Chen’s record performance makes news on the final day of Alumni Classic

JONESBORO, Ark. (20/4/24) – Menachem Chen broke the school and facility record in the men’s discus to mark Saturday’s competition at the first Alumni Classic in Arkansas State track and field.

Chen was one of seven event winners at the A-State Track & Field Complex on Saturday, throwing the implement 57.59m (188-11) on his first attempt. It was one of three throws of more than 55 yards on the day for the freshman, who was one of four A-State throwers to win their respective events.

Noah Jesse came third behind Chen with a throw of 52.21 m (171-3), while Chris Boyd (51.30m/168-4) and Willem Coertzen (51.07m/167-7) finished sixth and seventh.

Coertzen claimed the men’s shot put title, throwing 18.08m (59-3.75), moving up to fifth in school history. Chen followed in second place with a throw of 16.02m (52-6.75), followed by Boyd in third (15.18m/49-9.75). Alden Wetzel threw 12.57m (41-3) while Colby Eddowes threw a season best of 11.16 m (36-7.25).

Selase Samram threw a season’s best performance of 49.69 m (163-0) to win the women’s discus throw, and Michelle Ogbemudia came fifth with a season record of 43.19 m (141-8). Liya guy threw 43.17 m (141-8) and finished in sixth place Nyaluet Diew was 13e (35.66m/117-0).

Ogbemudia won the women’s shot put to end the day’s field events, throwing 14.78m (48-6), followed by runner-up Diew (14.15m/46-5.25). Guy finished seventh with a career best throw of 11.51m (37-9.25) and Miranda Burgett placed ninth with a collegiate best result of 11.38 m (37-4).

A day after winning the women’s pole vault, Bella Coscetti won the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:04.53.

Kenyon Parker won the men’s high jump, clearing 1.87m (6-1.5), while Wetzel finished second with a distance of 1.75m (5-9).

A-State ended the day by winning the men’s 4×400 meter relay with a time of 3:19.57. Earlier in the day, the relay quartet finished third in the 4×100 meters, with a time of 41.73.

Matthew Williams finished second in the men’s triple jump, jumping a season’s best of 14.08 meters (46-2.25).

In the women’s 800 meters, Cadence Lap (2:14.71) and Elizabeth Martin (2:16.81) ran personal best times and finished second and fourth. Marizenne Jonker posted 11ewith a time of 2:23.59, and Hannah McLaughlin ran a season-best average of 2:28.28.

Handre Jonker clocked a personal best of 49.28 and came second in the men’s 400 meters, with Jeremiah Green (50.43) and Josh Jones (50.51) with a seventh and eighth place. Cheyenne Melvin finished third among the women (58.57), while Emma Guadagnoli (1:00.89) and Izzy Daines (1:02.60) finished seventh and eighth. Daines also finished seventh in the 100-meter hurdles with a wind-assisted time of 14.81.

Parker finished sixth in the men’s 100 meters with a wind-assisted 10.92 to lead four runners. CJ Burge ran a career-best 11.08 to finish in 13th placeewhile Mehki Hoe (11.58w) and Spencer Taylor (12.00) also ran and became 26e and 27e.

A.J. Allen led three women in the 100 meters, with a wind-assisted 12.63. Je’Breiya Chapman finished in 12.67w and Madison Holloway crossed in 13.28.

The day opened with the 5000 meter races. Delaney Mulick ran a personal best of 18:16.63 to finish fourth in the women’s section Zeke McCain (8e15:57.62) and Matthew Dunsworth (9e16:00.73) competed on the men’s side.


The Red Wolves are back in action Friday and Saturday, competing in the Warhawk Invitational, Music City Challenge and Drake Relay.


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