Track and field have great showings over weekend

By Randall Sharp
On April 7, 2014

Arkansas State University outdoor track and field had great meets highlighted by numerous individual season and personal record performances this weekend at the Stanford Invitational and the Auburn Tiger Classic.

Junior Kristina Aubert produced a regional qualifying mark in the 10,000-meter run at the Stanford Invitational in Stanford, Calif. Aubert shattered her own record (34:53.51) by clocking an 33:54.20 time, finishing in third place out of 39 competitors.

“Kristina turned in an outstanding performance,” said A-State head coach Jim Patchell in a press release. “Kristina’s time improved her personal best by over a minute and guaranteed her a spot at the regionals.”

Senior Chris Nicasio posted a season best in the hammer throw with a toss of 200-00.00/60.96m, finishing in second place. Sophomore Abbey Dixon finished in fourth-place with a 17:57.95 time in the 5,000 meters, which is a new personal best over her previous time (17:58.69).

A-State’s 4x100-meter relay team of seniors Raymond Jackson and Justin Whitfield along with sophomores Jamal Jones and Tahshon Reese finished fourth with a solid time of 41.24.

“It was great meet overall, had numerous personal records which is a good sign of progression throughout the team but we still have a lot of work to do to bring home a conference championship in May,” Whitfield said.

All-American Senior Sharika Nelvis was victorious in the 100-meter hurdles by posting a 13.18 time. Junior Tilda Helgesson took third place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, posting a career best time of 11:08.64. In the shot put, senior Kim Ludick-Raath’s 46-00.50/14.03m throw earned her fourth place.

“For an opener it was a good meet, but there’s a lot of room for improvement,” Nelvis said.

Sophomore Wil Norris and freshman Roelf Pienaar came in second place in their respective events. Norris posted an 8:39.54 time in the 3,000 meter while Pienaar covered a distance of 24-09.25/7.55m in the long jump. Senior Kashef Daniel cleared the bar at 6-09.50/2.07 in the high jump to earn fourth place honors.

The Red Wolves produced nine top five place finishes in the school’s first appearance at the Auburn Tiger Classic, at the Hutsell-Rosen Track on the Auburn University’s campus in Auburn, Ala. The men’s team had five of those top five finishes while the women held four.

The Red Wolves move on to the Tennessee Sea Ray Relays on April 10-12 in Knoxville, Tenn., and the South Alabama Invitational on April 11-12 in Mobile, Ala.

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