PITTSBURG, Kan. (12/6/19) – On Friday afternoon, the Arkansas State track and field team began its 2019-20 indoor season with three athletes competing in the Boo Rogers Pentathlon and Heptathlon.
A-State sophomore Camryn Newton-Smith posted a career-best performance to open the year in the pentathlon, placing third with 3,701 points, which moved her up to fifth all-time in program history in the event. Allie Hensley placed sixth with 3,348 points, just shy of her personal best.
In the pentathlon, Newton-Smith began the day by matching her collegiate best in the 60m hurdles, clocking 8.72, which ranks eighth in program history. That effort was good enough to put her in second place after the first event, earning 969 points).
Hensley and Newton-Smith continued to climb the leaderboard as the day went on, with Hensley clearing a collegiate indoor-best 1.67m (5-5.75) in the high jump to tie for first. Newton-Smith’s 1.61m (5-3.25) clearance kept her near the top going into the shot put.
There, Newton-Smith posted a personal best throw of 12.09m (39-8.0) to take the event move her into first place after three events. Hensley hurled the implement 10.90m (35-9.25) to move into sixth place, where she would ultimately finish.
Newton-Smith added another solid performance in the long jump, leaping 5.42m (17-9.5) while Hensley tied for sixth with a jump of 5.21m (17-1.25). Hensley and Newton-Smith finished eighth and ninth, respectively in the 800m to end the day.
Making his A-State debut, freshman Ty Graser concluded day one of the heptathlon in ninth place in the overall standings with 2,596 points, with three events to go on Saturday – the 60m hurdles, pole vault and 1000m.
The rookie opened the day with a solid 60m dash mark of 7.23, while posting a long jump of 6.39m (20-11.75). After the shot put, Graser closed out the first day of competition with a clearance of 1.83m (6-0.0) in the high jump.
While Graser finishes the heptathlon on Saturday, the rest of the A-State track and field squad will open the season in the Crimson and Gold Invitational in Pittsburg. Field events begin at Noon CT with the men’s weight throw while the Red Wolves begin track events at 1:50 p.m. with the men’s 60m hurdles following Graser’s 1000m run at 1:35 p.m.
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Pentathlon: Trace Mosby (Pittsburg State), 3,884 points
A-State: 3. Camryn Newton-Smith, 3,701 points; 6. Allie Hensley, 3,438 points
Pentathlon 60m Hurdles: Claire Luallen (Missouri Southern), 8.69 (976 pts)
A-State: 2. Camryn Newton-Smith, 8.72 (969 pts); 10. Allie Hensley, 9.71 (767 pts)
Pentathlon High Jump: T1. Allie Hensley, 1.67m (5-5.75) (818 pts); T5. Camryn Newton-Smith, 1.61m (5-3.25) (747 pts)
Pentathlon Shot Put: 1. Camryn Newton-Smith, 12.09m (39-8.0) (667 pts); 6. Allie Hensley, 10.90m (35-9.25) (589 pts)
Pentathlon Long Jump: Meleah Ridenour (Southwest Baptist), 5.81m (19-0.75) (792 pts)
A-State: 5. Camryn Newton-Smith, 5.42m (17-9.5) (677 pts); T6. Allie Hensley, 5.21m (17-1.25) (617 pts)
Pentathlon 800m: Trace Mosby (Pittsburg State), 2:23.92 (771 pts)
A-State: 8. Allie Hensley, 2:33.69 (647 pts); 9. Camryn Newton-Smith, 2:34.19 (641 pts)
Heptathlon 60m: Tanner Raubenstine (Emporia State), 6.90 (918 pts)
A-State: 5. Ty Graser, 7.23 (802 pts)
Heptathlon Long Jump: Cameron Burrows (Tiffin), 7.24m (23-9.0) (871 pts)
A-State: 9. Ty Graser, 6.39m (20-11.75) (673 pts)
Heptathlon Shot Put: Trey Mooney (Pittsburg State), 14.20m (46-7.25) (741 pts)
A-State: 11. Ty Graser, 9.71m (31-10.25) (468 pts)
Heptathlon High Jump: Cameron Burrows (Tiffin), 2.19m (7-2.25) (982 pts)
A-State: T8. Ty Graser, 1.83m (6-0.0) (653 pts)