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Nelvis and Chavez Set Records as A-State Opens Indoor...
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JONESBORO, Ark. (12/1/13) — The Arkansas State indoor track and field team opened up its season Sunday afternoon by claiming 15 first-place finishes in the ASU Kickoff Klassic at the Convocation Center. Sharika Nelvis set school, Kickoff Klassic, and Convocation Center records in the women’s 55-meter dash while Richard Chavez set an A-State record in the men’s shot put.

In the women’s 55-meter dash, Nelvis broke her own school, Kickoff Klassic, and Convocation Center records with a time of 6.78, which bested her 6.86 mark from last season. Nelvis wasn’t finished there as she also claimed the women’s 55-meter hurdles title with a time of 7.79. A-State’s Emenderlyn Iwuji finished second to Nelvis in the hurdles with a time of 8.12 and Shalynn Cyprien earned a fifth place finish by recording a mark of 8.40.

Chavez set the school record with a throw of 20.06m in the men’s shot put, while teammates Chris Nicasio (15.84m), Brandon Lombardino (15.72m), and Tyler Lingo (15.71m) rounded out the top four in the event. Chavez also finished second in the men’s weight throw with a toss of 18.11m, while Nicasio claimed the top spot with a throw of 18.50m. Lingo finished third with a throw of 15.85m and Lombardino was fourth with a distance of 14.86m.

“We were real pleased with this meet and we always want to use this meet as a gauge for how well we’ve done with our fall training,” A-State head coach Jim Patchell said. “We wound up having two national qualifiers with Sharika and Richie. We also had several personal records and several race wins so it was a good meet for us.”

Arkansas State claimed the top two spots in the women’s one mile run with Heather Newberry passing teammate Brianne Murphy on the last lap to record a time of 5:26.13 for the win, while Murphy’s time of 5:28.03 was good for second...

The Red Wolves dominated the women’s 3000-meter run by earning the top four spots in the event. Rexi Parcells won the event with a time of 10:06.69, while Tilda Helgesson finished second with a time of 10:17.25. Abbey Dixon (10:30.58) and Bailey Sisson-Eller (10:52.42) finished in third and fourth place respectively.

In the women’s distance medley, the Arkansas State “A” team of Parcells, Kristi Houck, Murphy, and Lindsay Mills finished in first place with a time of 13:10.10. The A-State “C” team of Dixon, Heather Hammett, Ashleigh Price, and Sisson-Eller took second with a time of 13:13.43 and the Red Wolves’ “B” team of Helgesson, Zoie Wilson, Newberry, and Chelsey Roberson were third with a mark of 13:26.58...

The Red Wolves return to action Jan. 17-18 at the Kentucky Invitational in Lexington, Ky.

Women Claim Sun Belt X-Country Title, Men Place Fourth
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TROY, Ala. (11/2/13) – The 2013 Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Cross Country Championships will go down in the record books as one of the best for Arkansas State University as the women’s team won their first-ever conference title and the men’s squad tied for the program’s highest finish at this Saturday’s (Nov. 2) conference meet in Troy, Ala.

The A-State women’s team turned in its best SBC Championships performance as the Red Wolves compiled a first-place 50 points on the 5K Trojan Oaks course to finish 12 points in front of runner-up Texas-Arlington in the 10-team meet.

“I’m extremely proud of our women’s team for their outstanding performance today in winning the Sun Belt Conference Championship,” said A-State head coach Jim Patchell. “I’m equally proud of our men’s team who fought hard and finished at the highest placing ever in the history of the program. I also want to congratulate Coach (Kyle) Chandler for receiving the conference coach of the year honors. He does a great job with our cross country program as evidenced by our continued improvement culminating with today’s championship.”

Arkansas State can also boast of having its first-ever individual conference champion as redshirt junior Kristina Aubert crossed the finish line in a time of 17:28.2 to place 19 seconds ahead of the field. Aubert, a three-time SBC Runner of the Week selection this fall, received first-team all-conference laurels for the second consecutive season.

