NASHVILLE, Tenn./PITTSBURG, Kan. (2/11/23) – Arkansas State track and field’s final tune-up ahead of the conference championships came to a close Saturday with several outstanding performances at the Music City Challenge and Indoor Gorilla Classic.
The weekend as a whole saw 20 total career-best marks, including 13 achieved on Saturday. A-State athletes recorded five event titles – two on Saturday.
Bradley Jelmert claimed the men’s pole vault, clearing a career-best 5.46m (17-11) to move up to fourth in school history, while Trace South vaulted a season-best 4.82m (15-10).
Jonae Cook continued her stellar season on the straightaway, winning the 60 meters at Vanderbilt with a time of 7.38. Freshman Myles Thomas set a pair of bests en route to a runner-up finish in the men’s event, running a blistering 6.67 in the final to improve to second all-time.
Hannes Fahl improved to third in program history in the mile, placing ninth with a time of 4:08.04, while Grayson Young finished in 4:12.40 to rank eighth all-time. Kayla Wade placed fifth in the women’s mile with a time of 4:56.01, a mark that is fifth in A-State indoor history. Maggie Hunter joined her with a personal best, running 5:14.97.
Cheyenne Melvin clocked a season-best 800 meters time of 2:09.48 at Vanderbilt, while Rahel Broemmel finished in 2:14.20, ranking seventh in program history. Freshman Cadence Lapp registered a collegiate-best mark in the 800 meters at Pitt State, finishing in 2:19.88.
The men’s 3000 meters saw a pair of bests, with Cash Kunkel moving to seventh in school history in the event with a time of 8:23.93. Dawson Mayberry finished in 8:27.93 to eclipse his previous best. Sarah Trammel logged a season-best time in the women’s section, crossing in 9:57.06.
In the women’s shot put, Selase Sampram hurled a career-best 15.23m (49-11.75) to place fourth.
Sydney Lane matched her season best in the women’s high jump, placing third with a clearance of 1.68m (5-6.25).
The Red Wolves now look to the 2023 Sun Belt Conference Indoor Championships, held Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 20-21, at the Birmingham Crossplex in Birmingham, Ala. Both days of competition will be broadcasted live on ESPN+.
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