JONESBORO, AR (A-STATE) – The Arkansas State University track and field program hosts the A-State Invitational and Multis this weekend at the Convocation Center.
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"The A-State invitational is our biggest home meet every year," said A-State head coach Jim Patchell. "We have a number of very good teams and a couple of conference schools in this meet so we are looking forward to a very competitive weekend."
The meet is scheduled to begin at 10 am Friday with the women's multi-event 55-meter hurdles. The men's multi-events begin at 10:15 with the 55-meter dash. Two field events are scheduled for Friday with the men's weight throw and men's long jump each scheduled for 6 pm with the women to follow.
The men's long jump will feature A-State juniors Roelf Pienaar and Cameron Echols-Luper. The duo is each ranked in the top six nationally heading into the weekend. Pienaar ranks third with a jump of 7.82m (25-8.00) while Echols-Luper posted a leap of 7.68m (25-2.50) last weekend to rank sixth.
Friday night will also feature three events on the track, beginning with the men's 3,000-meter run at 7:30. The women will follow at 7:45 before the sprinters take the track for the 200-meter dash at 8 pm. The day concludes with the distance medley relay at 8:20 pm.
The meet resumes Saturday morning at 9 am with completion of the men's multi-events. Those athletes will compete in 55-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1,000-meter run. Field events begin at 10 am Saturday with the women's triple jump followed by the men. The women's pole vault and men's shot put gets underway at noon.
On the track, action begins at 11:30 with the 55-meter hurdles and 55-meter dash preliminaries. Finals begin at 2 pm and the meet will be on a rolling schedule from there.
The scheduled competition for A-State includes Sun Belt teams Little Rock, Georgia State and UL-Lafayette. Memphis, Central Arkansas, Harding, Mississippi Valley State, Grambling State, Texas Southern, Southern, Jacksonville State and Southern Arkansas are also competing in the meet.
The Red Wolves enter the weekend with 43 performances among the top-8 in the Sun Belt Conference performance list. The men have five top performances this season while the women account for six top rankings in the Sun Belt.
Jaylen Bacon, the Sun Belt Conference Male Track Athlete of the Week, leads the 60-meter and 200-meter dash rankings. Travius Chambers leads the 400-meter dash and Roelf Pienaar is first in both the long and triple jumps.
On the women's side, Kristina Knott leads the 60-meter dash, 200-meter dash and long jump. Keturah Smith, the SBC Female Track Athlete of the Week, leads the 400-meter dash after her time last weekend at the Kentucky Invitational. Emenderlyn Iwuji leads the 60-meter hurdles and Erin Farmer has the best shot put thus far.