned U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-America distinction for the 2013 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field season in an announcement made this Monday by the USTFCCCA.
Junior Sharika Nelvis claimed USTFCCCA first-team All-America accolades while seniors Solomon Williams and Stephanie Foreman were named second team and honorable mention, respectively. The All-America recognition was awarded to the three Red Wolves' athletes as a result of their performances at the recently-completed 2013 NCAA-I Championships, which were held June 5-8 at the historic Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Ore.
Sharika Nelvis finished sixth in the women's 100-meter hurdles final at the 2013 NCAA Championships to give Arkansas State three team points as the Red Wolves would tie for 49th place in the final women's team results. Solomon Williams placed 12th in the men's 110-meter hurdles semifinals and Stephanie Foreman garnered 17th place in the finals of the women's pole vault event.
Under the current procedure put forth by the USTFCCCA, any individuals qualifying for an NCAA Championship event are eligible for All-America status. The top-eight place finishers and those scoring points at the NCAA Championship meets will earn All-America First-Team honors while those finishing in places nine through 16 receive All-America Second-Team laurels. Those who participated at the NCAA Championships but didn't place in the national meet's top 16 are listed as honorable mention for the All-America award.
Sharika Nelvis, who was a 2011 second-team All-America selection, is only one of two A-State women's outdoor track athletes to achieve All-America honors in two separate outdoor seasons with Stephanie Foreman being the other.
Nelvis, the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Championships' Most Outstanding Women's Track Performer, turned in both an A-State and conference outdoor record 12.84 time in the 100-meter hurdles semifinals on June 6th. Nelvis would go on to run a 12.92 time in the final to finish in sixth place.
Solomon Williams produced a commendable performance in his national meet debut last Thursday, clocking a 13.80 time in the 110-meter hurdles semifinals. Williams, who was the 2013 SBC Outdoor Championships' Most Outstanding Men's Field Performer, narrowly missed equaling his personal-best of 13.78 at the 2012 NCAA West Prelims.
Stephanie Foreman claimed 17th place in last Friday's women's pole vault final as she successfully cleared the bar at 13-03.50 (4.05m). Foreman, a four-time SBC indoor and outdoor pole vault champion, earned second-team All-America plaudits as a sophomore in the 2011 outdoor season.
With their selections, the Arkansas State outdoor track program currently has had one of its student-athlete receive All-America recognition a combined 38 times with 31 being on the men's team. To date, the Red Wolves have had 20 male athletes gain the lofty honor while five women have attained such distinction.