Junior Rexi Parcells captured sixth place by running an 18:23.0 time while sophomore Abbey Dixon ran an 18:41.2 time to earn 11th-place honors. Junior Tilda Helgesson would finish two places behind Dixon in the 13th spot as a result of her personal season-best 18:44.2 time. Junior Heather Newberry placed 19th with a time of 19:02.3 to round out the scoring for Arkansas State as the first five runners from each team to finish receive points. With her finish, Parcells was a repeat all-league second-team honoree while Dixon along with Helgesson attained third-team all-conference accolades...

The NCAA Division I South Central Regional Championship, which will be held Friday, Nov. 15 in Waco, Texas, is next on the docket for Arkansas State.

Track Wins a Combined 16 Day-Two Red Wolves Open Events
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JONESBORO, Ark. (4/27/13) – A combined 16 first-place performances were recorded by the Arkansas State University men’s and women’s outdoor track & field teams at this Saturday’s (April 27) second annual Red Wolves Open, which was held at the ASU Track and Facility Complex in Jonesboro, Ark...

On the women’s side, Arkansas accumulated seven first-place performances. Junior Sharika Nelvis posted the meet’s top times in both the 100-meter dash and the 100-meter hurdles. Nelvis dashed to a first-place 11.71 time in the 100 meters before establishing a new meet record in the 100-meter hurdles at 13.43, bettering her 2012 meet time of 13.43. Freshman Emenderlyn Iwuji would finish behind Nelvis in second with a 14.39 100-meter hurdles time, but did outperform all competitors in the triple jump with a lap of 39-00.25/11.89m. Her jump also shattered the ASU Red Wolves Open previous best of 38-06.59/11.75m. Senior Jamie Curry’s 38-04.75/11.70m triple jump distance was good for runner-up honors.

Senior Stephanie Foreman captured first place in the pole vault and established a new meet record by clearing the bar at 13-03.50/4.05m, exceeding the heighth of 12-09.54/3.90 in last season’s inaugural ASU Red Wolves Open (4/28). Senior Julia Agawu earned top placing in the discus event for the second consecutive meet to date as she tallied a toss of 162-08.75/49.60m. Junior Kim Ludick-Raath garnered second place in the shot put with a personal record 47-07.25/14.51m effort, surpassing her 46-06.25/14.18m throw set at the LSU Relays last month (3/22). Sophomore Savannah Hutchinson led the Red Wolves in the long jump with a second-place 18-05.26/5.62m distance. Senior LaKeitha Minter earned a share of third place in the high jump at 5-00.25/1.53 and freshman Macey Rodely would generate a 103-10.84/31.67 throw in the javelin to receive third-place laurels. Emenderlyn Iwuji would post a third-place jump of 18-01.71/5.53 in the long jump to go along with her first and second-place performances...

Arkansas State is now idle until May 10-12 when the Red Wolves compete in the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Championships in Miramar, Fla., with FIU serving as the conference meet host.

2013 ASU Red Wolves Open – Day 2
Women’s Results
1,500-Meter Run 800-Meter Run
1. Samantha Salinas, 4:43.29 3. Heather Newberry, 2:19.37
2. Kristina Aubert, 4:44.15 9. Heather Hammett, 2:32.37
7. Heather Hammett, 5:02.67 12. Ashleigh Price, 2:44.66
9. Rexi Parcells, 5:06.32  
10. Bailey Sisson, 5:06.51  
15. Ashleigh Price, 5:26.13  

ASU Cross Country Earns SBC’s Team Academic Awards
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JONESBORO, Ark. (11/1/12) – The Arkansas State University men’s and women’s cross country teams have not only attained a high level of success in competition, but more importantly in the classroom as the 2011-12 squads recently received the Sun Belt Conference’s (SBC) Team Academic Award in their respective sport.

Both 2011-12 A-State men’s and women’s squad were recognized for their academic excellence during last Friday’s (Oct. 26) 2012 Sun Belt Conference Cross Country Championships Banquet, which was held in Bowling Green, Ky. The women posted a 3.62 team grade point average (gpa) while the men registered a 3.24 team gpa for the 2011-12 academic year.

