Itamar Levi Gives A-State Track & Field Program Record Seven Qualifiers for NCAA Outdoor Championships

Itamar Levi Gives A-State Track & Field Program Record Seven Qualifiers for NCAA Outdoor Championships
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (5/26/18) – Arkansas State senior shot putter Itamar Levi punched his ticket to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and senior sprinter Jaylen Bacon added the 200-meter dash to his schedule at the championships.

Arkansas State qualifies a school-record seven student-athletes in eight events for the NCAA Outdoor Championships June 6-9 in Eugene, Ore. Jaylen Bacon (100m/200m), Elijah Ross (100m), Carter Shell (Long Jump), Itamar Levi (Shot Put) and Cristian Ravar Ladislau (Hammer Throw) represent the men's team while Caitland Smith (100m) and Calea Carr (Discus Throw) compete for the women's side.

"Taking seven people to the NCAA Championships is something we want to continue to do and get even more," said A-State head coach Jim Patchell. "We are continuing to get better each year, which is a great sign for the program."

Levi punched his ticket to Eugene by placing 10th among the 48 competitors Saturday. After a foul on his first attempt, Levi launched the shot 18.73m (61-5.50) to rank ninth heading into the final throw. Levi fell to 10th before his final attempt, which was also a foul, but his mark stood up for the 10th place finish. This will be Levi's first appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Bacon, coming off tying the world's fastest wind-legal 100-meter dash on Friday, ran in the quarterfinal of the 200-meter dash on Saturday looking to advance to Eugene in a second event. Bacon cruised to the win in his heat in 20.51 seconds, the second-fastest time among west region qualifiers and eighth-fastest time among the 24 entrants headed to the 200-meter dash at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Caitland Smith punched her ticket to Eugene in the 100-meter dash on Friday and was fractions of a second shy of advancing in the 200-meter dash. She placed sixth in her 200-meter dash heat at 23.34 seconds and finished 13th among the 24 athletes in the quarterfinal race, just shy of the 12th place time of 23.19 seconds.

"Unfortunately, Caitland got lane one in the draw," said Patchell. "I think if she had gotten any other lane, she would have advanced seeing that she was 13th overall. That's the way it goes sometimes, and you just have to go with it and that time was right at her personal best. All in all, I'm proud of our week and looking forward to getting to Eugene."

Calea Carr, who qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the discus throw, competed in the hammer throw on Saturday. Carr finished 42nd with a mark of 51.95m (170-5), but will see her season continue in Eugene. Senior David Phillips had his career come to a close at the highest level. Phillips finished 29th in the high jump with a clearance of 2.06m (6-9.00).

The 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships begin June 6 at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

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NCAA West Preliminary Round 
Hornet Stadium | Sacramento, Calif.

Thursday (May 24) 
2. Jaylen Bacon – 10.04 | 100m Dash | Advances to Quarterfinal (Friday) 
2. Cristian Ravar Ladislau – 66.80m/225-9 | Hammer Throw | Advances to Eugene
9. Elijah Ross – 10.26 | 100m Dash | Advances to Quarterfinal (Friday) 
11. Carter Shell – 7.64m/25-00.75 | Long Jump | Advances to Eugene
17. Caitland Smith – 11.51 | 100m Dash | Advances to Quarterfinal (Friday) 
17. Michael Carr – 5.00m/16-04.75 | Pole Vault
21. Darragh May – 1.75m/5-8.75 | High Jump
25. Heinrich Herbst – 1:51.04 | 800m run
30. Nick Hilson – 51.95 | 400m Hurdles 
42. Briana Hardiman – 55.37 | 400m Dash

Friday (May 25) 
1. Jaylen Bacon – 9.97 (world's fastest time this year) | 100m Dash | Advances to Eugene
2. Jaylen Bacon – 20.38 | 200m Dash | Advances to Quarterfinal (Saturday) 
8. Caitland Smith – 11.29 | 100m Dash | Advances to Eugene
10. Calea Carr – 53.42m/175-3 | Discus Throw | Advances to Eugene
12. Elijah Ross – 10.43 | 100m Dash | Advances to Eugene
17. Caitland Smith – 23.52 | 200m Dash | Advances to Quarterfinal (Saturday) 
23. Babette Vandeput – 50.88m/166-11 | Discus Throw
24. Itamar Levi – 52.43m/172-0 | Discus Throw
32. Darragh May – 13.83 | 100m Hurdles
45. Jamil Peeples – 15.16 | 110m Hurdles
DNS Elijah Ross | 200m Dash

Saturday (May 26) 
2. Jaylen Bacon – 20.51 | 200m Dash | Advances to Eugene
10. Itamar Levi – 18.73m/61-5.50 | Shot Put | Advances to Eugene
13. Caitland Smith – 23.34 | 200m Dash 
29. David Phillips – 2.06m/6-9.00 | High Jump
42. Calea Carr – 51.95m/170-5 | Hammer Throw