A-State Track claims wins despite subpar weather

A-State Track claims wins despite subpar weather

JONESBORO, AR (ASU) – The Arkansas State University track and field program opened the Red Wolves Open with four individual victories despite rain and cooler temperatures at the A-State Track and Field Complex.

"We got it in, that's the best thing about today," head coach Jim Patchell said. "The weather didn't cooperate but we still managed to have a couple of personal-bests with Macey (Rodely) in the javelin and Wil Norris in the 3,000-meter steeple chase. Days like this we just compete and try to get through it and hope for warm weather tomorrow."

With light rain falling and temperatures in the 60's, Kristina Knott claimed the top finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.06 seconds. De'Airis Weakley (25.04), Keturah Smith (25.05) and Erika Christian (25.09) also finished in the top five garnering third to fifth place in that order.

In the men's 200-meter dash, Joey Meyer was the top finish with a time of 21.28 seconds. Jaylen Bacon was a close second with a time of 21.34 seconds while Henry Offiah crossed the line sixth with a time of 21.96 seconds.

A week after setting the A-State record in the 10,000-meter run, Wil Norris posted a solid time in the 3,000-meter steeple chase to take the top finish. Norris posted a time of 9:14.91, the seventh-fastest time in A-State history.

Rickus Jacobs claimed first place in the men's 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:54.59. Drew Mueller finished third in 3:59.59 seconds. In the women's 1,500-meter run, Rexi Parcells finished second with a time of 4:36.07.

Elsewhere, Tilda Helgesson finished second in the 3,000-meter steeple chase with a time of 10:54.98 and Chelsey Roberson came in fourth with a time of 11:42.97.

In field events on Friday, Macey Rodely was the second place finisher in the javelin with a throw of 40.22m (131-11.00). In the men's hammer throw, Cristian Ravar Ladisalau finished third (58.41m/191-07.00) while Richard Chavez was fourth with a throw of 58.28m (191-02.00).

The Red Wolves Open resumes Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with throwing events and action gets underway at 11:00 a.m. on the track. The event is free and open to the public at the A-State Track and Field Complex.

Live results will be available through Delta Timing at


Throughout the meet, results and notes will be tweeted on the @AStateGameDay account and you can follow the track and field program official twitter account @AStateTrack to get information and team updates.