“I’m very proud of our men’s and women’s cross country teams both receiving team gpa awards,” said ASU coach Jim Patchell. “These young men and women are a true representation of what it means to be a student-athlete as indicated by their performance on the track and trails as well as in the classroom.”

The Sun Belt Conference Academic Team Award recipients were determined though the results of quality points earned by all members of each team. The points were then added up and divided by the number of individuals associated with their particular team. The “true” gpa is then compared to all other SBC teams in order to determine the men’ s and women’s squads with the highest team average.

“I highly value the efforts of our cross country student-athletes in doing well in the classroom,” said Red Wolves’ coach Kyle Chandler, who is also a full-time professor at ASU. “It’s great to have both teams win awards for the highest team GPA’s among the Sun Belt Conference schools. This year’s conference academic award shows a continuance of our program’s commitment to the classroom and provides a firm foundation upon which the cross country student-athletes can build as they depart A-State into the workforce.”

The A-State cross country program is certainly no stranger to performing at a high academic level as the 2010 women’s team boasted the nation’s second-highest gpa at 3.70 while also earning U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I All-Academic Team accolades.

2012 Women's XC Achieves Highest Regional Ranking
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JONESBORO, Ark. (10/30/12) – The 2012 Arkansas State University women’s cross country team has accomplished a feat no other previous ASU squad was able to in the program’s history as the Red Wolves achieved their highest-ever NCAA Division I Regional Ranking.

Arkansas State moved up one place into ninth in the latest and sixth installment of the 2012 NCAA-I South Central Region Rankings as released this Monday (Oct. 29). The Red Wolves previously occupied the 10th-place position in the Oct. 15th NCAA South Central Region Rankings, which are administered through the United States Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Presently, A-State’s ninth-place standing is one spot behind Baylor and one placing in front of 10th-place Rice among the 15 teams listed the NCAA South Central Region poll. Arkansas, Texas, SMU, LSU, and Texas A&M comprise the top five in that particular order.

“We are most pleased with the steady progress of the women’s cross country team throughout this season and were excited about their strong conference finish,” said ASU coach Kyle Chandler. “We look forward with anticipation for the upcoming NCAA (South Central) Regional meet and it’s always gratifying to be recognized by one’s peers has having a quality program.”

ASU, which turned in the program’s best performance ever at the Sun Belt Conference Cross Country Championships this past Saturday (Sept. 27) in Bowling Green, Ky., as the Red Wolves accumulated a second-place 58-points total with four A-State runners being among the first 11 individuals to cross the finish line.

The Red Wolves will now make preparations to compete in the 2012 NCAA South Regional Championships, which are scheduled for Nov. 9 at Agri Park in Fayetteville, Ark.

ASU Women Second, Men Ninth at SBC Championships
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JONESBORO, Ark. (10/27/12) – The Arkansas State University women’s and men’s cross country teams each turned in one of their best showings at this Saturday’s (Oct. 27) 2012 Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Championships in Bowling Green, Ky.

The A-State women, who are presently ranked 10th in the South Central Region, finished a program all-time highest second place among the 12 conference participants with 58 points and only were six points in back of Georgia State’s first-place 52 points output. The Red Wolves’ noteworthy league meet performance in the 5K event at Kereiakes Park was a result of having four runners place within the top 11 individual finishers.

ASU sophomore Kristina Aubert earned All-SBC First-Team laurels by claiming third place overall with a 17:51.5 time and was only 10 seconds off from matching Georgia State Katharine Showalter’s conference-meet winning 17:41.1 time.

Sophomore Rexi Parcells and freshman Abbey Dixon placed eighth and 10th respectively to attain second-team all-conference accolades. Parcells clocked a time of 18:24.4 while Dixon crossed the finish line in a time of a personal season-best 18:27.5. Senior Sam Salinas, who posted a squad-best 14th-place 18:43 time at the 2011 SBC Championships (10/29), came in 11th as a result of producing an 18:32.0 time. For her efforts, Salinas garnered third-team all-conference kudos. Sophomore Tilda Helgesson placed 26th for the Red Wolves with a 19:13.2 time while sophomore Chelsey Roberson wound up 37th (19:39.0) and sophomore Heather Hammett took 50th place (20:02.0). Junior Bailey Sisson tallied a 20:54.2 time to garner 65th place in the 83-runner field.

