NEW ORLEANS, LA (A-STATE) – The Arkansas State University track and field program swept all four weekly Sun Belt Conference honors after a dominant start to the 2015-16 indoor season, the league office announced Wednesday.
Sophomore’s Jaylen Bacon and Kristina Knott laid claim to the Track Athlete of the Week awards, while junior’s Roelf Pienaar and Erin Farmer received the Field Athlete of the Week accolades.
The weekly awards date back to the beginning of the indoor slate for A-State, the annual Kickoff Klassic. Bacon won the 55-meter dash with the 25th-fastest time to date among NCAA Division I leaders. His time of 21.35 seconds in the 200-meter dash ranks him eighth nationally, early in the 2016 rankings.
Knott won three events in her first meet as a sophomore, claiming top finishes in 55-meter dash, 200-meter dash and long jump. She ranks top-15 in each event thus far, seventh in the 200-meter dash (23.85) and fourth in long jump (6.09m/19-11.75). Her time of 6.92 seconds in the 55-meter dash converts to a 60-meter time of 7.46 seconds to rank 15th nationally.
Pienaar holds the nation’s second-best long jump, leaping 7.82m (25-08.00) at the Kickoff Klassic. He also recorded a personal-best in the triple jump, also ranked second nationally, with a mark of 15.94m (52-3.75), the fourth-best triple jump in program history.
Farmer improved upon her own school record in the shot put, posting a toss of 15.39m (50-06.600, bettering her record of 14.94m (49-00.25). She also won the weight throw competition at the Kickoff Klassic with a mark of 18.58m (60-10.75). She ranks 11th nationally in shot put and 22nd in the weight throw.
A-State returns to action this weekend (Jan. 15-16) at the Kentucky Invitational before returning to the Convocation Center next weekend (Jan. 22-23) to host the A-State Invitational.