TRACK: Butler Breaks School Record; Men Place Three in Top Eight of Steeplechase at Sun Belt Championships

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TRACK: Butler Breaks School Record; Men Place Three in Top Eight of Steeplechase at Sun Belt Championships

 

JONESBORO, Ark. – Katelyn Butler broke the school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase by over five seconds to lead Appalachian State women’s track & field on Day 2 of the Sun Belt Championships.
 
After two days of competition, the Black and Gold sit in fifth place with 26 points. South Alabama holds the team lead through two days with 98 points. Arkansas State is second with 56 points and Texas State with 47 points.
 
Butler closed the race strong over the final two laps, moving up three spots to finish second in 10:31.33 and better the school record of 10:37.00, set by Samantha Campanaro in 2016. It also marks the third straight Second Team All-Sun Belt honor for Butler.

“I went in really nervous, but all my teammates remembered all the hard work I had put in this season,” said Butler. “The race started out really quick. I tried to get out comfortable and in a good position to move up. In the middle, I hit a little slump and I wasn’t in podium placement. But I remembered that school record and how bad I wanted it and then with two laps to go, I heard all my teammates cheering and never looked back.”
 
Also in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Elisa Sargent registered a PR time of 11:04.85 and moved into ninth place in the event in program history.
 
Ashley Muschiatti also scored points for App State on Saturday, finishing in a tie for eighth place in the shot put with a toss of 43-2.25 (13.16m).
 
In Saturday’s prelims, Jelonnie Smith captured her heat in the 400-meter dash in 56.30 seconds to automatically advance to Sunday’s finals. Phylissa Greeley also advanced to the finals in the 800-meter run, finishing in 2:11.28, which was just .01 seconds shy of her PR.
 
In Friday’s action, Emily Fedders moved into sixth-place in program history and earned her second consecutive All-Sun Belt in the 10,000-meter run with a PR time of 36:33.45. Megan Scanell finished sixth in the event with a time of 36:55.73.
 
Also on Friday, the Mountaineers placed two in the top eight in the pole vault. Hannah Emery finished in a tie for fourth with a season-best mark of 12-0.00 (3.66m), while Silvanna Curtain finished eight with a PR mark of 11-0.25 (3.36m).
 
The final day of competition on Sunday will see field events begin at 12:30 p.m. EST with the discus and running events begin at 5 p.m. EST with the 4×100-meter relay. The events will also be broadcast on ESPN+ beginning at 5 p.m. EST.

 

TEAM STANDINGS

1. South Alabama, 98
2. Arkansas State, 56
3. Texas State, 47
4. Louisiana, 40.5
5. Appalachian State, 26
6. Georgia State, 25
7. UT-Arlington, 22.5
8. Troy, 14
9. Georgia Southern, 7
10. Little Rock, 6
11. ULM, 5
12. Coastal Carolina 3

 

Men’s Recap: https://appstatesports.com/news/2019/5/11/mens-track-field-three-place-in-3-000-meter-steeplechase-on-second-day-of-sun-belt-championships.aspx

 

JONESBORO, Ark. — Three runners placed in the top-eight of the 3,000-meter steeplechase to lead Appalachian State men’s track & field on Day 2 of the Sun Belt Championships on Saturday.

Through two days of competition, the Mountaineers sit in eighth place with 19 points. Louisiana holds the lead after two days with 57 points, Texas State is in second with 42 points and Coastal Carolina sits in third with 36 points.

Ryan Brown paced the Black and Gold in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a fourth-place finish in a PR time of 9:15.53. Sawyer Gwyn-Rowsom finished right behind in fifth-place with a PR mark of 9:23.71 and Zachary Mercer crossed eighth with a PR time of 9:27.97.

In preliminary races, Elliott Graves ran a season-best time of 14.27 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles to advance to the finals.
 
App State will send two to the finals in the 100-meter dash. Jalen Virgil posted the top time in the preliminary event with a time of 10.41 seconds, while Jabari Johnson qualified eight in 10.61 seconds.
 
On Friday, Peter Kenn earned all-conference honors with a third-place finish in the hammer throw with a toss of 181-7 (55.36m). Isaac Benz also scored points for the Black and Gold, recording a sixth-place finish in the 10,000-meter run in 31:11.27.
 
The final day of competition on Sunday will see field events begin at 1 p.m. EST with the pole vault and running events begin at 5:05 p.m. EST with the 4×100-meter relay. The events will also be broadcast on ESPN+ beginning at 5 p.m. EST.

TEAM STANDINGS

1. Louisiana, 57
2. Texas State, 42
3. Coastal Carolina, 36
4. ULM, 31
5. Arkansas State, 30
6. UT-Arlington, 27
7. South Alabama, 23
8. Appalachian State, 19
9. Troy, 8
10. Little Rock, 0