Track and Field finish with 13 athletes in top 5 at Red Wolves Open

By Nathan Shelby
On April 28, 2014

The Arkansas State Track and Field teams enjoyed immense success this weekend as they hosted the Red Wolves Open here in Jonesboro.

The Red Wolves not only won three events, but took 13 top five placings against schools like Ole Miss, Memphis, Ohio State, Western Kentucky and a host of local state schools.  
“This was definitely one of the best quality meets we’ve had here in years,” said A-State Head Coach Jim Patchell in a press release.

“We had a lot of nice PRs in different events and the weather was great. Our team did a great job of competing against some quality competition and will prepare us well for the upcoming conference meet.”  
Sophomore Emenderlyn Iwuji took first place in the women’s 100m hurdles with a time of 14.26.

Once again, senior Sharika Nelvis had a strong showing and won the 100m and 200m dashes.

She also set a Red Wolves Open record, and tied her own personal record in the 200m dash with a time of 23.29.

Freshman Lindsey Millis took third for the Red Wolves in the 5,000m run with a time of 20:37.60.

Junior Heather Newberry finished in third with a personal best 4:50.75.

Sophomore pole-vaulter Alexandra Pevtsova took fourth in the pole-vault with a personal best 12-10.32/3.92m finish.  
Rounding out the top fives for the women’s side was freshman Shalynn Cyprien, who took fourth in the 100m hurdles; sophomore Abbey Dixon, who took fifth in the 1,500m; freshman Erika Christian, who took fifth in the 400m dash; junior Jasmin Marks, who took fifth in the triple jump; and the Red Wolves 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams, who both took home fourth place finishes.

The men’s team was lead by freshman All-American Roelf Pienaar, who won the men’s long jump with a personal best 25-08.25/7.83m finish. F
reshman Kyle Somerville, sophomore Wil Norris and sophomore Billy Ellis all finished in second place in the 800m,1,500m and 110m hurdles respectively.

Senior Kashef Daniel took third in the high jump, and senior Justin Whitfield finished fifth in the 100m dash while setting a personal best time of 10.51.  
The Red Wolves will now have to wait until May 9-11 when they head to San Marcos, Texas for the 2014 Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship.

The conference meet will be hosted by Texas State University at Bobcat Track and Field Stadium.

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