“We are well pleased with the women’s runner-up finish since it’s our highest placing ever in the conference and we even had a key runner missing due to sickness,” said ASU coach Kyle Chandler. “This is the fourth consecutive year with which the women have finished in the top half at the conference meet. Six of our eight women who competed had run on this course previously and all but one ran a personal course record. That’s a significant accomplishment for each of these women...”

Women's X-C Shines at Greater Louisville Classic
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (9/29/12) — The Arkansas State University women's cross country team turned in a solid performance against several nationally and over two dozen regionally-ranked teams Saturday (Sept. 29) as the Red Wolves placed 20th in the 11th annual Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic.

The Red Wolves, who posted an average 18:17 time on the muddy 5K course at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park, outperformed a number of NCAA Division I regionally-ranked teams such as Georgia Tech, Auburn, Marquette, Belmont, and Lipscomb. The meet featured 116 women's teams and 944 individual competitors.

Leading the way for A-State was sophomore Kristina Aubert, who completed the course in a season-leading 17:35.88 time to place 47th overall. Senior Sam Salinas posted a personal season-best time of 18:12.38 to earn 124th place while sophomore Rexi Parcells clocked a 18:13.37 to garner a 131st placing...

Rounding out ASU's scoring were freshman Abbey Dixon and sophomore Heather Newberry. Dixon ran an 18:27.92 time to receive 168th-place honors while Newberry finished 201st as a result of running a time of 18.59.94.

A-State also had three other individuals - sophomore Tilda Helgesson (19:09.34; 211th), sophomore Chelsey Roberson (20:08.46; 252nd), and junior Bailey Sisson (20:37.44; 260th) competing.

Sophomore Heather Hammett competed at the 5K Rhodes College Invitational in Memphis, Tenn., where she placed 12th with a 19.40 time. Senior Lyndsey Patterson ran a 23rd-place 20:08 time. Freshman Riley Hancock notched a 20:25 time to post a 34th-place showing and frosh Ashleigh Price was 86th by tallying a 22:31 time.

"I really thought the women ran very well and did a nice job of focusing throughout the race," said ASU coach Kyle Chandler. "The opportunity to line up and compete against top caliber national competition does a great deal to instill confidence in the women's team.

"In addition to those who competed in Louisville, we also had some nice performances from our women at the Rhodes Invite. The depth we have developed over the last couple years is really starting to show and I think the team is really excited for our last regular-season meet at Chile Pepper as well as the Sun Belt Conference and (NCAA) regionals," added Chandler.

Both the A-State men's and women's cross country teams return to action Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, Ark. The men's squad will participate in a 10K run while the women's team competes in the 6K event.

ASU Track and Field Adds 25 for 2012-13 Season
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JONESBORO, Ark. (9/10/12) – Arkansas State head track and field coach Jim Patchell has announced the addition of 25 student-athletes to that will compete for the Red Wolves during the 2012-12 track and field season.

Of the 25 student-athletes 10 will be joining the men’s team and 15 will be added to the women’s roster. The Red Wolves return two All-Americans to the team as well, including sprinter Sharika Nelvis and pole vaulter Stephanie Foreman.

“We are excited about the depth and quality of both the men’s and women’s classes,” Patchell said. “We believe this class has laid a solid foundation for the future of the team as well as allow for us to contend for Sun Belt titles right away.”

Fifteen new faces will join the women’s team this season, including seven from the state of Arkansas. Alexandra Pevtsova will join the pole vaulting squad after enjoying a very successful career at Valley View High School in Jonesboro. She is ranked No. 8 on the Arkansas High School All-time pole vault list and was ranked among the top 40 jumpers in the nation last year. She was the Arkansas Meet of Champions.

Jonesboro High School standout Macey Rodely will also join the team and will bring a wide range of talents to the team. She has competed in throwing events, sprinting events and the pole vault in the past.

Shakeria Marshall, a native of Texarakana, Ark., will compete in several events for the Red Wolves. She holds a personal best of 17’9’ in the long jump and a leap of 5’4’ in the high jump. She has also posted time of 25.65 in the 200-meter run and 58.77 in the 400-meter run.

