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A-State Kick-Off Klassic starts off with a bang

Published: Monday, December 2, 2013

Updated: Monday, December 2, 2013 14:12


Takako Okumura

Rexi Parcells of Plano, Tex., Abbey Dixon of West Memphis and Tilda Helgesson of Ahus, Sweden compete in the A-State Kick-Off Klassic yesterday.

A-State track and field started off with a bang at the Arkansas State Kick-Off Klassic competing against several universities in a litany of running events ranging from 55 meter sprints to a 5,000 meter race as well as several field events: pole-vault, shot put, weight throw, long jump, and triple jump.

“Everyone performed quite well,” senior captain Ethan Turpen said.

“The team, as of now, is competitive, but being competitive is not enough.”  
Senior Sharika Nelvis dominated the 55 meter sprint and hurdles winning both events.  
She set a new personal best in the sprint with a time of 6.78 seconds, which beat her previous personal record of 6.86 seconds.

She scored a solid 7.79 in the hurdles giving her the sweep of her events.

Also scoring well in the hurdles, sophomore Emenderlyn Iwuji finished second behind Nelvis.

The women’s distance crew of junior Rexi Parcells, junior Tilda Helgesson, sophomore Abbey Dixon, and senior Bailey Eller finished first through fourth in the women’s 3000 meter run.

They managed to lap the final four runners twice in their dominating performance.

Further, junior Heather Newberry and freshman Brianne Murphy finished first and second in the mile run for the woman.

The women’s team also took home several field event victories including freshman Erin Farmer’s victory in the weight throw and Iwuji won both the long jump and the triple jump.

As for the men, senior Chris Nicasio, senior Richard Chavez, senior Tyler Lingo, and freshman Brandon Lombardino finished top four in the weight throw as well as finishing top four in the shot put.

Also adding to the field event victories, senior Kashef Daniel won the High Jump and senior Will Oliver, who ran unattached, won the long jump and triple jump.

Sophomore Billy Ellis and freshman Jamil Peeples finished first and second in the 55 meter hurdles.

Sophomores Wil Norris and Luke Lindsley finished first and third in the 5,000 meter run.

“We want to be conference champions,” Turpen said.

“To do that, we need to keep going down this path and make sure to keep training hard and pushing each other.”

A-State won’t compete again until Jan. 17th in Lexington, Ky.


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