Freshmen Highlight Week Two of Outdoor Track Season
JONESBORO, AR (astateredwolves.com) – Three individual champions and ten top-10 Arkansas State University all-time performances highlight the start of week two of the outdoor season for the Red Wolves track and field program.
Head Coach Jim Patchell and his track and field athletes scattered across the country to represent A-State at three different meets Friday. The Red Wolves had competitors at the prestigious Texas Relays (University of Texas) along with the San Diego State Aztec Invitational and the University of North Florida Spring Break Invitational.
Of the 10 A-State top-10 all-time performances, freshmen student-athletes accomplished seven. In two weeks of outdoor competition, the Red Wolves have set 12 new top-10 performances.
Senior Joey Meyer and freshman Jaylen Bacon each registered the top finish in an event on Friday at the UNF Invitational. Meyer was the top finisher in the 400-meter dash with a time of 47.75 seconds. Bacon was the fastest in the 200-meter dash, finishing the race in 21.02 seconds, the sixth-best 200-meter time in A-State history.
Bacon also ran the 100-meter dash and posted the second-best qualifying time of 10.55 seconds. The freshman sprinter will race alongside fellow freshman Elijah Ross (10.70) in the 100-meter final Saturday at 12:25 (ET).
Freshman Kristina Knott posted two top-three all-time performances Friday. Knott finished the 100-meter dash prelim in 11.74 seconds, the third-fastest 100-meter time in A-State history. She will run in the final of the 100-meter dash at 12:25 p.m. (ET) Saturday. Knott finished fifth in the 200-meter dash, posting the third-best time at A-State of 23.91 seconds.
Junior Emenderlyn Iwuji qualified fourth with a time of 14.03 in the 100-meter hurdles and will be joined by freshman Shalynn Cyprien, who qualified eighth in 14.47 seconds. The 100-meter hurdle final is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. (ET) Saturday. Billy Ellis will race after the women in the 110-meter hurdles after qualifying with a time of 14.37 seconds. Jonah Wiley finished 10th in the preliminaries with a time of 15.29 seconds.
In the women's 400-meter dash, sophomore Erika Christian raced to a fourth-place finish and her time of 55.57 seconds ranked her sixth all-time at A-State. Freshman Keturah Smith followed closely, posting a sixth-place finish of 55.65 seconds to rank seventh all-time at A-State.
Freshman De'Airis Weakley added a top-10 finish for the Red Wolves in the 200-meter dash and her time of 24.55 seconds ranks as the seventh-best in A-State history. Freshman Travius Chambers also had a top-10 finish, crossing the finish line eighth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.90 seconds.
At the San Diego State Aztec Invitational, the Red Wolves claimed first and second place finishes in the hammer throw. Senior Richard Chavez claimed top honors with a throw of 60.73m (199-03.00), the third-best throw in A-State history. Freshman Cristian Ravar Ladislau was second with a mark of 58.06m (190-06.00).
Sophomore Erin Farmer finished seventh in the women's hammer throw with a toss of 47.69m (156-05.00) and freshman Calea Carr was ninth with a mark of 46.70m (153-02.00). Carr improved her mark from a week ago, ranking eighth in A-State history.
Senior distance runner Rexi Parcells posted the second-fastest 5000-meter run time in A-State history with a sixth-place time of 16:57.13 in the event at the Texas Relays. Freshman Darragh May finished fourth in the high jump as she cleared 1.76m (5-09.75). May's jump was the best in outdoor competition since 2001 and ranks sixth all-time at A-State. William Oliver competed in the decathlon at the Texas Relays and finished 10th with 6,598 points.