TOPEKA, Kan. — Records were made to be broken.
That happened to three Arkansas State indoor school records Friday at the Division I Challenge, as Red Wolves posted record-setting performances in the women’s mile, men’s mile and women’s weight throw.
Pauline Meyer was the first record-breaker of the day, winning the mile in 4:50.94 to not only break Anaelle Charles’ mark set in 2018, but earn 10 points in the scored meet. Meyer also placed third in the 800 with a time of 2:15.51.
In the next event on the track, the oldest school record in program history fell, as Seth Waters and Bennett Pascoe each surpassed Bob Giersberg’s 1968 record of 4:08.44. Waters placed third in 4:06.94 while Pascoe also bested Giersberg with a fourth-place result in 4:08.17, which put him at No. 2 in school history. Waters then placed second in the men’s 800 with a time of 1:54.04.
Grace Flowers was the third record-breaker of the day, doing so in the women’s weight throw. The Tulsa, Okla., native uncorked a throw of 66-5.25 to win her event, set a facility record and break All-American Erin Farmer’s 2017 mark of 65-8.25 in the process. Flowers also placed second in the shot put with a throw of 47-10.
In the scored meet, ASU’s women placed second to South Dakota with 85 points. The men placed third, totaling 71 points. The Red Wolves won five events, two men and three women and notched 17 top-three results. ASU athletes also tallied eight personal-best performances.
Camryn Newton-Smith posted a pair of runner-up finishes, running a personal-best 8.49 in the women’s 60 hurdles and then placing second in the high jump with a mark of 5-5.
Imani Udoumana was victorious in the women’s triple jump with a leap of 39-3.75 while Carter Shell and Courtney Thomas went 1-2 in the men’s long jump. Shell jumped a personal-best 24-10 while Thomas leaped 22-11.75.
In the men’s pole vault, Bradley Jelmert continued to build on his strong rookie campaign, placing third in the men’s pole vault with a personal-best 16-11.5.
Eron Carter and Aimar Palma Simo once again went 1-2 in the men’s weight throw, with Carter winning with a toss of 64-2.5. Palma Simo posted a throw of 63-8.75. Carter also recorded a season-best 51-3.5 in the men’s shot put.