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Red Wolves Begin Sun Belt Conference Indoor Championships With Strong Performances

February 18, 2019

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (2/18/19) – The Arkansas State track and field teams began competition at the 2019 Sun Belt Conference Indoor Championships with nine top-10 program bests among the highlights at the Birmingham CrossPlex.

The A-State men are third in the team standings with five events scored on day one. Louisiana leads the team standings with 41.5 points followed by Texas State (37), Arkansas State (28), Appalachian State (26), South Alabama (24.5) and UT Arlington (21). The A-State women are in sixth place in the team standings with five events scored on day one. Texas State (47) leads and is followed by South Alabama (37), Appalachian State (21), UT Arlington (21), Georgia State (15) and Arkansas State (14).

Carter Shell won the long jump setting a personal-best with a leap of 7.55m (24-9.25), the seventh-longest in program history. Michael Carr finished second by way of a jump off in the pole vault at 5.13m (16-10) while Matthew Keown was eighth at 4.68m (15-4.25). Eron Carter garnered four points for the A-State men’s team total with a fifth-place finish in the weight throw with a mark of 17.69m (58-0.50).

Grace Flowers secured five points for the women with a fourth-place finish in the weight throw at 17.77m (58-3.75). Camryn Newton-Smith added two points for the women with a seventh-place long jump of 5.74m (18-10). Freshmen Emma Nwofor and Sydney Lane combined to earn four points from the women’s high jump. Nwofor finished sixth at 1.73m (5-8), the eighth-best jump in program history, while Lane was eighth at 1.68m (5-6).

After four events of the heptathlon, A-State is in solid position with two Red Wolves in the top three. Coleton Cliff is second with 2,913 points while Hayden Hampton is third with 2,881 points. The heptathlon wraps up Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.

Senior Caitland Smith and freshman Osereme Erewele had record-setting days in the short sprints. Smith posted a season-best of 7.39 seconds, the third-fastest time in program history, to lead the qualifiers for Tuesday’s final in the 60-meter dash. Erewele qualified third with a time of 7.54 seconds, the fourth-fastest time in program history. In the 200-meter dash, Smith posted the second-fastest time in program history of 23.83 seconds to lead the qualifiers headed into the final. Erewele was fourth among those qualifiers at 24.69 seconds, the seventh-fastest time in program history.

Freshman Jermie Walker had the second-fastest qualifying times in both the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes. Walker was second among those qualifying for the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.68 seconds to rank as the seventh-fastest in program history. In the 400-meter dash, Walker posted a time of 48.29 seconds, just shy of the top-10 in program history.

Junior Emma Nwofor had the top qualifying time in the 60-meter hurdles with the second-fastest time in program history at 8.44 seconds. Three Red Wolves advanced in the 60-meter hurdles on the men’s side. Ke’Von Holder was fifth among the qualifiers at 8.24 seconds while Amari James (8.30) and Hayden Hampton (8.36) qualified for the final Tuesday in sixth and seventh, respectively.

The A-State men earned three spots in the 800-meter final Tuesday at 2:45 p.m. Heinrich Herbst won the first heat with a time of 1:54.00 to automatically qualify while Seth Waters (1:53.79) and Jacob Oury (1:54.48) qualified on time. Anaelle Charles used a late push to win heat three and enter tomorrow’s final with the second-fastest time. Charles won the third heat with a time of 2:12.73, the third-fastest time in program history, using the outside lanes to make her late surge. She will run in the final on Tuesday at 2:40 p.m.

A complete listing of results from competition is below with the schedule for each event on Tuesday included. The meet gets underway Tuesday with the completion of the heptathlon at 9:00 a.m. 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 Indoor Championships
Birmingham CrossPlex | Birmingham, Ala.

