Red Wolves track and field dominate home competition
Published: Monday, January 27, 2014
Updated: Monday, January 27, 2014 22:01
A-State Track and Field dominated the Arkansas State Invitational on Friday with six event wins during the contest and a total of 16 top-three finishes.
Head coach Jim Patchell was pleased with how his team performed, but said there was room for improvement.
“We had some good and some bad,” Patchell said. “Certainly, we just came off of a long break, and it showed. We did have some good performances and I am pleased with those, but we will get the mistakes fixed.”
Senior hurdler Sharika Nelvis dominated the competition, winning both of her events in style. Her commanding performance in the 200 meter dash winning with a time of 24.09 seconds eclipsed her competition easily, in which the second place finisher only managed to put up 25.26 seconds. Nelvis proved why she was No. 2 in the NCAA for the hurdles when she blew away her competition posting a gaudy time of 7.72 seconds.
Coming in second behind Nelvis was sophomore Emenderlyn Iwuji, posting a mark of 8.16 seconds. Iwuji bounded past her competition in the triple jump, winning with a mark of 11.47 meters, and finished second in the long jump behind Nia Stewart of Southeastern Louisiana.
Junior distance runner Kristina Aubert barely edged out Kristin Parry (10:00.69) of South Alabama in the Women’s 3,000 meter run with a time of 9:59.22. Junior distance runner Tilda Helgesson finished just a few seconds later with a mark of 10:14.76 to round out the top five. Junior Rexi Parcells’ 5:00.43 fell just short of Cassar Brooke’s (UCA) 4:58.82 giving her the second place finish in the women’s one mile run.
The men also fared well during the contest. Sophomore Wil Norris finished second in the men’s 3,000 meter run with a time of 8:40.32, just shy of the 8:39.66 posted by Markus Pearson of UALR. Sophomore Billy Ellis finished third in the Men’s 55 meter Hurdles with a mark of 7.71.
Senior thrower Richard Chavez flexed his muscles with a commanding performance in the Men’s Shot Put, heaving the ball 19.98 meters, compared to Southeastern Louisiana’s Jeff Milliron’s 17.48 meter throw which landed him in second place.
Senior jumper Daniel Kashef squeaked past his competition with a 2.13 meter High Jump, rounding out the Arkansas State victories.
“We are where we thought we would be,” Patchell said. “As a team, we need to get a little bit tougher and get back in shape,” Patchell said. “Practice isn’t going to be pleasant for these next few weeks. But that’s something you just have to do. You have to be conditioned to perform and that’s our job as coaches to get them there.”
The Red Wolves move into the heart of the indoor track season as they head to the Indiana Relays Jan. 31-Feb. 1, in Bloomington, Ind. The season will conclude the March 14 and 15 with the Indoor Championships. The outdoor season will begin at Ole Miss on March 21.