JONESBORO, Ark. (AStateRedWolves.com) – The Arkansas State University indoor track and field teams divided their squads as the Red Wolves sent athletes this weekend (Feb. 7-8) to both the Missouri Invitational and the 39th annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational.
"In our meeting after every competition, I always try and point out those who have set personal bests or competed well," said A-State head coach Jim Patchell. "That speech seems to be getting longer with every meet. I'm pleased with our progress so far and after this weekend, I feel good about where we are in relation to the rest of the conference.
"I'm pretty confident that we are physically ready for the (Sun Belt Conference) championship meet. If we can get mentally ready over the next couple of weeks, I think we can do well," added Patchell.
Arkansas State faced quality competition at this past Friday's (Feb. 7) Missouri Invitational, which was held at UM's Hearnes Fieldhouse in Columbia, Mo.
The Red Wolves recorded a pair of second-places performances as redshirt junior Kristina Aubert clocked a 5:11.56 time in the one-mile run and sophomore Emenderlyn Iwuji ran an 8.58 time in the 60-meter hurdles. Aubert's effort represents the 11th fastest time among this season's conference leaders to date while Iwuji's time was just one tenth behind her personal best 8.57 set at the Indiana Relays (xxx). Iwuji also finished fifth in the long jump with a distance of 18-01.50/5.52m.
Junior Heather Newberry captured third place in the 600 meters by running a 1:45.04 time and freshman Kristi Houck would cross the finish in a fifth-place time of 1:49.81. Sophomore Abbey Dixon collected fourth-place honors with a 5:16.23 time in the one-mile run and produced a fifth-place 10:26.25 time in the 3,000 meters. Senior Bailey Sisson-Eller would turn in a fifth-place performance in the 1,000-meter run as a result of a 3:18.57 time.
In the men's competition, sophomore Jesse Duvall won the 1,000-meter race by generating a 2:38.17 time. Duvall would attain fifth place in the mile run by compiling a personal-best 4:26.84 time as did sophomore Andre Walker in the 600 meters following a 1:27.50 time. Sophomore Tahshon Reese's 6.98 led the Red Wolves in the 60-meter dash, which proved worthy of fifth place.
A-State's 4x800-meter relay team of freshmen Denton Postlewait and Kyle Somerville along with sophomore Shane Lopez and Andre Walker achieved third-place laurels after producing an 8:20.67 time.
Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational
A number of Arkansas State athletes produced notable performances at the 39th annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational held in front of over 2,000 spectators at Nebraska's Bob Devaney Sports Center Indoor Track facility in Lincoln, Neb.
Senior Sharika Nelvis, a two-time (2012-13) second-team All-America selection, paced A-State on the women's side by winning the 60-meter hurdles with an 8.35 time. Junior Rexi Parcells earned third place in the one-mile run by clocking a 4:59.10 time and in the 3,000 meters tallied the second-fastest time in school history at 9:55.67 to achieve eighth place. Junior Tilda Helgesson competed in a separate 3,000-meter run and her 10:10.83 was good for fifth place.
The Red Wolves notched top-five placings in four field events with senior Richard Chavez's second-place showing in the shot put paving the way. Chavez was the top collegiate performer in the meet's event with a throw of 60-02.50/18.35m, which presently is the second-best distance in the Sun Belt Conference behind his league-leading 65-09.75/20.06m at the season-opening ASU Kickoff Klassic (Dec. 1).
Senior Shane Heathcock tied a personal best in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 17-00.00/5.18m to finish third. In the weight throw, senior Chris Nicasio completed competition in fourth place by tossing a 61-08.25/18.80m distance and senior Kashef Daniel would claim fifth place in the high jump after posting a 6-10.75/2.10m mark.
The Husker Invitational is named in honor of former Nebraska track and field head coach Frank Sevigne, who fought a galiant battle against cancer prior to his death on Jan. 29, 1985. Sevigne was posthumously inducted into the USTFCCCA Hall of Fame on Dec. 4, 2004, in Portland, Ore.
