BIRMINGHAM, Ala./COLUMBIA, Mo. (1/17/20) – Split between two meets, the Arkansas State track and field team continued its strong start to the 2019-20 season on Friday at the Missouri Intercollegiate and Samford Invitational.
In total, A-State athletes amassed 20 collegiate bests, which marks the second time in three weekends of competition that the Red Wolves have tallied 20 or more personal-best marks. Arkansas State athletes also tallied a total of 36 top-five finishes that included 25 placements inside the top three of each event. Four athletes claimed the top spot in their events, including a men’s and women’s sweep in the 200m at Samford.
Briana Hardiman entered the top 10 in the A-State indoor record books in two events on Friday, clocking a 60m time of 7.69 and following that up with a mark of 24.77 to win the 200m. Both times rank ninth in program history. In the men’s 200m, Chris Hill claimed the crown with a mark of 22.18.
Bennett Pascoe continued his strong season in the mile at Samford, posting a time of 4:09.31 that ranks second in A-State indoor history and stood as the eighth-fastest mile time in the NCAA at the time. Even more impressively, Pascoe was one three Red Wolves to crack the A-State top five in the mile. Gregoire Saury’s 4:12.08 in his indoor debut ranks third all-time, while Seth Waters posted a collegiate-best 4:12.30 to move up to fourth all-time at Arkansas State.
On the women’s side, Pauline Meyer placed eighth with a collegiate-best 4:59.43 in her first race after finishing as the 2019 Sun Belt Conference Cross Country runner-up. McKenzie Cornell also cracked the top 10 in program history, running a personal-best 5:06.49.
A week after running one of the top 10 times in program history in the 5000m, Sophie Leathers posted the seventh-fastest 3000m in school history, placing second in 10:06.63.
In the men’s long jump at Samford, Courtney Thomas highlighted a 1-2-3 finish for the Red Wolves with a season-best leap of 7.15m (23-5.5). Coleton Clifft jumped 6.96m (22-10.0) to place second while Outdoor All-American Carter Shell posted a mark 6.91m (22-8.0) to finish third in his 2019-20 debut. Shell also placed third in the triple jump with a mark of 13.90m (45-7.25).
At the Missouri Intercollegiate, A-State athletes saw personal bests achieved in the throws as well as the vertical jumps. In the high jump, Allie Hensley, Sydney Lane and Megan Knowling each posted heights of 1.72m (5-7.75) to set personal bests in that event, placing second, third and fourth respectively. Lauren Beauchamp and Nada Buntic also had solid performances in the pole vault, placing first and third.
Reigning Sun Belt Women’s Field Athlete of the Week Grace Flowers enjoyed a personal-best day in the weight throw, placing second with a throw of 18.97m (62-3.0). Evangelynn Harris placed second in the shot put on Friday, hurling a personal-best 14.96m (49-1.0).
The Red Wolves return to action in Birmingham on Friday, Jan. 24, at the Green and Gold Invitational, held at the Birmingham CrossPlex – the site of the 2020 Sun Belt Indoor Championships.
