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JONESBORO, Ark. (ASU) - The Arkansas State University men's and women's outdoor track and field teams will host the second annual Red Wolves Open this weekend (April 26-27) at the ASU Track and Field Facility in Jonesboro, Ark.
The non-scoring event, which serves as A-State's official home meet of the outdoor season and is open to the public, gets underway this Friday (April 26) at 3p.m. (CT) with the start of the field event competition. The men's hammer throw is the first schedule event with the women's hammer throw to follow. Running events begin this Saturday (April 27) with the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase at 10 a.m. (CT) while the field events resume at the same time with the women's javelin throw.
This Saturday's events continue on a rolling schedule finishing with the final two events, the women's and men's 4x400-meter relays at 3:10 p.m. and 3:20 p.m. (CT), respectively. Among those schools slated to compete are UALR, Central Arkansas, Memphis, and Southeast Missouri State.
"This is the second annual Red Wolves open and we are looking forward to competing at home," said ASU head coach Jim Patchell. "We have had a solid outdoor season so far for both the men's and women's teams and we hope to have some good performances this weekend.
"This meet should be a good indicator of where we stand among other teams in the conference. We have some quality teams coming and it should be a good competition," added Patchell.
The A-State women's teams will enter this weekend's home meet listed eighth place in the latest (April 23) NCAA Division I South Central Region rankings with247.87 team score thru competition as of April 22. The national and regional computer rankings are administered by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Texas A&M continues to hold the region's top spot with an 841.67 team total.
ASU has several individuals listed among the top South Central Region performances this spring with senior Stephanie Foreman's second-place 13-05.74 (4.11m) effort in the pole vault leading the way. Foreman established her outdoor season-best mark at the LSU Relays (3/22). Junior Kristina Aubert's time of 34:53.51 in the 10,000 meters set at the Stanford Invite (3/29) ranks third best while junior Sharika Nelvis is fourth in the 100-meter hurdles as a result of clocking a 13.24 time at the Ole Miss Invitational (4/13). Senior Julia Agawu ranks fourth in the discus at 168-11.95 (51.51m) set at the Sea Ray Relays (4/13) and her toss of 190-08.57 (58.13m) in the hammer throw at the LSU Relays (3/22) is fifth best among the region's top performers.
The A-State men's team moved up one place from last week's NCAA Division I South Central Region rankings as the Red Wolves are presently ranked 11th with a 194.52 team score by the USTFCCCA through April 22. Texas remains the region's number-one ranked team with a 918.81 score.
Senior Solomon Williams is presently listed among the South Central Region's best in two outdoor events, the 110-meter hurdles and the triple jump. Williams posted a 14.00 time in the 110 hurdles at the Ole Miss Invitational (4/13) and his 50-10.52 (15.51m) effort in the triple jump set at the Vanderbilt Invite (4/20) ranks eighth on the charts. Junior Chris Nicasio holds down the number-one placing in the hammer throw after producing a 205-08.50(62.70m) performance at the Southeast Missouri State Joey Haines Invitational (4/5). Junior Will Oliver currently occupies seventh place in the decathlon with a 6,831-points output attained at the Ole Miss Invite (3/13-14). In the high jump, junior Kashef Daniel is seventh in the region following a 6-11.46 (2.12m) effort at the Vanderbilt Invitational (4/20).
Live results will be available through Delta Timing and final results will be posted online.