Red Wolves teams in third heading to final day of SBC Outdoor Track & Field Championships

Red Wolves teams in third heading to final day of SBC Outdoor Track & Field Championships
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San Marcos, TX (A-State) – Freshman Babette Vandeput won the women's discus throw and both the Arkansas State men's and women's track and field squads are third in the team standings heading to the final day of competition at the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Championships.

"After day two, we feel really good about where both the men's and women's team are at this point," said A-State head coach Jim Patchell. "The men are about where we thought they would be and the women have outperformed where we projected after day two, thanks to our discus throwers. We had some great performances today, and qualified who we needed, but we are only about halfway there. Finals day is tomorrow and we just need to keep our momentum."

Heading into the final day of competition Sunday on ESPN3, the A-State men stand third with 43 points. Host Texas State leads with 52 points followed by Louisiana with 45 points. The A-State women are also third in the standings, with a point total of 55.50 points. South Alabama leads the way thru nine events with 84 points and Appalachian State is second with 56.50 points.

Vandeput won the discus throw with a mark of 51.71m (169-08). Calea Carr, the reigning SBC discus throw champion, finished second with a throw of 51.22m (168-00) and Hannah Higgins was fourth with a throw of 47.44m (155-08) to give the women's team 23 points in the event. Darragh May finished tied for third in the high jump (1.74m/5-08.50) to add 5.5 points and Rebecca Eldien's eighth place time of 11:19.80 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase added a point. The women also added points by way of Darragh May's third place finish in the high jump (1.74m/5-08.50).

The men's team scoring output on Saturday was keyed by the shot put and long jump competitions. Itamar Levi placed second with a throw of 18.67m (61-03.00) and Cristian Ravar Ladislau was seventh at 16.34m (53-07.50). The long jump produced 13 points as Carter Shell was second at 7.54m (24-09.00), Jamil Peeples was fifth at 7.42m (24-04.25) and Jonah Wiley was eighth at 7.27m (23-10.25). Bennett Pascoe closed the day for A-State in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, clocking a 9:40.09 for a seventh place finish.

Hayden Hampton battled through the decathlon to a second place finish with a total of 6,935 points. Hannah Dunderdale closed the heptathlon with 5,189 points to place third while Allie Hensley totaled 4,674 points across the two-day event to place seventh.

The preliminaries on the track were highlighted by first place times by Jaylen Bacon, Heinrich Herbst, Caitland Smith and Briana Hardiman. Bacon sizzled in the 100-meter dash, posting the top collegiate time this year at 9.99 seconds. That time ranks him second according to the USA Track & Field rankings and fourth in the world rankings by IAAF.org. Elijah Ross will join him in the final after clocking a 10.36 in the prelims. Herbst paced the qualifiers in the 800-meter with a time of 1:50.67 and will be joined by Jacob Oury (1:52.29) in the final. On the women's side, Caitland Smith led the 100-meter dash with a wind-aided 11.33 in the 100-meter dash and Briana Hardiman led the way in the 400-meter dash at 54.35 seconds.

Live streaming of the 2018 Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Championships is available on ESPN3 beginning at 6:00 p.m. (CT). Sunday's action begins at 11:00 a.m. with the men's discus throw. Live results are available via DeltaTiming.com and updates provided via twitter @AStateGameDay throughout the three-day meet. Full event-by-event schedule is below.

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Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Championships
Bobcat Track & Field Stadium

Men's Team Rankings (7 Events Scored)
Texas State – 52
Louisiana – 45
Arkansas State – 43
ULM – 36
UT Arlington – 30
South Alabama – 23
Troy – 22
Coastal Carolina – 18
Little Rock – 2
Appalachian State - 2

Women's Team Rankings (9 Events Scored)
South Alabama – 84
Appalachian State – 56.50
Arkansas State – 55.50
UT Arlington – 43
Georgia State – 32
Texas State – 25.50
Troy – 24
Little Rock – 10
Coastal Carolina – 10
Louisiana – 8.50
ULM - 2