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A-STATE AT THE SAMFORD INVITATIONAL
WOMEN’S RESULTS (*denotes collegiate best; ^ denotes season best)
60m (Prelims): Daija Lampkin (Alabama), 7.57Q
A-State: 2. Osereme Erewele, 7.68Q; 4. Jaela Hollie, 7.83Q; 6. Briana Hardiman, 7.75q; 7. Jonae Cook, 7.78q; 12. Kerra Williams, 7.98; 13. Alexis Woodall, 8.00*; 16. Blaique Webster, 8.08
800m: Diamond Griffin (Alabama A&M), 2:16.41
A-State: 11. Kayla Wade, 2:26.09*
Mile: McKenzie Hogue (Samford), 4:49.55
A-State: 8. Pauline Meyer, 4:59.43*; 13. Sammy Brainard, 5:06.43; 14. McKenzie Cornell, 5:06.49* [#8 in school history]; 25. Emily Efurd, 5:24.43*; 29. Heidi Hauptman, 5:32.70; 30. JeLynn Tatum, 5:38.92
3000m: Lotte Meyberg (Georgia State), 9:44.96
A-State: 2. Sophie Leathers, 10:06.63* [#7 in school history]; 7. Elizabeth Martin, 10:23.95; 8. Sarah Trammel, 10:24.07; 11. Madison Grimm, 10:35.57; 19. Hannah Shelby, 11:22.58; 20. Megan Adams, 11:38.10; 23. Jessica Weiss, 11:55.49
Long Jump: Hanna-Mai Vaikla (South Alabama), 5.70m (18-8.5)
A-State: 3. Osereme Erewele, 5.48m (17-11.75)^; 6. Arabriaun Mack, 5.35m (17-6.75)^; 13. Johnaya Givens, 4.86m (15-11.5); 14. Jaela Hollie, 4.83m (15-10.25)
Mile: Eliud Kipsang, 4:04.40
A-State: 3. Bennett Pascoe, 4:09.31* [#2 in school history]; 7. Gregoire Saury, 4:12.08 [#3 in school history]; 8. Seth Waters, 4:12.30* [#4 in school history]; 12. Alejandro Vargas, 4:31.52^; 13. Jacob Oury, 4:39.69
60m Hurdles (Prelims): Robert Dunning (Alabama), 7.79Q
A-State: 4. Amari James, 8.35; 6. Ke’Von Holder, 8.68
60m Hurdles (Final): Robert Dunning (Alabama), 7.75
A-State: 4. Ke’Von Holder, 8.08q; 5. Amari James, 8.26q
Triple Jump: Christian Edwards (Alabama), 15.72m (51-7.0)
A-State: 3. Carter Shell, 13.90m (45-7.25)
A-STATE AT THE MISSOURI INTERCOLLEGIATE
WOMEN’S RESULTS (*denotes collegiate best; ^ denotes season best)
60m (Prelims): Leanza Dwaah (SEMO), 7.78Q
A-State: 15. Allie Hensley, 8.22
High Jump: Karissa Roman (Missouri), 1.77m (5-9.75)
A-State: 2. Allie Hensley, 1.72m (5-7.75)*; 3. Sydney Lane, 1.72m (5-7.75)*; 4. Megan Knowling, 1.72m (5-7.75)*; Canaan Richardson, NH; Camryn Newton-Smith, NH; Nada Buntic, NH
Triple Jump: Arianna Fisher (Missouri), 12.68m (41-7.25)
A-State: 10. Megan Knowling, 10.77m (35-4.0)
Shot Put: Emily Stauffer (Missouri), 15.28m (50-1.75)
A-State: 2. Evangelynn Harris, 14.96m (49-1.0)*; 4. Grace Flowers, 14.36m (47-1.5); 8. Babette Vandeput, 13.29m (43-7.25); 9. Chastery Fuamatu, 13.12m (43-0.5)*; 13. Allie Hensley, 11.29m (37-0.5)*
Weight Throw: Jordan McClendon (Missouri), 20.10m (65-11.5)
A-State: 2. Grace Flowers, 18.97m (62-3.0)*; 5. Chastery Fuamatu, 17.42m (57-2.0); 12. Evangelynn Harris, 15.26m (50-0.75)^; 14. Hannah Higgins, 14.77m (48-5.5)
MEN’S RESULTS (*denotes collegiate best; ^ denotes season best)
60m Hurdles (Prelims): Russell Mitchell (Fort Scott CC), 8.40Q
A-State: 12. Ty Graser, 9.00
Pole Vault: Mike Vani, 5.37m (17-7.25)
A-State: 2. Ty Graser, 4.60m (15-1.0)
Weight Throw: Logan Blomquist (SEMO), 19.34m (63-5.5)
A-State: 2. Eron Carter, 17.95m (58-10.75)
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