JONESBORO, AR (astateredwolves.com) – The Arkansas State men's and women's track and field squads combined to win nine different events Saturday at the inaugural Scarlet and Black Invitational at the Convocation Center.
A-State's women's sprinters were responsible for two of the wins as Kristina Knott registered the fastest time in the 55-meter dash with a 6.95 and teammate De'Airis Weakley followed Knott in second place with a time of 7.08. Emenderlyn Iwuji topped the field in the 55-meter hurdles by clocking a time of 8.00, while teammate Shalynn Cyprien finished second with a time of 8.11. Darragh May also made the finals for the Red Wolves and finished seventh with a time of 8.68.
Arkansas State registered six of the top-10 finishers in the women's one mile run, including the winning time of 5:00.02 by Rexi Parcells. Tilda Helgesson was the runner-up in the event with a time of 5:07.43, while Abbey Dixon (5:13.51) and Arnica Zitting (5:13.80) finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Bailey Eller clocked a time of 5:15.26 for sixth place and teammate Chelsey Roberson finished eighth with a time of 5:19.04.
The women's squad also posted two victories in field events with A-State's Alexandra Pevtsova registering a new personal best by clearing 3.93m in the pole vault to win the event, while Megan Wright finished third by clearing 3.43m. The women's team's fifth victory of the day was recorded by Jasmine Marks as she had a triple jump of 11.71m to win the contest.
Jaylen Bacon continued his early success for the men's team as he was the champion of the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.28. The 4x400 meter relay team of Joey Meyer, Quinten Nash, Devin Noel, and Travius Chambers took home first place in the event with a time of 3:19.28 after Chambers made up the deficit in the final leg.
Meyer registered a win in the men's 400-meter dash with a time of 48.33 and was followed by Chambers (48.98) and Bacon (49.21) in the standings. Rickus Jacobs registered the men's team other victory of the day by winning the 3000 meter run by clocking a time of 8:37.70.
Knott turned in another solid performance in the women's 400-meter dash as she placed second with a time of 57.57. Erika Christian followed in third place with a time of 58.39, while Weakley finished seventh with a 58.86. The Red Wolves placed two runners in the top-10 of the women's 800-meter run with Parcells tallying a fifth-place time of 2:23.93 and Brianne Murphy finishing 10th by clocking a time of 2:27.63.
A-State punched in a solid performance in women's field events with Erin Farmer finishing second in the women's weight throw with a toss of 17.13m. Kiarra Simpson (16.27m) and Calea Carr (14.25m) placed fourth and sixth, respectively. Farmer turned in a throw of 13.91 in the women's shot put to finish third, while Carr followed her in fourth place with a toss of 13.60m. The Red Wolves' Ivery Guyton finished in a tie for third in the women's high jump after clearing 1.60m.
Arkansas State's men's squad was led by Will Oliver's 7.72 in the 55-meter hurdles, while teammates Billy Ellis (7.79) and Jonah Wiley (8.00) finished fifth and eighth, respectively. A-State's Jay-be van Rooyen tallied a fifth-place finish in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:58.52. The Red Wolves had five top-10 finishes in the one-mile run with Wil Norris leading the way in third with a time of 4:22.07 with Drew Mueller finishing just slightly behind in fourth place with a time of 4:22.30. Zach VanGundy (4:29.23), Jesse Duvall (4:29.71), and Mark Talarico (4:35.64) finished in seventh, eighth, and 10th, respectively, to account for A-State's other top-10 marks.
Cristian Ravar Ladislau had a throw of 17.57m in the men's weight throw to finish third in the event, while Wiley jumped 6.71m in the men's long jump to take home fourth place for Arkansas State.