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JONESBORO, Ark. (5/12/19) Ė The Arkansas State womenís team won the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship Sunday while the men finished second on the final day of the three day meet at the A-State Track & Field Complex.

The A-State women claimed their first outdoor conference title since 2015, second since 2001, and eighth overall title outdoors, fifth as a member of the Sun Belt Conference. Texas State finished runner-up with 128 points while South Alabama was third with 127. Texas State won the menís title with 122.5 points, edging A-State (117) and UT Arlington (109). This is the fifth-straight season that both the A-State men and women finish in the top three at the outdoor championships.

ďItís a bittersweet day with the exact opposite result as last year, but thatís what happens when you coach two teams,Ē said A-State head coach Jim Patchell. ďIím extremely excited for the women because this has been a goal since this time last year. Those ladies worked hard every day and put their mind to it. Iím proud of the championship, but Iím more proud of what they have become by getting to this point. We knew we had a good chance to win the womenís title and we also knew we had a chance on the menís side. The menís title came down to the last event, but we knew if we did what we were capable of we could win the womenís title.Ē

Grace Flowers got the day started with the title in discus throw. Flowers registered a personal-best throw of 52.90m (173-07), the fourth-best throw in program history, for the victory. Babette Vandeput made it 18 points with a runner-up finish posting a throw of 51.76m (169-10), the fifth-best throw in program history. Imani Udoumana gave the Red Wolves another event title by way of a triple jump measuring 12.69m (41-7.75), the fourth-best jump in program history.

On the track, the A-State women got off to a blistering start with the 4x100-meter relay setting a school and championships record. Kerra Williams, Caitland Smith, Jonae Cook and Osereme Erewele sprinted to a time of 44.70 seconds, 25th-fastest in the NCAA West Region and 57th-nationally, for both an A-State program record and Sun Belt Outdoor Championships record. The SBC record had stood since 2005.

Emma Nwofor took home first place in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.63 seconds to complete the season sweep of the hurdles. Nwofor won the 60-meter hurdles indoors. Caitland Smith raced to the 100-meter dash title in 11.25 seconds while finishing second in the 200-meter at 23.25 seconds.

Osereme Erewele and Jonae Cook each added valuable points in the sprints. Erewele placed fourth in the 100-meter dash (11.79) and eighth in the 200-meter dash (25.09) while Cook was seventh in the 100-meter dash (11.95) and fifth in the 200-meter dash (24.29). Anaelle Charles and Pauline Meyer combined for 15 points out of the 800 and 1500-meter runs. Charles was third in the 1500-meter (4:36.45) and fourth in the 800-meter (2:13.54) while Meyer was sixth in the 1500-meter (4:39.11) and eighth in the 800-meter (2:23.88). Gracee Damron added a podium finish placing third in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:00.39.

The menís team race came down to the 4x400-meter relay with Texas State holding a 2.5 point lead over the Red Wolves. Texas State finished fourth while A-State finished seventh as the Bobcats edged A-State by 5.5 points in the final standings.

Tiaan Steenkamp was the lone individual champion for the menís squad on the meet. Steenkamp won the high jump with a clearance of 2.14m (7-0.25). Jermie Walker took silver in the 400-meter dash with a time of 47.39 seconds. Michael Carr also earned silver on Sunday with a pole vault clearance of 5.48m (17-11.75).

The menís middle distance group had a big day combining for 28 points in two races. Heinrich Herbst was second in the 1,500-meter run at 3:52.61 with Seth Waters third (3:54.43) and Bennett Pascoe (3:54.93). Herbst was third in the 800-meter run (1:51.09) with Waters sixth at 1:52.17.

The menís team also added points by way of the following; Carter Shell in triple jump (5th Ė 14.93m/48-11.75), Matthew Keown in pole vault (4.93m/16-2), Frank Massey in the high jump (7th Ė 2.03m/6-8) and Daidren Davis in the 400-meter hurdles (8th Ė 54.32).

NCAA West Regional qualifiers will be finalized in the coming days and announced ahead of the NCAA West Regional Championship May 23-25 in Sacramento, Calif.

For the latest on the A-State track and field, log onto the teamís Facebook page at Facebook.com/AStateTrackAndField or follow the team on Twitter or Instagram at @AStateTrack.

Sun Belt Conference Championships
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