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A-State Caps Off Weekend At UAB, Southern Illinois

January 25, 2020

BIRMINGHAM, Ala./CARBONDALE, Ill. (1/25/20) – Arkansas State track and field closed out another strong weekend of action at the Green and Gold Invitational and the Don DeNoon Invitational on Saturday.

In total, A-State amassed 12 collegiate-best marks across the two days, as well as six season bests on Saturday. Three Red Wolves claimed the top spot in their respective events – Jermie Walker (200m), Briana Hardiman (400m) and Grace Flowers (shot put). The Red Wolves also tallied 11 top-three finishes on the day.

Flowers’ stellar season continued by winning the shot put in Carbondale, throwing 15.09m (49-6.25). Eron Carter placed fourth on the men’s side with a season-best 15.75m (51-8.25).

The day in Birmingham began with Matthew Keown clearing a season-best 4.74m (15-6.5) in the men’s pole vault that was won by former A-State All-American Michael Carr. Keown’s finish made him the top-placing collegian in the field. In the women’s pole vault, Callie Hicks placed third with a clearance of 3.83m (12-6.75) while Nada Buntic vaulted a personal-best 3.68m (12-0.75) to finish fourth.

Osereme Erewele posted a fifth-place finish in the women’s 60m that was won by another A-State alum, former NCAA champion Sharika Nelvis. In the 60m hurdles, Camryn Newton-Smith was the top collegian, earning a third-place finish with a time of 8.75.

Jermie Walker continued his strong season, nearly matching his collegiate best with a run of 21.71 to win the men’s 200m. Amari James placed second in the men’s 60m hurdles while Logan Simington earned a second-place finish in the men’s 5000m. Carter Shell also recorded a seasonal best in the long jump, leaping 6.99m (22-11.25).

The Red Wolves return to action Friday, Feb. 7, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the site of the 2020 NCAA Indoor Championships, competing in the New Mexico Collegiate Classic.

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WOMEN’S RESULTS (*denotes collegiate best; ^ denotes season best)
60m (Semifinals): Sharika Nelvis, 7.51Q
A-State: 5. Osereme Erewele, 7.67q; 6. Jaela Hollie, 7.71q; 7. Jonae Cook, 7.72q

60m (Finals): Sharika Nelvis, 7.41
A-State: 5. Osereme Erewele, 7.64; 6. Jonae Cook, 7.70; 7. Jaela Hollie, 7.77

400m: 1. Briana Hardiman, 56.34; 5. Kyndall Hudson, 58.64; 15. Blaique Webster, 1:01.25

60m Hurdles (Semis): Jocselyn Powell, 8.61Q
A-State: 4. Camryn Newton-Smith, 8.81q; 8. Alexis Woodall, 9.21q; 12. Rainee Bowers, 9.38

60m Hurdles (Final): Jocselyn Powell, 8.48Q
A-State: 3. Camryn Newton-Smith, 8.75 [top collegian]; 6. Alexis Woodall, 9.06

4x400m Relay: Middle Tennessee State, 3:50.52
A-State: 4. Arkansas State, 3:53.55^

High Jump: Saniel Atkinson-Grier, 1.71m (5-7.25)
A-State: 3. Sydney Lane, 1.66m (5-5.25); T4. Camryn Newton-Smith, 1.61m (5-3.25); T4. Megan Knowling, 1.61m (5-3.25); 7. Allie Hensley, 1.61m (5-3.25)

Pole Vault: Mackenzie Shell, 4.07m (13-4.25)
A-State: 3. Callie Hicks, 3.83m (12-6.75); 4. Nada Buntic, 3.68m (12-0.75)*

Long Jump: Tiffany Flynn, 6.27m (20-7.0)
A-State: 10. Johnaya Givens, 5.19m (17-0.5); 13. Imani Udoumana, 5.17m (16-11.5)*; 15. Arabriaun Mack, 5.07m (16-7.75)

MEN’S RESULTS (*denotes collegiate best; ^ denotes season best)
60m (Semis):
Benjamin Onyekwelu (Middle Tennessee State), 6.86 (Q)
A-State: 4. Courtney Thomas, 6.94q; 8. Chris Hill, 7.02q

60m (Final): Chris Felix (Jackson State), 6.89
A-State: 4. Courtney Thomas, 6.97; 5. Chris Hill, 6.98

200m: 1. Jermie Walker, 21.71

400m: Kyle Clemons, 47.16
A-State: 16. Darrian Lockett, 51.07; 27. Garrett Becker, 53.48

800m: Jacob Choge (Middle Tennessee State), 1:52.37 [Meet Record]
A-State: 5. Gregoire Saury, 1:58.86

5000m: Gatlin Holland, 15:32.56
A-State: 2. Logan Simington, 15:50.15

60m Hurdles (Final): Edward Williams, Jr. (Meridian CC), 8.16
A-State: 2. Amari James, 8.21

4x400m Relay: Jackson State, 3:15.98
A-State: 3. Arkansas State, 3:19.92

Pole Vault: Michael Carr, 5.35m (17-6.5)
A-State: 3. Matthew Keown, 4.74m (15-6.5)^

Long Jump: Michael Strong (New Orleans), 7.33m (24-0.75)
A-State: 5. Carter Shell, 6.99m (22-11.25)^; 6. Coleton Clifft, 6.93m (22-9.0); 16. Courtney Thomas, 3.91m (12-10.0)


WOMEN’S RESULTS (*denotes collegiate best; ^ denotes season best)
Shot Put: 1. Grace Flowers, 15.09m (49-6.25); 3. Evangelynn Harris, 14.30m (46-11.0); 9. Babette Vandeput, 13.28m (43-7.0); 12. Chastery Fuamatu, 12.26m (40-2.75)

MEN’S RESULTS (*denotes collegiate best; ^ denotes season best)
Shot Put: Josh Freeman, 20.56m (67-5.5)
A-State: 4. Eron Carter, 15.75m (51-8.25)^

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