FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (ASU) - Arkansas State freshman Kristina Aubert ran a personal-best 17:18.39 to finish in 12th place out of 469 runners and pace the Red Wolves to a 23rd-place team finish Saturday at the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival at the University of Arkansas.
Fifty-six teams were entered in the women's race, five from Arkansas, and Aubert was the top finisher from any in-state team.
Senior Dawn L'Heureux also ran a personal-best and finished in 96th place with a time of 18:19.80, while senior Bailey Bunyan led the ASU men, running a 31:43.42 to finish 102nd.
It was the fifth time in as many meets that Aubert has led the Red Wolves, and the second consecutive race that she has posted a personal-best time, out-pacing the 17:42:24 that she registered Oct. 2 at the Greater Louisville Classic.
"I thought the girls did an outstanding job against a national-caliber field," said ASU head coach Lon Badeaux. "We were actually able to pick off a few regionally-ranked teams this time around. Kristina had another unbelievable race, placing 12th against so many quality runners, and I was very proud of the personal-best that Dawn L'Heureux had."
"Team-wise, we are ready for the conference meet in two weeks," added Badeaux. "If we can get our number five and six runners closer to the top four, we will be very successful."
Junior Chelsea Weaver ran an 18:41.77 to finish 137th, and sophomore Sam Salinas finished 163 with a time of 18:54.39. In the men's field of 470 runners, senior Terrell Pigram finished 324th with a time of 34:25.75, and sophomore David Mills ran a 34:38.87 to finish 339th.
The Red Wolves will be back in action when the Sun Belt Conference Cross Country Championships get underway Oct. 30 in Bowling Green, Ky.