The Arkansas State Track and Field team literally “hit the ground running” this past weekend at the annual A-State Kickoff Klassic at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro. The two day event consistently featured strong showings from ASU athletes in a variety of events. Seeing the Kickoff Klassic is the only event of the indoor season for this semester, it is not only a great motivator to get the athletes through the long holiday break, but also serves as a barometer for what to expect in the spring semester.
If one is to judge how the bulk of season will go by this event, they would have to be more than encouraged from the results. With 13 Red Wolves’ winning the top spot in their respective events, ASU made their presence felt early in the indoor season. Erin Farmer, a senior from League City, Texas obliterated her own record set last season in the shot put competition. Extending her record from 15.93 to 17.19 meters, Farmer obviously did not take much time off in the “offseason.”Furthermore, the women’s shot put team swept the podium with junior Calea Carr taking second and freshman Danielle Lorenze claiming third.
Not to be outdone, the men’s hurdlers also made it a clean-sweep in the 55 meter hurdles. Jamil Peeples won the race, followed by Nick Hilson and Clarence Simpkins to make it all Red Wolves in the top three spots. Additionally, Jaylen Bacon grabbed the top spot in the 55 meter dash, and Elijah Ross finished just nine-tenths of a second behind him in second. These are but a few of the players on the men and women’s side that proved to be the best in their events.
Going forward, the Arkansas State Track and Field team looks forward to five more indoor competitions on its way to the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Championships beginning on February 20th. Next up, the Red Wolves set out to prove their performance recently was more than home field advantage as they travel to Lexington, Ky, Jan. 13-14 for the Kentucky Invitational. Then it’s on to Bloomington, Ind. Jan.20-21 for the Gladstien Invite, and returning home the following weekend Jan.27-28 for the A-State Invitational. Finally, the final two stops before the conference championships is in Carbondale, Ill. Feb.3-4 at the SIU Invitational and Feb.10-11 in Albuquerque, N.M. at the Don Kirby Elite.
That’s right, there is not one weekend off for the Red Wolves Track and Field team when they return from break. It goes without saying, the commitment and sacrifice these athletes make to compete at the collegiate level is highly commendable. So, if you find yourself with the weekend off next semster, go and support your track and field athletes. These champion athletes represent the university with respect and hard work. What is more, they win while they do it.