ASU Women finish 6th, Men 13th at Memphis Twilight Classic

Memphis (ASU) — Four runners posted sub-19 minute times to lead the Arkansas State Red Wolves women's cross country team to a sixth-place finish in the 32-team Memphis Twilight Cross Country Classic Friday night at the Mike Rose Complex.

The A-State men, led by a 17th-place finish from senior Bailey Bunyan, finished 13th in the 30-team field.

"That was really great for Bailey," said ASU head coach Lon Badeaux.  "To go under 25 minutes in an 8K race was a big stepping stone for him."

Freshman Kristina Aubert paced the ASU women with a time of 17:50:83 in the 5K race, finishing 10th.  Junior Chelsea Weaver finished 33rd with a time of 18:45:04, senior Dawn L'Heureux came in 39th at 18:50:08 and sophomore Sam Salinas recorded a time of 18:50:69 to place 40th among 256 runners in the event.  Auburn All-American senior Holly Knight won the event with a time of 17:05:97.

"The girls ran incredibly," said Badeaux.  "The only teams that beat us were highly-ranked regional teams, and sooner or later we are going to pick one of those off as well.  We just keep getting better, and pretty soon we are going to beat some of these regionally ranked teams and be ranked ourselves."

In the men's run, two other ASU runners finished in the top third of the 264-runner pack, with junior James Ngwiri posting a time of 25:46:23 to finish 56th and sophomore David Mills coming in 80th with a time of 26:13:73.  Auburn's Ben Cheruiyot recorded a time of 23:15:96 to win the men's event.

"It's been tough for the men because we lost three of our top five runners from last year," said Badeaux.  "But I thought we did well in finishing 13th out of 30 teams, and I am very proud of what they are doing."

The Arkansas State men's and women's cross country teams will be back in action Oct. 2 in the Greater Louisville Classic.