Arkansas State Athletes
Men 
100
 | (Prelims) 1. Jaylen Bacon – 9.99Q (fastest time in nation), 6. Elijah Ross – 10.36q, 26. Chris Hill – 10.79, Final – 6:15 PM Sunday 
200 | (Prelims) 1. Jaylen Bacon – 20.44Q, 8. Elijah Ross – 21.11q (ranks 9th in program history), 26. Chris Carter – 21.94, 27. Chris Hill – 22.05, Final Sunday 7:00 PM 
400 | (Prelims) 19. Landon Abernathy – 50.29 
800 | (Prelims) 1. Heinrich Herbst – 1:50.67Q, 4. Jacob Oury – 1:52.29q, 18. Zach VanGundy – 1:57.36, 8:15 PM Saturday – Prelims, 6:30 PM Sunday – Final 
1500 | (Prelims) 2. Heinrich Herbst – 4:00.64Q, 4. Seth Waters – 4:00.88Q, Final – Sunday 5:25 PM   
5000 | 7:30 PM Sunday 
10000 | 9. John Carder – 33:19.05
110H | 11. Amari James – 14.61, 12. Ke'Von Holder – 14.81 
400H | (Prelims) 1. Nick Hilson – 51.85Q, Final Sunday 6:45 PM 
3000m Steeplechase | 7. Bennett Pascoe – 9:40.09
4x100m Relay | 5:05 PM Sunday
4x400m Relay | 8:00 PM Sunday 
High Jump | 1:00 PM Sunday
Pole Vault | 3:30 PM Sunday
Long Jump | 2. Carter Shell – 7.54m/24-09.00, 5. Jamil Peeples – 7.42m/24-04.25, 8. Jonah Wiley – 7.27m/23-10.25
Triple Jump | 2:00 PM Sunday
Shot Put | 2. Itamar Levi – 18.67m/61-03.00, 7. Cristian Ravar Ladislau – 16.34m/53-07.50, 13. Eric Williams – 15.44m/50-08.00, 14. Eron Carter – 15.38m/50-05.50
Discus Throw | 11:00 AM Sunday
Hammer Throw | 1. Cristian Ravar Ladislau – 67.20m (220-06), 9. Eron Carter – 54.46m (178-08)
Javelin Throw | 9. David Phillips – 53.20m/174-06
Decathlon | 2. Hayden Hampton – 6,935 pts.

Women 
100
 | (Prelims) 1. Caitland Smith – 11.33Q, 17. De'Airis Weakley – 11.99, Final – 6:10 PM Sunday 
200 | (Prelims) 1. Caitland Smith – 23.21Q, 14. De'Airis Weakley – 24.738:10 PM Friday – Prelims, 6:55 PM Sunday – Final 
400 | (Prelims) 1. Briana Hardiman – 54.35Q, 17. Nia Davis – 58.24, Final – 5:55 PM Sunday 800 | (Prelims) 3. Pauline Meyer – 2:12.87Q, Final – 6:25 PM Sunday 
1500 | (Prelims) 5. Pauline Meyer – 4:34.37Q, 6. Anaelle Charles – 4:36.23Q, 13. Greta Carlberg – 4:38.74, Finals – Sunday 5:15 PM 
5000 | 7:10 PM Sunday
10000 | 5. Megan Adams – 39:25.90
100H | (Prelims) 2. Darragh May – 13.62Q (ranks 3rd in program history, 15. Trevene Cowan – 14.49, 16. Hannah Dunderdale – 14.496:30 PM Saturday – Prelims, 5:40 PM Sunday – Final 
400H | (Prelims) 3. Gracee Damron – 1:01.23Q (ranks 6th in program history), 6. LaCarol Baynes – 1:03.05q, 7. Trevene Cowan – 1:03.23q, Final Sunday 6:40 PM 
3000m Steeplechase | 8. Rebecca Eldien – 11:19.80, 11. Sammy Brainard – 11:48.82
4x100m Relay | 5:00 PM Sunday
4x400m Relay | 7:55 PM Sunday
High Jump | T3. Darragh May – 1.74m/5-08.50
Pole Vault | 2. Sarah Michael – 3.92m/12-10.25 (ranks 7th in program history), 9. Nada Buntic – 3.52m/11-06.50, 11. Lauren Smith – 3.52m/11-06.50
Long Jump | 9. Arabriaun Mack – 5.75m/18-10.50
Triple Jump | 4:00 PM Sunday
Shot Put | 1:30 PM Sunday
Discus Throw | 1. Babette Vandeput – 51.71m/169-08, 2. Calea Carr – 51.22m/168-00, 4. Hannah Higgins – 47.44m/155-08
Hammer Throw | 3. Calea Carr – 55.90m/183-05, 22. Hannah Higgins – 39.57m/129-10, 23. Babette Vandeput – 34.59m/113-06
Javelin Throw | 9. Kristen Sink – 36.81m/120-09
Heptathlon | 3. Hannah Dunderdale – 5,189 pts., 7. Allie Hensley – 4,674 pts.

*Times subject to change and are listed in CT