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 womens 55-meter dash while Richard Chavez
set an A-State record in the mens shot put.
In the womens 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 wasnt
finished there as she also claimed the womens 55-meter hurdles
title with a time of 7.79. A-States 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 mens
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 mens 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 weve 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 womens
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
Murphys time of 5:28.03 was good for second...
The Red Wolves dominated the womens 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 womens 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
The Red Wolves return to action Jan. 17-18 at the Kentucky Invitational
in Lexington, Ky.
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 womens
team won their first-ever conference title and the mens
squad tied for the programs highest finish at this Saturdays
(Nov. 2) conference meet in Troy, Ala.
The A-State womens 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.
Im extremely proud of our womens team for their
outstanding performance today in winning the Sun Belt Conference
Championship, said A-State head coach Jim Patchell. Im
equally proud of our mens 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 todays 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
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.
Ark. (4/27/13) A combined 16 first-place performances were
recorded by the Arkansas State University mens and womens
outdoor track & field teams at this Saturdays (April 27)
second annual Red Wolves Open, which was held at the ASU Track and
Facility Complex in Jonesboro, Ark...
On the womens side, Arkansas accumulated seven first-place
performances. Junior Sharika Nelvis posted the meets 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 Currys 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 seasons 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
|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
Ark. (11/1/12) The Arkansas State University mens and
womens 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 Conferences
(SBC) Team Academic Award in their respective sport.
Both 2011-12 A-State mens and womens squad were recognized
for their academic excellence during last Fridays (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.
Im very proud of our mens and womens 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 womens 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. Its
great to have both teams win awards for the highest team GPAs
among the Sun Belt Conference schools. This years conference
academic award shows a continuance of our programs 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
The A-State cross country program is certainly no stranger to performing
at a high academic level as the 2010 womens team boasted the
nations 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.
Ark. (10/30/12) The 2012 Arkansas State University womens
cross country team has accomplished a feat no other previous ASU
squad was able to in the programs 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-States 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
We are most pleased with the steady progress of the womens
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 its always gratifying to be recognized
by ones peers has having a quality program.
ASU, which turned in the programs 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.
Ark. (10/27/12) The Arkansas State University womens
and mens cross country teams each turned in one of their best
showings at this Saturdays (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 States 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 Showalters
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
We are well pleased with the womens runner-up finish
since its 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. Thats a significant
accomplishment for each of these women...
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
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.
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
Of the 25 student-athletes 10 will be joining the mens team
and 15 will be added to the womens 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 mens
and womens 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 womens 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
179 in the long jump and a leap of 54 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 years 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 womens 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 179 ¼ in the long
jump and a lead of 387 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 senior Ashleigh Price has always been an athlete.
Sports are what shes 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 its running,
but its a Division-I school. You dont get that opportunity
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 Prices leadership and ability so far this season.
Shes a very athletic, very talented person, very dedicated,
he said. She is well-capable of coaching herself. Shes
just a real capable athlete.
Durrenberger is a believer that todays 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
My goal is to do well, to receive a bigger scholarship and
cut my times immensely, she said.
Im really excited for the opportunity Arkansas State
is giving me and Im very excited to run for them.