Arkansas State women claim Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track & Field championship

Sun Belt Outdoor Track & Field championships Day 3

Press Release from Arkansas State Athletics

JONESBORO, Ark. (5/12/19) – The Arkansas State women’s team won the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship Sunday while the men finished second on the final day of the three day meet at the A-State Track & Field Complex.

The A-State women claimed their first outdoor conference title since 2015, second since 2001, and eighth overall title outdoors, fifth as a member of the Sun Belt Conference. Texas State finished runner-up with 128 points while South Alabama was third with 127. Texas State won the men’s title with 122.5 points, edging A-State (117) and UT Arlington (109). This is the fifth-straight season that both the A-State men and women finish in the top three at the outdoor championships.

“It’s a bittersweet day with the exact opposite result as last year, but that’s what happens when you coach two teams,” said A-State head coach Jim Patchell. “I’m extremely excited for the women because this has been a goal since this time last year. Those ladies worked hard every day and put their mind to it. I’m proud of the championship, but I’m more proud of what they have become by getting to this point. We knew we had a good chance to win the women’s title and we also knew we had a chance on the men’s side. The men’s title came down to the last event, but we knew if we did what we were capable of we could win the women’s title.”

Grace Flowers got the day started with the title in discus throw. Flowers registered a personal-best throw of 52.90m (173-07), the fourth-best throw in program history, for the victory. Babette Vandeput made it 18 points with a runner-up finish posting a throw of 51.76m (169-10), the fifth-best throw in program history. Imani Udoumana gave the Red Wolves another event title by way of a triple jump measuring 12.69m (41-7.75), the fourth-best jump in program history.

On the track, the A-State women got off to a blistering start with the 4x100-meter relay setting a school and championships record. Kerra Williams, Caitland Smith, Jonae Cook and Osereme Erewele sprinted to a time of 44.70 seconds, 25th-fastest in the NCAA West Region and 57th-nationally, for both an A-State program record and Sun Belt Outdoor Championships record. The SBC record had stood since 2005.

Emma Nwofor took home first place in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.63 seconds to complete the season sweep of the hurdles. Nwofor won the 60-meter hurdles indoors. Caitland Smith raced to the 100-meter dash title in 11.25 seconds while finishing second in the 200-meter at 23.25 seconds.

Osereme Erewele and Jonae Cook each added valuable points in the sprints. Erewele placed fourth in the 100-meter dash (11.79) and eighth in the 200-meter dash (25.09) while Cook was seventh in the 100-meter dash (11.95) and fifth in the 200-meter dash (24.29). Anaelle Charles and Pauline Meyer combined for 15 points out of the 800 and 1500-meter runs. Charles was third in the 1500-meter (4:36.45) and fourth in the 800-meter (2:13.54) while Meyer was sixth in the 1500-meter (4:39.11) and eighth in the 800-meter (2:23.88). Gracee Damron added a podium finish placing third in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:00.39.

The men’s team race came down to the 4x400-meter relay with Texas State holding a 2.5 point lead over the Red Wolves. Texas State finished fourth while A-State finished seventh as the Bobcats edged A-State by 5.5 points in the final standings.

Tiaan Steenkamp was the lone individual champion for the men’s squad on the meet. Steenkamp won the high jump with a clearance of 2.14m (7-0.25). Jermie Walker took silver in the 400-meter dash with a time of 47.39 seconds. Michael Carr also earned silver on Sunday with a pole vault clearance of 5.48m (17-11.75).

The men’s middle distance group had a big day combining for 28 points in two races. Heinrich Herbst was second in the 1,500-meter run at 3:52.61 with Seth Waters third (3:54.43) and Bennett Pascoe (3:54.93). Herbst was third in the 800-meter run (1:51.09) with Waters sixth at 1:52.17.

The men’s team also added points by way of the following; Carter Shell in triple jump (5th – 14.93m/48-11.75), Matthew Keown in pole vault (4.93m/16-2), Frank Massey in the high jump (7th – 2.03m/6-8) and Daidren Davis in the 400-meter hurdles (8th – 54.32).

NCAA West Regional qualifiers will be finalized in the coming days and announced ahead of the NCAA West Regional Championship May 23-25 in Sacramento, Calif.

