JONESBORO, Ark. (12/2/16) – Senior thrower Erin Farmer set a new school record and several other top-10 marks were set by Arkansas State track and field athletes in the first of two days of competition at the annual A-State Kickoff Klassic at the Convocation Center.
Coming off an outdoor season in which she reached the Olympic standard in the shot put, Farmer opened her senior season with a new school record in the weight throw. She posted a throw of 20.00m (65-7.50) to win the event. The Red Wolves had the top four finishers in the field with junior Calea Carr second (17.12m/56-2.00) and freshmen Grace Flowers (14.77m/48-5.50) and Danielle Lorenz (13.67m/44-10.50) finishing third and fourth, respectively.
Sophomore Gracee Damron took the top finish in the pentathlon with a point total of 3,341 points. She had the top mark among participants in 55-meter hurdles (8.63), 800-meter run (2:28.27) and long jump (5.29m/17-4.25). Freshman Kristen Sink was second in the pentathlon with a total of 2,706 points. After four events in the heptathlon, freshman Coleton Clifft leads with 2,728 points while freshmen Hayden Hampton (2,686) and Ty Robinson (2,600) are second and third, respectively.
Freshman Sarah Michael was the top collegiate finisher in the pole vault, clearing 3.75m (12-3.50). Her clearance ranks as the 10th best in program history. Sophomore Cristian Ravar Ladislau was the top collegiate finisher in the men's weight throw with a toss of 18.92m (62-1.00), a personal-best and fifth-best throw in program history.
Roelf Pienaar opened his senior season with a first place finish in the long jump. He posted a leap of 7.42m (24-4.25). Junior Jamil Peeples was second (7.27m/23-10.00) and junior Jonah Wiley (6.69m/21-11.25) placed fourth. Senior Shemiah Brooks took first place in the women's long jump with a leap of 5.76m (18-10.75). Freshman Briana Hardiman was second with a mark of 5.52m (18-1.50) and senior Viktroia Sadokhina was fifth with a jump of 5.18m (17-0.00).
On the track, A-State took top finishes in both the men's and women's 200-meter dashes. Junior Jaylen Bacon flashed a time of 21.55 to win the men's competition while sophomore Channell O'Conner posted a time of 25.19 to win the women's side. In the women's race, senior Erika Christian (25.24) was second and junior De'Airis Weakley was fourth (25.75).
Saturday's action begins at 10:00 a.m. with the conclusion of the heptathlon. Women's triple jump is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. with the men to follow while the men's high jump will begin at noon with the women following. Men's pole vault and men's shot put begin at 1:00 p.m. with the women's shot put to follow.
The action on the track Saturday begins at 11:30 a.m. with preliminaries in the 55m dash and 55m hurdles. Finals begin at 2:00 p.m. for the 55m dash and 55m hurdles with a rolling schedule for the remainder of the events.
A-State is scheduled for five additional indoor meets before the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Championships Feb. 20-21 in Birmingham, Ala. The Red Wolves host the A-State Invitational & Multis Jan. 27-28 at the Convocation Center.