A-State Women's Cross Country shines at Greater Louisville Classic

From Arkansas State University

The Arkansas State University women's cross country team turned in a solid performance against several nationally and over two dozen regionally-ranked teams Saturday (Sept. 29) as the Red Wolves placed 20th in the 11th annual Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic.

The Red Wolves, who posted an average 18:17 time on the muddy 5K course at E.P."Tom" Sawyer State Park, outperformed a number of NCAA Division I regionally-ranked teams such as Georgia Tech, Auburn, Marquette, Belmont, and Lipscomb.

Leading the way for A-State was sophomore Kristina Aubert, who completed thecourse in a season-leading 17:35.88 time to place 47th overall. Senior Sam Salinas posted a time of a personal season-best 18:12.38 to earn 124th place while sophomore Rexi Parcells clocked a 18:13.37 to garner a 131st placing, which also represented a season-best performance.

Rounding out ASU's scoring were freshman Abbey Dixon and sophomore HeatherNewberry. Dixon ran an 18:27.92 time to receive 168th-place honors while Newberry finished 201st as a result of running a time of 18.59.94.

Running unattached were three other individuals - sophomore Tilda Helgesson (19:09.34; 211th), sophomore Chelsey Roberson (20:08.46; 252nd), andjunior Bailey Sisson (20:37.44; 260th).

Sophomore Heather Hammett competed at the 5K Rhodes College Invitational in Memphis, Tenn., where she placed 12th with a 19:40 time. Joining Hammett was senior Lyndsey Patterson, who ran a 23rd-place 20:08 time. Freshman Riley Hancock notched a 20:25 time to post a 34th-place showing and frosh Ashleigh Price was 86th by tallying a 22:31 time.

"I really thought the women ran very well and did a nice job of focusing throughout the race," said ASU coach Kyle Chandler. "The opportunity to line up and compete against top caliber national competitiondoes a great deal to instill confidence in the women's team.

"In addition to those who competed in Louisville, we also had some nice performances from our women at the Rhodes Invite. The depth we have developed over the last couple years is really starting to show and I think the team is really excited for our last regular-season meet at Chile Pepper as well as the Sun Belt Conference and (NCAA) regionals," added Chandler.

Both the A-State men's and women's cross country teams return to action Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Chile PepperFestival in Fayetteville, Ark. The men's squad will participate in a 10K run while the women's team competes in the 6K event.

Greater Louisville Classic Team Results
Arizona (1:25:38.11), 2. Washington (1:25:46.56), 3T. Michigan State (1:26:42.23), 3T Arkansas (1:26:31.96), 5. Penn State (1:26:55.85), 6. Vanderbilt (1:27:04.04), 7. Wisconsin (1:27:27.70), 8. Kentucky (1:27:36.80), 9. Duke (1:27:54.19), 10. Georgia (1:28:07.24), 11. Mississippi (1:28:31.86), 12. Colorado State (1:29:07.20), 13. Grand ValleyState (1:29:19.48), 14. BYU (1:29:32.22), 15. Iona (1:30:09.26), 16. Missouri (1:29:54.49), 17. Eastern Kentucky (1:30:11.80), 18. Bradley (1:30:12.18), 19. Saint Louis (1:31:14.16), 20. Arkansas State (1:31:29.79), 21. Georgia Tech (1:31:14.57), 22. Marquette (1:31:29.50), 23. Belmont (1:32:33.93), 24. Lipscomb (1:32:07.58), 25. Edinboro (1:33:16.20), 26. Auburn (1:32:55.62), 27. Mercer (1:35:31.83), 28. Washington (1:34:40.03), 29. UNC-Greensboro (1:35:59.94), 30. Ball State (1:35:55.07), 31. Louisville (1:37:11.21)

Greater Louisville Classic Individual Results (Arkansas State)

· Kristina Aubert (17:35.88 – 47th)

· Sam Salinas (18:12.38 – 124th)

· Rexi Parcells (18:13.67 – 131st)

· Abbey Dixon (18:27.92 – 168th)

· Heather Newberry (18:59.94 – 201st)

· Tilda Helgesson (19:09.34 – 211th)

· Chelsey Roberson (20:08.46 – 252nd)

· Bailey Sisson (20:37.44 – 260th)

Rhodes College Individual Results (Arkansas State)

· Heather Hammett (19:40 – 12th)

· Lyndsey Patterson (20:08 – 23rd)

· Riley Hancock (20:25 – 34th)

· Ashleigh Price (22:31 – 86th)