ASU Cross Country returns to action Saturday at Chile Pepper Invite

From Arkansas State University

Following a week hiatus, the 2012 Arkansas State University men's and women's cross country teams are back in action this Saturday (Oct. 13) to compete in the Chile Pepper Invitational at Fayetteville, Ark.

The meet is being hosted by the Chile Pepper Running Club and will be held at Agri Park, which is the home course for the University of Arkansas. The men's competition starts at 9:45 a.m. (CT) with a 10 K race and the women's 6K race is set to get underway at 10:30 a.m. (CT). Following the conclusion of both races, an awards ceremony is scheduled for 11:05 a.m. (CT).

The Chile Pepper Invite will provide A-State an opportunity to run against a top-flight field, featuring a number of top teams and individual runners in the region.

"Both our men's and women's teams are looking forward to competing in their first 10K (men) and 6K (women) races this season," said ASU coach Kyle Chandler. "There will be many regionally ranked teams on both sides, so we are anxious to see how we measure up thisweek.

"The men will be running their full squad whilethe women will be missing two of their top 5 runners. As a result, other women will need to step up to fill in the gaps. I'm excited to see how the men compete and which women will rise to the challenge," added Chandler.

The ASU women's team maintained its 13th placing among the top 15 NCAA Division I South Central Region teams in the most recent (Oct. 1) and fourth installment of the 2012 U.S. Track and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Regional Cross Country Rankings.