Freshman Richards takes first place, ranked no. 16

Belles first meet in Wichita Falls goes well, earns award

By Miguel Luna
On January 21, 2016

Photo by Summer Almaguer
ASU runners pace themselves throughout their long distnace race.

The Rambelles on Jan. 19th captured three provisional marks among other awards at the season’s first meet in Witcha, KA.

“It was a good meet and a good start,” Coach James Reid said.

The Rambelles placed fourth at their first indoor track meet of the season.

In order for an athlete to receive a provisional mark they must “hit a certain time or height,” Candida Chairez, who placed fifth in the 5,000 meters, said.

If an athlete receives a provisional mark, the athlete is then added to the national list and has the opportunity to compete at the national meet.

Provisional standards are the B standards to get to nationals. The higher the mark the athlete receives the better the considered16 advance.

The A standard is automatic qualification for the national meet.

Freshman Yasmyn Richards made her first collegiate track meet a memorable one.

Richards placed first in the 60-meters with a time of 7.67. This ranks Richards No. 16 in Division II.

Sophomore Kami Norton placed fourth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.76. Norton now sits at No. 13.

Kaitlin Lumpkins earned second place in high jump. The sophomore jumped a distance of 5’ 5.25,” Lumpkins ranks at No. 17.

The mile relay who placed second overall with a time of 4:02.48 “ran fairly decent” and qualified to last year’s nationals, Coach Reid said.

While only 14 girls competed at the meet, because not all had returned from the Winter Break, the team had several advances to finals.

Even though only a small group was taken they “did a great job” considering they were competing against full teams, Coach Reid said.

The entire team travelling depends on the location of the meet and the events that need to be competed in at the time.

“We’re going to be working in each and every event to try to get as good as we can,” Coach Reid said, “so we’ll have an opportunity to not only win a meet but hit a mark that will allow us to get to the national meet.”

The team has their goal of winning the indoor conference championships among other expectations, Chairez said. Although the men’s team only competes in outdoor track they are preparing for their season.

“I expect everybody to step up and to we’re looking to teach the young ones, so they can improve,” Luis Perez, who competed at last year’s national meet, said. Perez also received the LSC Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year for 2015.

The men’s team also has the goal to win conference, Perez said.

“We have a really talented group of freshman and transfers and we all performed well,” Chairez said.

The Rambelles will compete again on Jan. 29 at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KA.

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