TRACK: Women Tied for Third, Men Fourth After Day 1 of Sun Belt Championships

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TRACK: Women Tied for Third, Men Fourth After Day 1 of Sun Belt Championships

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Hana Ratcliffe and Ashley Muschiatti earned All-Sun Belt honors to lead Appalachian State women’s track & field on Day 1 of the Sun Belt Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Ala.

The Mountaineers sit in a tie for third after the first day of competition with 21 points. Texas State sits in the lead after the first day of competition with 47 points, South Alabama is second with 37 points and the Mountaineers and UT Arlington are third with 21 points apiece.

Ratcliffe earned Second Team All-Sun Belt honors after a second place finish in the 3,000-meter run in a PR time of 9:41.39. Her time also marks the second fastest time run in the event in program history.

Muschiatti turned in a third-place performance in the weight throw, covering a PR distance of 58-7.50 (17.87m). Her mark earns Third Team All-Sun Belt accolades and moves her into fifth place in the weight throw in program history.

The Distance Medley Relay tandem of Elisa SargentAraybian LillyKylee Frady and Izzy Evely placed fourth with a time of 11:56.22.

Also scoring points for the Black and Gold on the first day was Katelyn Butler. Butler crossed seventh in the 3,000-meter run in 10:11.50.

In preliminary action, the Mountaineers saw two student-athletes advance to the finals tomorrow.

In the 800-meter run, Phylissa Greeley was sixth overall in 2:12.79 to advance to tomorrow’s finals. In addition, Jelonnie Smith qualified eighth in the 400-meter run in 56.99 seconds. Smith’s time also ranks as the fifth fastest time in program history.

The second and final day of the Sun Belt Indoor Championships will begin tomorrow at 10:20 a.m. EST with the pentathlon. Running events will begin at 1:30 p.m. EST with the one-mile run and field events start at 2:30 p.m. EST with the pole vault.

TEAM STANDINGS
1. Texas State – 47
2. South Alabama – 37
t3. Appalachian State – 21
t3. UT Arlington – 21
5. Georgia State -15
6. Arkansas State 14
7. Troy – 13
8. Georgia Southern – 12
9. ULM – 10
10. Louisiana – 5
t11. Little Rock – 0
t11. Coastal Carolina – 0

 

Men’s Recap: https://appstatesports.com/news/2019/2/18/mens-track-field-tristian-shaver-wins-pole-vault-on-day-1-of-sun-belt-indoor-championships.aspx

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Tristian Shaver continued his strong indoor season, winning the Sun Belt title in the pole vault to lead Appalachian State men’s track & field on Day 1 of the conference championships in Birmingham, Ala.

App State sits fourth of eight teams with 26 points. Louisiana owns the team lead after the first day with 41.5 points, Texas State is second with 37 points and Arkansas State is third with 28 points.

Shaver cleared 17-00.00 (5.18m) during a jump off to capture the pole vault title. He becomes the 16th student-athlete in App State history to capture a conference title in the indoor pole vault and first since 2014, when Phillip Thomas won the title.

The Mountaineers placed three in the top-eight in the 3,000-meter run. Dakota Mendenhall crossed fourth in 8:27.58, Isaac Benz was right behind in fifth with a time of 8:28.82 and Michael Flanagan recorded an eighth place finish in 8:32.86. All three times represent PR’s for each runner.

The DMR team of Ben CignaraleElliott GravesSean Doyle and Gable Dershem closed out the first day with a fourth place finish in 10:20.51.

 

Peter Kenn set a PR in the weight throw, covering 56-7.50 (17.26m) to finish eighth in the event.

In preliminary action, Jabari Johnson qualified for the finals in both the 60-meter dash and 200-meter dash, with times of 6.90 seconds and 21.70 seconds, respectively. Graves also punched his ticket to the finals of the 60-meter hurdles, finishing third in prelims in 8.18 seconds.

The second and final day of competition will begin on Tuesday at 10 a.m. EST with the final three events of the heptathlon. Field events will begin at 1 p.m. EST with the triple jump, with running events starting at 1:45 p.m. EST with the one-mile run.

TEAM STANDINGS
1. Louisiana – 41.5
2. Texas State – 37
3. Arkansas State – 28
4. Appalachian State – 26
5. South Alabama – 24.5
6. UT Arlington – 21
7. ULM – 15
8. Little Rock – 2