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Sun Belt Conference Championships A-State Track & Field Complex | Jonesboro, Ark.

Men 100m Dash: (Prelim) 16. Courtney Thomas – 10.85, 21. Chris Hill – 10.96 200m Dash: (Final) 7. Jermie Walker – 21.60; (Prelim) 6. Jermie Walker – 21.37q, 19. D’Kari Smith – 22.04 400m Dash: (Final) 2. Jermie Walker – 47.39; 3. Jermie Walker – 48.70Q, 16. K’Den Fortune-Johnson – 51.63 800m Run: (Finals) 3. Heinrich Herbst – 1:51.09, 6. Seth Waters – 1:52.17; (Prelim) 2. Heinrich Herbst – 1:52.81Q, 6. Seth Waters – 1:53.38q, 9. Alejandro Vargas – 1:54.32, 16. Garrett Becker – 1:56.40, 18. Clayton Stuart – 1:58.04, 26. Jacob Oury – 2:04.69 1500m Run: (Final) 2. Heinrich Herbst – 3:52.61, 3. Seth Waters – 3:54.43, 4. Bennett Pascoe – 3:54.93; (Prelim) 2. Heinrich Herbst – 3:57.97Q, 3. Bennett Pascoe – 3:57.80Q, 5. Seth Waters – 3:58.21Q, 13. Jallah Galimah – 4:00.90, 16. Jacob Oury – 4:02.82, 17. Owen Habeger – 4:03.67 5000m Run: 13. John Carder – 15:25.25, 22. Logan Simington – 15:54.05 10000m Run: 12. John Carder – 31:36.23 (ranks 4th in program history), 18. Logan Simington – 33:17.78 110m Hurdles: (Final) Sunday 4:45 PM; (Prelim) 4. Amari James – 14.21q, 7. Ke’Von Holder – 14.45q 400m Hurdles: (Final) 8. Daidren Davis – 54.32; (Prelim) 5. Daidren Davis – 53.78q, 11. Darrian Lockett – 54.78 3000m Steeplechase: 3. Bennett Pascoe – 9:00.82 (ranks 3rd in program history), 11. Ethan Mychajlonka – 9:37.05 4x100m Relay: 7. Ke’Von Holder/Jermie Walker/D’Kari Smith/Courtney Thomas – 41.51 4x400m Relay: 7. Jermie Walker/Daidren Davis/Clayton Stuart/Darrian Lockett – 3:16.89 High Jump: 1. Tiaan Steenkamp – 2.14m/7-0.25, 7. Frank Massey – 2.03m/6-8, 11. Carter Shell – 1.93m/6-4, 12. Hayden Hampton – 1.93m/6-4 Pole Vault: 2. Michael Carr – 5.48m/17-11.75, 6. Matthew Keown – 4.93m/16-2 Long Jump: 4. Carter Shell – 7.61m/24-11.75, 8. Courtney Thomas – 7.37m/24-2.25 Triple Jump: 5. Carter Shell – 14.93m/48-11.75, 12. Courtney Thomas – 14.09m/46-2.75 Shot Put: 4. Jermaine Anderson – 16.25m/53-3.75, 10. Eric Williams – 15.27m/50-1.25, 10. LeeRoi Johnson – 15.27m/50-1.25, 14. Eron Carter – 14.45m/47-5 Discus Throw: Sunday 2:00 PM Hammer Throw: 4. Eron Carter – 55.02m/180-6, 19. LeeRoi Johnson – 48.26m/158-4 Javelin Throw: None Decathlon: 2. Hayden Hampton – 6,976 points

Men’s Team Standings 1. Texas State - 122.5 2. Arkansas State - 117 3. UT Arlington - 109 4. Troy - 97 5. South Alabama - 89 6. Louisiana - 88 7. Coastal Carolina – 74.5 8. Appalachian State - 58 9. ULM – 57 10. Little Rock - 7