60m Dash:
Final: Tuesday 1:50 PM, Prelims: 6. Chris Hill – 6.88q, 10. Courtney Thomas – 6.93, 13. Christopher Carter – 7.02, 26. D’Kari Smith – 7.17
200m Dash: Final: Tuesday 3:05 PM, Prelims: 2. Jermie Walker – 21.68q (ranks 7th in program history), 10. Chris Hill – 22.05, 12. Christopher Carter – 22.35
400m Dash: Final: Tuesday 1:15 PM, Prelims: 2. Jermie Walker – 48.29q, 12. Darrian Lockett – 50.78, 15. K’Den Fortune-Johnson – 51.40, 16. Daidren Davis – 51.61
800m Run: Final: Tuesday 2:45 PM, Prelims: 3. Heinrich Herbst – 1:54.00Q, 5. Seth Waters – 1:53.79q, 8. Jacob Oury – 1:54.48q, 13. Alejandro Vargas – 1:56.14
Mile Run:
Tuesday 12:45 PM
3000m Run: 14. Bennett Pascoe – 8:57.11
5000m Run: Tuesday 3:40 PM
60m Hurdles: Final: Tuesday 2:05 PM, Prelims: 5. Ke’Von Holder – 8.24q, 6. Amari James – 8.30q, 7. Hayden Hampton – 8.36q, 11. Alex Strong – 8.72
4x400m Relay: Tuesday 4:15 PM
Distance Medley: 8. Arkansas State – 10:29.12 (Jallah Galimah, Darrian Lockett, Alejandro Vargas, Jacob Oury)
High Jump: Tuesday 3:00 PM
Pole Vault: 2. Michael Carr – 5.13m/16-10, 8. Matthew Keown – 4.68m/15-4.25
Long Jump: 1. Carter Shell – 7.55m/24-9.25 (ranks 7th in program history), 5. Courtney Thomas – 7.15m/23-5.50
Triple Jump: Tuesday 12:00 PM
Shot Put: Tuesday 1:00 PM
Weight Throw: 5. Eron Carter – 17.69m/58-00.50, 9. LeeRoi Johnson – 16.86m/55-03.75, 17. Jermaine Anderson – 15.43m/50-7.50, 18. Eric Williams – 15.33m/50-3.50
Heptathlon: Day 1 | 2. Coleton Clifft – 2,913 points, 3. Hayden Hampton – 2,881 points Day 2 | 9:00 AM Tuesday

60m Dash:
Final: Tuesday 1:45 PM, Prelims: 1. Caitland Smith – 7.39Q (ranks 3rd in program history), 3. Osereme Erewele – 7.54Q (ranks 4th in program history), 14. Jonae Cook – 7.73
200m Dash: Final: Tuesday 2:55 PM, Prelims: 1. Caitland Smith – 23.83q (ranks 2nd in program history), 4. Osereme Erewele – 24.69q (ranks 7th in program history), 13. Jonae Cook – 25.18
400m Dash: Final: Tuesday 1:00 PM, Prelims: 7. Briana Hardiman – 56.94q, 22. Gracee Damron – 58.60
800m Run: Final: Tuesday 2:40 PM, Prelims: 2. Anaelle Charles – 2:12.73Q (ranks 3rd in program history), 10. Andrea Perez – 2:15.55, 15. Pauline Meyer – 2:20.56
Mile Run: Tuesday 12:30 PM
3000m Run: 10. Madison Grimm – 10:30.54
5000m Run: Tuesday 3:15 PM
60m Hurdles: Final: Tuesday 2:00 PM, Prelims: 1. Emma Nwofor – 8.44Q (ranks 2nd in program history), 13. Camryn Newton-Smith – 8.83, 24. Kerra Williams – 9.35, 25. Imani Udoumana – 9.73
4x400m Relay: Tuesday 4:00 PM
Distance Medley: 6. Arkansas State – 12:15.12 (Sammy Brainard, Gracee Damron, Andrea Perez, Sophia Oury | ranks 6th in program history)
High Jump: 6. Emma Nwofor – 1.73m/5-8 (ranks 8th in program history), 8. Sydney Lane – 1.68m/5-6, 12. Nada Buntic – 1.63m/5-4.25
Pole Vault: Tuesday 1:30 PM
Long Jump: 7. Camryn Newton-Smith – 5.74m/18-10.00, 13. Osereme Erewele – 5.55m/18-2.50, 14. Johnaya Givens – 5.52m/18-1.50, 16. Arabriaun Mack – 5.49m/18-00.25
Triple Jump: Tuesday 2:30 PM
Shot Put: Tuesday 3:00 PM
Weight Throw: 4. Grace Flowers – 17.77m/58-3.75, 13. Hannah Higgins – 15.81m/51-10.50, 15. Evangelynn Harris – 15.54m/51-00.00
Pentathlon: Tuesday 9:20 AM

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