Jonesboro (ASU) - Powered by a strong performance from freshman Kristina Aubert in her collegiate debut, the Arkansas State Red Wolves women's cross country team out-paced five other teams to take first place in the Arkansas Tech Twilight Run Friday evening in Russellville, Ark.
Aubert finished with a winning time of 11:18:41, while ASU's Dawn L'Heureux, Samantha Salinas and Chelsea Weaver all finished in the top 13 to help the Red Wolves open their 2010 season with the victory. The Red Wolves scored 37 points to outdistance second-place Ole Miss (46 points) and Arkansas Tech (61 points).
The Arkansas State men finished third in the race behind the effort of Bailey Bunyan, who led the Red Wolves with a seventh-place overall finish and a time of 20:32:24. UALR won the men's team title with 26 points, while Ole Miss was second with 41 points and ASU scored 87 to finish third.
"We are extremely excited about how the women started off the season," said ASU head coach Lon Badeaux. "But we expected a lot, especially out of Kristina, who won the race pretty convincingly. All of our girls ran pretty much towards the front of the pack, and I was very happy with how they ran."
"The guys ran very solidly but came up against a couple of good teams in Ole Miss and UALR," added Badeaux. "Bailey's time was a personal-best, so we were very pleased with that."
A-State's James Ngwiri finished 16th in the field with a time of 21:07:21, David Mills posted a time of 21:50:67 to finish in 21st place and Terrell Pigram finished 25th with a time of 22:07:09.
The Red Wolves will be back in action Sept. 10 when ASU travels to Little Rock for the UALR Invitational.