Women 100m Dash: (Final) 1. Caitland Smith – 11.25, 4. Osereme Erewele – 11.79, 7. Jonae Cook – 11.95; (Prelim) 1. Caitland Smith – 11.37Q, 6. Jonae Cook – 11.88q (ranks 9th in program history), 7. Osereme Erewele – 11.88q, 22. Kerra Williams – 12.30 200m Dash: (Final) 2. Caitland Smith – 23.25, 5. Jonae Cook – 24.29 (ranks 7th in program history), 8. Osereme Erewele – 25.09; (Prelim) 1. Caitland Smith – 23.32Q, 4. Osereme Erewele – 24.29Q, 5. Jonae Cook – 24.54Q 400m Dash: None 800m Run: (Finals) 4. Anaelle Charles – 2:13.54, 8. Pauline Meyer – 2:23.88; (Prelim) 5. Anaelle Charles – 2:11.90q (ranks 5th in program history), 8. Pauline Meyer – 2:31.94q, 21. Andrea Perez – 2:57.03 1500m Run: (Final) 3. Anaelle Charles – 4:36.45, 6. Pauline Meyer – 4:39.11; (Prelim) 6. Pauline Meyer – 4:39.20Q, 8. Anaelle Charles – 4:39.23Q 5000m Run: 12. Madison Grimm – 17:54.40 (ranks 9th in program history), 15. Sophia Oury – 18:07.40, 16. Sophie Leathers – 18:09.38, 19. Sammy Brainard – 18:18.67 10000m Run: 8. Madison Grimm – 37:35.11 (ranks 8th in program history), 10. Elizabeth Gillette – 38:07.59, 16. Jessica Weiss – 39:50.36 100m Hurdles: (Final) 1. Emma Nwofor – 13.63; (Prelim) 2. Emma Nwofor – 13.88Q 400m Hurdles: (Final) 3. Gracee Damron – 1:00.39; (Prelim) 4. Gracee Damron – 1:01.77q, 9. Kerra Williams – 1:04.19 3000m Steeplechase: 7. Sammy Brainard – 10:45.37 (school record), 8. Sophia Oury – 10:55.64 (ranks 3rd in program history), 11. Sophie Leathers – 11:20.36 (ranks 7th in program history) 4x100m Relay: 1. Jonae Cook/Caitland Smith/Kerra Williams/Osereme Erewele – 44.70 (school record, championship record) 4x400m Relay: None High Jump: 3. Sydney Lane – 1.73m/5-8, 6. Emma Nwofor – 1.65m/5-5, 9. Nada Buntic – 1.65m/5-5, 10. Megan Knowling – 1.65m/5-5, 11. Camryn Newton-Smith – 1.60m/5-3, 13. Allie Hensley – 1.60m/5-3 Pole Vault: 6. Nada Buntic – 3.51m/11-6.25, 7. Sarah Michael – 3.36m/11-0.25 Long Jump: 4. Emma Nwofor – 5.88m/19-3.50, 5. Arabriaun Mack – 5.88m/19-3.50, 7. Osereme Erewele – 5.85m/19-2.50, 10. Johnaya Givens – 5.62m/18-5.25 Triple Jump: 1. Imani Udoumana – 12.69m/41-7.75 (ranks 4th in program history), 9. Arabriaun Mack – 11.72m/38-5.50, 10. Megan Knowling – 11.66m/38-3.25, 12. Johnaya Givens – 11.58m/38-0 Shot Put: 2. Evangelynn Harris – 14.07m/46-2, 16. Grace Flowers – 11.77m/38-7.50 Discus Throw: 1. Grace Flowers – 52.90m/173-07 (ranks 4th in program history), 2. Babette Vandeput – 51.76m/169-10 (ranks 5th in program history), 16. Evangelynn Harris – 37.10m/121-09 Hammer Throw: 3. Grace Flowers – 55.68m/182-08, 11. Hannah Higgins – 48.79m/160-1 Javelin Throw: 4. Camryn Newton-Smith – 45.09m/147-11 (ranks 2nd in program history), 8. Emma Nwofor – 40.14m/131-08 (ranks 8th in program history) Heptathlon: 4. Camryn Newton-Smith – 5,028 points (ranks 7th in program history), 6. Allie Hensley – 4,767 points

Women’s Team Standings 1. Arkansas State - 155 2. Texas State - 128 3. South Alabama - 127 4. Georgia State – 82 5. Troy - 81 6. UT Arlington – 61.5 7. Appalachian State – 48 8. Georgia Southern - 47 9. Louisiana – 41.5 10. ULM - 24 11. Little Rock - 12 11. Coastal Carolina - 12

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