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    Red Wolves Rack Up SBC Indoor Track and Field Accolades

    May 27, 2022

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    JONESBORO, Ark. (3/8/22) – Fresh off its third consecutive sweep of the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, Arkansas State racked up in conference postseason awards, the league office announced Tuesday.

    A-State Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Jim Patchell earned his 14th and 15th Sun Belt Coach of the Year honors, sweeping the men’s and women’s laurels. By leading the Red Wolves to the indoor sweep, he became the program’s all-time winningest coach, capturing his 19th and 20th conference crowns to pass Jay Flanagan.

    Shell FAOY

    Carter Shell took Men’s Field Performer of the Year honors after becoming A-State’s first athlete to win the horizontal jumps double, claiming both the long and triple jumps. Shell is the first A-State jumper to take gold in both events indoor/outdoor combined since Roelf Pienaar did so in 2016 outdoors.

    Shell logged personal-best marks in both events, including an indoor-best 7.79 (25-6.75) to defend his indoor crown in the long jump and 15.30m (50-2.5) in the triple jump. He is the program’s first to earn the postseason honor since Pienaar in 2016.

    Coertzen FOY

    Thrower Willem Coertzen capped off a strong debut indoor season with his best performance at the championship meet, earning silver in the men’s shot put. The South African rookie hurled the implement 17.00m (55-9.25), which ranks eighth in A-State indoor history.

    In the 2022 Indoor All-Sun Belt Conference honors, 29 Red Wolves earned spots on the three-team list – 17 men, 12 women. The first, second and third teams are determined based on an athlete’s highest podium finish at the championships. Both Shell and Bennett Pascoe earned first-team honors, while 14 combined athletes achieved a spot on the second team. Thirteen athletes earned third-team distinction for bronze-medal finishes.  


    A-State begins its 2022 outdoor season on the Bayou, traveling south to Lafayette, La., for the Louisiana Classics, held March 18-19 at the Ragin’ Cajuns Soccer/Track Facility.


    For the latest on the A-State track and field program, follow @AStateTrack on Twitter and @Arkansas_State_Track on Instagram, while also liking the team’s Facebook page at


    Men’s Track Performer of the Year: Kirami Yego, South Alabama
    Men’s Field Performer of the Year: Carter Shell, Arkansas State
    Men’s Freshman of the Year: Willem Coertzen, Arkansas State
    Men’s Newcomer of the Year: Brian West, Texas State
    Men’s Coach of the Year: Jim Patchell, Arkansas State

    Women’s Track Performer of the Year: Melissa Jefferson, Coastal Carolina
    Women’s Field Performer of the Year: Alyssa Wilson, Texas State
    Women’s Freshman of the Year: Iyana Gray, UTA
    Women’s Newcomer of the Year: Sophie Daigle, Louisiana
    Women’s Coach of the Year: Jim Patchell, Arkansas State


    Men (2)

    Bennett Pascoe
    Carter Shell

    Men (7)

    Willem Coertzen
    Bradley Jelmert
    Frank Massey
    Aimar Palma Simo
    Jacob Pyeatt
    Courtney Thomas
    Seth Waters

    Women (7)
    Rainee Bowers
    Namibia Clavier
    Sophie Leathers
    Marina McDonough
    Cheyenne Melvin
    Camryn Newton-Smith
    Sophia Oury

    Men (8)

    Kobey Hill
    Handre Jonker
    Darrian Lockett
    Steffan Mallory
    Brady Pascoe
    Alejandro Vargas
    Omari Walker
    Coleman Wilson

    Women (5)
    Lauren Beauchamp
    Chastery Fuamatu
    Evangelynn Harris
    Elizabeth Martin
    Sarah Trammel

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