AUBURN, AL (astateredwolves.com) – The Arkansas State University track and field program claimed two individual championships, a school record in the women's 4x100m relay and 30 top-10 finishes at the Auburn Tiger Classic Saturday.
“We're continuing to improve a little every week which is positive,” A-State head coach Jim Patchell said. “Our women's 4x100m relay broke the school record and we had several personal bests. Ethan Sandusky did a great job in the vault and we can add him to the list of regional qualifiers. Joey Meyer also will get in with his 200m time. Rexi (Parcells) also had a good race in the 1500.”
Senior Ethan Sandusky won the pole vault clearing 5.25m (17-02.75). Sandusky set a new personal-best with the vault, topping his vault of 5.05m last week at the Texas Relays.
Richard Chavez also was a top finisher, claiming top honors in the shot put with a throw of 18.54m (60-10.00). Chavez finished seventh in the discus throw (47.41m/155-06) and seventh in the hammer throw (57.86m/189-10).
Senior Joey Meyer crossed the line in fourth place in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.18 seconds. His time ranks him tied for the 10th-fastest all-time at A-State. Freshman Jaylen Bacon ran the 400-meter dash for the first time and finished fifth with a time of 47.97 seconds. Travius Chambers was ninth (48.27) in the event.
Freshman Rickus Jacobs collected two top-five finishes on Saturday with a third place finish in the 3,000-meter run (8:35.39) and a fifth-place rank in the 800-meter run (1:54.06).
Also posting top-10 finishes for the men were Wil Norris in the 5,000-meter run (3rd-15:05.36) and 3,000-meter steeplechase (2nd-9:26.93), Drew Mueller in the 5,000-meter run (7th-16:33.37), Billy Ellis in the 110-meter hurdles (7th-14.54), Zach VanGundy in the 3,000-meter run (10th-9:03.48), Cristian Ravar Ladislau in the hammer throw (6th-58.08m).
Senior Rexi Parcells had a productive day, posting two top-five finishes. In the 1,500-meter run, Parcells posted a personal-best and the second-fastest time in A-State history with a mark of 4:33.86. Later, Parcells finished second in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:56.87. Junior Abbey Dixon was seventh in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:12.19.
Senior Bailey Eller finished fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:38.94, the fifth-best time by a Red Wolf track and field athlete in the event. Eller also posted a top-10 all-time performance in the 1,500-meter run, finishing in 4:46.64 to post the ninth-fastest time in A-State history.
Senior Tilda Helgesson added a top-five finish for the Red Wolves, finishing fourth in the 5,000-meter run. Helgesson finished the race in 17:39.06, a personal-best and the fifth-best time in A-State history. Arnica Zitting was sixth (18:02.09) and Lindsay Mills (18:27.35) was followed closely by Chelsey Roberson (18:27.96) for eighth and ninth place, respectively. Zitting's time ranks No. 5 all-time at A-State in the 5,000-meter run.
Freshman Keturah Smith finished sixth in the 400-meter dash, crossing the finish line in 55.57 seconds. The time ranks tied as the sixth-best in A-State history. Smith helped the A-State 4x100m relay team post an A-State record time of 45.00. Sophomore Shalynn Cyprien and freshmen Kristina Knott, De'Airis Weakley and Smith ran the relay for the Red Wolves.
Also adding top-10 performances for the women at the Tiger Classic were Darragh May in the high jump (T6th-1.66m), Ivery Guton in the high jump (10th-1.66m), Alexandra Pevtsova in the pole vault (3rd-3.85m), Kristina Knott in the long jump (9th-5.73m) and Erin Farmer (6th-13.46m) and Calea Carr (7th-13.01m) in the shot put. Farmer also added a seventh place finish in the hammer throw (49.28m).