Press Release from Arkansas State Athletics
The Arkansas State Track & Field teams got a preview of the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Championships with the Samford Invite taking place inside the Birmingham Crossplex, host site of the 2019 SBC Indoor Championships.
A-State had a productive day as the Red Wolves set four meet records and took home eight event titles. In all, the Red Wolves totaled 31 top-five finishes in the meet.
“I thought we did well for this time of year,” said A-State head coach Jim Patchell. “Today was an improvement from last week so we are moving in the right direction. Our workload in practice is still pretty high so our legs weren’t 100 percent, but we still managed some decent performances today.”
Caitland Smith, the reigning Sun Belt Conference Female Track Athlete of the Week, set two of those meet records. Smith won the 60-meter dash in 7.46 seconds, the third-fastest time in program history, to break the previous meet record of 7.57 seconds. In the 200-meter dash, Smith clocked a time of 24.25 seconds, also a meet record beating the previous best of 24.93 seconds. Jonae Cook placed fourth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.64 seconds, the sixth-fastest time in program history.
Michael Carr established the meet record in pole vault and set a personal-best for himself. Carr cleared 5.32m (17-5.50) to win the event, set a meet record and rank 10th among the program’s top-10 indoor rankings. Matthew Keown placed second in the event, clearing 4.70m (15-5.00).
Carter Shell rounded out the meet record-breaking performances as he recorded a long jump of 7.39m (24-3.00). A-State swept the high jump top finishes with Tiaan Steenkamp (2.00m/6-6.75) taking the men’s competition and Sydney Lane (1.69m/5-6.50) winning the women’s competition. The Red Wolves also took top marks in two distance races with Heinrich Herbst winning the 800-meter run (1:54.98) and Madison Grimm leading the field in the 3,000-meter run (10:41.35).
The Red Wolves return to First National Bank Arena for the A-State Invitational on Friday, January 25.
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