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A-State Hosts Sun Belt Outdoor Track & Field Championships This Weekend

May 9, 2019

JONESBORO, Ark. (5/9/19) – This weekend the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships comes to Arkansas State starting on Friday and ending Sunday evening at the A-State Track & Field Complex.  

The A-State men look to repeat as Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Champions while the A-State women look to avenge a one-point setback to women’s outdoor champion Texas State last season. Both the A-State men and women finished second at the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Championships earlier this season. This is the first time A-State has hosted the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships and the first outdoor championships hosted on the Arkansas State campus since the 1989 American South Championships.

The Red Wolves enter the meet with a combined 54 marks this season in scoring position (top eight) on the Sun Belt Conference performance list. The A-State women have 30 marks inside the top-eight, including four atop the standings, while the men have 24.

Caitland Smith, reigning SBC 100-meter dash champion, leads the performance list entering the weekend at 11.25 seconds and is second in the 200-meter dash at 23.27 seconds. Smith is joined by freshmen Osereme Erewele (5th | 11.72) and Jonae Cook (8th | 11.93) in the 100-meter dash standings while Erewele is also ranked fifth in the 200-meter dash at 24.03 seconds. The 4×100-meter relay squad has the top time among Sun Belt Conference schools this season with a school record time of 45.13 seconds posted back on April 5 in Georgia.

Multi-event specialist Emma Nwofor will have a busy weekend as she has the second-highest point total in the heptathlon (5,361) while leading her peers in the 100-meter hurdles (13.53), fourth in long jump (6.12m/20-1) and fifth in high jump (1.75m/5-8.75). Sarah Michael leads the field in the pole vault after clearing 3.93m (12-10.75) at the Red Wolves Open in late April. Babette Vandeput has the top discus throw in the league thus far at 51.14m (167-9) and Grace Flowers (2nd | 48.85m/160-3), Evangelynn Harris (3rd |46.92m/153-11) and Hannah Higgins (5th | 45.74m/150-1) give the Red Wolves four of the top five in the event.

While the A-State men do not have an individual leading the performance list, the Red Wolves boast four second-place marks and three third-place rankings. Freshman Frank Massey ranks second in the high jump (2.12m/7-0.50), Michael Carr is second in the pole vault (5.43m/17-9.75), Carter Shell is second in long jump (7.59m/24-11) and Eron Carter is second in discus throw (52.75m/173-1). Heinrich Herbst ranks third in the 800-meter run (1:52.24), Courtney Thomas is third in the long jump (7.53m/24-8.50) and Eric Williams is third in the shot put (16.78m/55-0.75).

Adult all-session tickets are $25 while youth (ages 3-12) all-session tickets are $15. Adult single day tickets are $15 with youth (ages 3-12) single day tickets $8. Students with a valid Sun Belt Conference school ID and children under age of three will receive free admission. A ticket is required for re-entry. Tickets may be purchased by calling 870-972-2781, visiting the central box office at the lower red entrance of First National Bank Arena or online here.

Fans attending the championships are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. Tickets will be scanned or purchased on Red Wolf Trail, underneath Marion Berry Parkway, with general parking available east of the facility toward the intramural and rugby fields. Overflow parking will be available at lot NW-1D, off Marion Berry Parkway and Aggie Road.

Live streaming of the 2019 Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Championships will be available on ESPN+ each day. The broadcast begins at 6:30 p.m. (CT) on Friday, 4:30 p.m. (CT) on Saturday and 4:00 p.m. (CT) on Sunday. Live results will be available via Full event-by-event schedule is below.

For the latest on the A-State track and field, log onto the team’s Facebook page at or follow the team on Twitter or Instagram at @AStateTrack.

Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Championships
A-State Track & Field Complex | Jonesboro, Ark.

100m Dash:
(Prelims) Saturday 6:45 PM, (Finals) Sunday 5:15 PM
200m Dash: (Prelims) Friday 7:45 PM, (Finals) Sunday 6:00 PM
400m Dash: (Prelims) Saturday 6:15 PM, (Finals) Sunday 5:00 PM
800m Run: (Prelims) Saturday 7:15 PM, (Finals) Sunday 5:30 PM
1500m Run:
(Prelims) Friday 6:50 PM, (Finals) Sunday 4:20 PM
5000m Run: Sunday 6:30 PM
10000m Run: Friday 8:45 PM
110m Hurdles: (Prelims) Saturday 5:45 PM, (Finals) Sunday 4:45 PM
400m Hurdles: (Prelims) Friday 7:25 PM, (Finals) Sunday 5:45 PM
3000m Steeplechase: Saturday 7:30 PM
4x100m Relay:
Sunday 4:05 PM
4x400m Relay:
Sunday 7:00 PM
High Jump: Sunday 4:00 PM
Pole Vault: Sunday 12:00 PM
Long Jump: Saturday 3:00 PM
Triple Jump: Sunday 12:30 PM
Shot Put: Saturday 3:30 PM
Discus Throw:  Sunday 2:00 PM
Hammer Throw: Friday 12:30 PM
Javelin Throw: Friday 4:30 PM
Decathlon: Day 1 – Friday 9:00 AM, Day 2 – Saturday 9:00 AM

100m Dash:
(Prelims) Saturday 6:30 PM, (Finals) Sunday 5:10 PM
200m Dash: (Prelims) Friday 7:40 PM, (Finals) Sunday 5:55 PM
400m Dash: (Prelims) Saturday 6:00 PM, (Finals) Sunday 4:55 PM
800m Run: (Prelims) Saturday 7:00 PM, (Finals) Sunday 5:25 PM
1500m Run:
(Prelims) Friday 6:40 PM, (Finals) Sunday 4:15 PM
5000m Run: Sunday 6:10 PM
10000m Run: Friday 8:00 PM
100m Hurdles: (Prelims) Saturday 5:30 PM, (Finals) Sunday 4:40 PM
400m Hurdles: (Prelims) Friday 7:10 PM, (Finals) Sunday 5:40 PM
3000m Steeplechase: Saturday 7:30 PM
4x100m Relay:
Sunday 4:00 PM
4x400m Relay:
Sunday 6:55 PM
High Jump: Saturday 3:00 PM
Pole Vault: Friday 4:30 PM
Long Jump: Saturday 12:30 PM
Triple Jump: Sunday 3:00 PM
Shot Put: Saturday 1:00 PM
Discus Throw: Sunday 11:30 AM
Hammer Throw: Friday 10:00 AM
Javelin Throw: Friday 2:00 PM
Heptathlon: Day 1 – Friday 9:30 AM, Day 2 – Saturday 9:30 AM

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