BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AStateRedWolves.com) – The Arkansas State men's and women's track and field teams continued their indoor season this week at the Indiana Relays, completing the two-day meet held Friday and Saturday at Gladstein Fieldhouse with new season-best times or marks in 11 events for both squads combined.
The A-State women's and men's teams entered the non-scoring meet listed 27th and 43rd, respectively, in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's national indoor rankings. The Indiana Relays featured over 1,200 athletes competing from 25 schools.
A-State saw six student-athletes on the women's team post a personal career-best effort in five different events, while the men had five team members finish the meet with a career-best showing in six events.
"We had improvement as a team over last week for both our men and women, which means we are moving in the right direction," said A-State head coach Jim Patchell. "We had several personal bests, which is positive, but we still have some things to iron out before the (Sun Belt) conference championships."
Sharika Nelvis collected the only first-place finish for the women, winning the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.17. However, Emenderlyn Iwuji claimed runner-up honors in the same event with a career-best 8.57, and Rexi Parcells also had the second-best time in the 3,000 meter run with a 9:58.97 that was the fastest by an A-State athlete in the event this year.
Erika Christian posted a personal-best time of 57.89 in the 400-meter dash, which was fast enough to win her heat and rank third among 21 competitors. Also setting a personal-best time or mark in at least one event for the Red Wolves were Ane Fourie, Tilda Helgesson, Bailey Sisson-Eller and Erin Farmer.
The men's team was led by Richard Chavez, who won the weight throw with a career-long distance of 19.14m. Kashef Daniel reached a career-best height of 2.15m in the high jump invitational section to claim second place, while Justin Whitfield claimed sixth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.86 in the finals. Whitfield was joined in the 60-meter semifinals by teammate Raymond Jackson.
Jamal Jones set personal-best times in the 60-meter dash and 200-meter dash morning section, finishing 10th among 27 runners in the 200 meters. Clint Ligon set new personal records in two events and Wil Norris in one. Norris also set the team's fastest time this season in the 5000-meter run.
Two A-State relay teams for both the men and women set new season-best times as well.