Red Wolves track and field place at weekend invitationals

By Dylan Travis
On February 10, 2014

With a record setting invitational behind them, A-State track and field turned its attention towards the Missouri Invitational on Feb. 7 and the Nebraska Sevigne Husker Invitational Feb. 7-8.

The Red Wolves scored well at both invitationals with two first place finishers and several top-five finishers. These two invitationals were the last chances of the season for several A-state athletes to hone their skills against live competition. Senior Ethan Turpen said he was amazed at the way the team has improved so far in the indoor season.

“I feel as if our team has come a long way this season,” Turpen said. “We’ve had performances on all ends of the spectrum.”

Missouri Invitational
Several A-State members flexed their muscles at the Missouri Invitational but sophomore distance runner Jessie Duvall was the only Red Wolf to bring home a first place finish.

Duvall’s 2:38.17 eclipsed the 2:40.16 mark of Allen County’s Connor Immenschuh for first place in the 1,000-meter race. Duvall also set a new personal best in the mile run with a 4:26.25 time, placing him fifth in the meet.

The third place mark was achieved when the men’s 4x800- meter relay team of freshmen Denton Postlewait and Kyle Somerville and sophomores Shane Lopez and Andre Walker ran with a time of 8:20.67, which was 19 seconds off the mark set by Missouri Valley when they scored an 8:01.87
Redshirt junior Kristina Aubert and sophomore Emenderlyn Iwuji both acquired second place finishes. Aubert’s 5:11.56 in the one mile fell just short of Twishana Williams’ mark of 5:09.41. Iwuji’s 8.58 in the 60-meter hurdles was only one hundredth of a second behind the first place mark of 8:57 set by Shanelle Williams.

Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational
The second half of A-State’s track and field team competed at the Husker Invitational. The Red Wolves competed hard and had one first place finisher, as well as several top-five finishers.

Senior Sharika Nelvis continued to dominate in her senior campaign. Her 8.35 in the 60-meter hurdles gave her an easy first place finish over Lincoln University’s Ladonna Richards’ mark of 8.46. Junior Rexi Parcells’ finished third in the mile run with her time of 4:59.10, falling short of the 4:54.67 set by Nebraska Omaha’s Katarina Zarudnaya.

Heaving the shot put 60-02.50, senior Richard Chavez finished in second place, but first place amongst collegiate athletes.

Chavez said he was well pleased with the way his team performed at the invitational.

“As a team, we performed well in several areas,” he said. “Many athletes had personal bests in their events. There is always area for improvement but we are moving in the right direction heading into conference play.”

The indoor season has only a few weeks remaining. The Sun Belt Conference Championship will take place Feb 24 and 25.

“The next few weeks are critical weeks in training,” Turpen said. “Not so much on the physical aspect but more so on the mental aspect. I feel as if our team’s confidence is building towards something great.”

Chavez agreed with teammate Ethan Turpen that these next few weeks are crucial, but said the team needed more consistency to succeed.

“We just need to be consistent in what we are doing and believe in the coach’s system,” he said. “We all know what we are capable of doing and we realize it will be tough competition. Just as a team, we need to enjoy the moment and take advantage of the opportunity.”


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