Arkansas State will next compete in the 2014 Sun Belt Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship Feb. 24-25 in Birmingham, Ala. The conference meet will be held at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
13. Charlotte Williams, 26.55
18. Shakeria Marshall, 27.07
13. Charlotte Williams, 59.87
21. Shakeria Marshall, 1:01.21
28. Ane Fourie, 1:03.99
31. Sabrina Antimo, 1:04.43
3. Heather Newberry, 1:45.04
5. Kristi Houck, 1:49.81
10. Heather Newberry, 2:22.81
5. Bailey Sisson-Eller, 3:18.57
7. Zoie Wilson, 3:26.25
2. Kristina Aubert, 5:11.56
4. Abbey Dixon, 5:16.23
11. Chelsey Roberson, 5:26.62
15. Bailey Sisson-Eller, 5:27.95
17. Heather Hammett, 5:32.82
20. Brianne Murphy, 5:37.72
22. Ashleigh Price, 5:57.65
23. Zoie Wilson, 5:59.92
5. Abbey Dixon, 10:26.25
16. Lindsay Mills, 11:18.48
2. Emenderlyn Iwuji, 8.58
6. Shalynn Cyprien, 9.04
10. Heather Newberry, Brianne Murphy, Chelsey Roberson, Heather Hammett – 4:32.09
7T. Savannah Hutchinson, 5-01.25/1.56m
5. Emenderlyn Iwuji, 18-01.50/5.52m
17. Jasmine Marks, 16-02.25/4.93m
18. Savannah Hutchinson, 16-00.50/4.89m
21. Lindsay Mull, 15-06.75/4.74m
6. Jasmine Marks, 36-09.00/11.20m
12. Lindsay Mull, 32-05.50/9.89m
9. Alexandra Pevtsova, 11-05.75/3.50m
11T. Megan Wright, 10-11.75/3.35m
14. Kiarra Simpson, 34-03.00/10.44m
10. Kiarra Simpson, 47-03.75/14.42m
5. Tahshon Reese, 6.98
6. Jamal Jones, 6.99
6. Tahshon Reese, 22.93
23. Foster Ngowe, 54.22
5. Andre Walker, 1:27.50
7. Kyle Somerville, 1:59.21
11. Denton Postlewait, 2:00.39
21. Shane Lopez, 2:03.82
5. Jesse Duvall, 4:26.84
8. Kyle Somerville, 4:28.51
15. Ryan Pett, 4:38.94
17. Rhett Raibley, 4:46.44
18. Brock Westerman, 4:46.47
21. Mark Talarico, 4:50.16
1. Jesse Duvall, 2:38.17
18. Luke Lindsley, 9:14.00
22. Brock Westerman, 9:50.12
23. Devin Reed, 9:55.71
11. David Mills, 17:33.02
6. Billy Ellis, 8.44
3. Denton Postlewait, Kyle Somerville, Shane Lopez, Andre Walker – 8:20.67
11. Thomas Walton, 13-09.00/4.19m
Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational
31. Erika Christian, 58.16
3. Rexi Parcells, 4:59.10
5. Tilda Helgesson, 10:10.83
3,000-Meter Run (Special)
8. Rexi Parcells, 9:55.67
1. Sharika Nelvis, 8.35
16. Erin Farmer, 43-09.00/13.33m
22. Kim Ludick-Raath, 42-00.50/12.81m
24. Erin Farmer, 49-00.25/14.94m
7. Macey Rodely, 3,112 pts.
35. Devin Noel, 50.04
15. Wil Norris, 8:44.23
5. Kashef Daniel, 6-10.75/2.10m
3. Shane Heathcock, 17-00.00/5.18m
6. Ethan Sandusky, 16-08.00/5.08m
2. Richard Chavez, 60-02.50/18.35m
17. Brandon Lombardino, 50-11.50/15.53m
4. Chris Nicasio, 61-08.25/18.80m
17. Brandon Lombardino, 52-10.75/16.12m
13. Clint Ligon, 4,382 pts.