Sabrina Antimo (Cabot, Ark.), Alecia Dodds (Camden, Ark.), Abbey Dixon (West Memphis, Ark.) and Riley Hancock (Russellville, Ark.) will all join this year’s team after successful high school careers in Arkansas. Antimo and Dodds will compete primarily in the sprinting and hurdling events, while Dixon and Hancock will compete on the cross country team. Antimo has a personal best of 11.94 in the 100-meter dash and was an All-State selection in Arkansas from three straight years.

Dodds has posted a top time of 14.30 in the 100-meter hurdles and time of 44.05 in the 300-meter hurdles. Dixon won multiple events at the high school, including several long distance running events. She has a personal best of 5:13 in the 1600-meter run and 11:22 in the 3200-meter run. Hancock was an All-State performer during her high school career and has times of 2:23.57 in the 800-meter and 5:22.19 in the 1600-meter events.

Other additions to the 2012-13 ASU women’s track and field team include Emenderlyn Iwuji (Carrollton, Texas), Jessica Maggio (Clearwater, Fla.), Erica Turner (Memphis, Tenn.), Logan Thiel (Clearwater, Fla.), Charlotte Williams (Decatur, Ga.), Taylor Swanson (Salina, Kan.), Megan Wright (Blue Springs, Mo.) and Ashleigh Price (Niceville, Fla.).

Iwuji would join an already strong group of long and triple jumpers at ASU. She has a personal best of 17’9 ¼ in the long jump and a lead of 38’7” in the triple jump. Maggio will compete in the hurdling events after earning honors a team MVP at the high school level. Turner will also join the hurdle crew after posting times of 14.26 in the 100-meter hurdles and 44.31 in the 300-meter hurdles at the high school level.

Thiel will add depth in the 400-meter for ASU and will push for a spot on the relay teams. She has a personal best of 25.26 in the 200-meter and a time of 57.05 in the 400-meter. Williams will round out the list of additions to the running crew. She won a regional title in the 400-meter race at the high level and has a personal best of 56.70 at the distance.

Swanson was the No. 25 ranked high school pole vaulter in the nation last year and was the state champion on her division on Kansas. Swanson was the Missouri state championship runner-up and was selected to the all-state twice as a pole vaulter. Price will compete on the cross country after having posted personal bests of 5:43.09 in the 1600-meter and 12:15.44 in the 3200-meter races...

Niceville’s Price signs to run with Arkansas State
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NICEVILLE — Niceville senior Ashleigh Price has always been an athlete. Sports are what she’s good at, what she enjoys, and she loves being part of a team.
So why stop in high school?
Last Wednesday in the Niceville High School auditorium, Price announced that she will run cross country and indoor and outdoor track for Division-I Arkansas State.
P r i c e , w h o transferred to Niceville midway through her junior year from Yuma, Ariz., has spent the last four fall sports seasons playing volleyball and has never ran cross country, though, she ran track her freshman year and is currently running mid-distance and distance events for the Eagles track team this season.
“Honestly, I have no idea how it happened,” Price said of her recruitment. “I had a recruiter who sent out some emails and they said I had some times that could qualify to run for them.
“I was really reluctant not just because it’s running, but it’s a Division-I school. You don’t get that opportunity very often.”
She had the opportunity to pursue volleyball at the next level, but none of the schools could beat what Arkansas State had to offer.
Price has posted personal bests of 12:10 in the 3200-meters and 5:35 in the 1600.
Niceville track and field coach Tom Durrenberger has been impressed with Price’s leadership and ability so far this season.
“She’s a very athletic, very talented person, very dedicated,” he said. “She is well-capable of coaching herself. She’s just a real capable athlete.”
Durrenberger is a believer that today’s prep athletes are too onesport centric and that variety is good.
As for Price, she is excited to be apart of something in college and is looking forward to being a member of a team at the Division-I level.
“My goal is to do well, to receive a bigger scholarship and cut my times immensely,” she said.
“I’m really excited for the opportunity Arkansas State is giving me and I’m very excited to run for them.”