The 2012 Arkansas State University women's cross country team has accomplished a feat no other previous ASU squad was able to in the program's history as the 2012 Red Wolves have now earned the highest-ever NCAA Division I Regional Ranking.
Arkansas State moved up one place into ninth in the latest and sixth installment of the 2012 NCAA-I South Central Region Rankings as released this Monday (Oct. 29). The Red Wolves previously occupied the 10th-place position in the Oct. 15th NCAA South Central Region Rankings, which are administered through the United States Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Presently, A-State' ninth-place listing is one spot behind Baylor and one placing in front of 10th-place Rice among the 15 teams comprising in the NCAA South Central Region poll. Arkansas, Texas, SMU, LSU, and Texas A&M comprise the top five in that particular order.
"We are most pleased with the steady progress of the women's cross country team throughout this season and were excited about their strong conference finish," said ASU coach Kyle Chandler. "We look forward with anticipation for the upcoming NCAA (South Central) Regional meet and it's always gratifying to be recognized by one's peers has having a quality program."
ASU, which turned in the program's best performance ever at the Sun Belt Conference Cross Country Championships this past Saturday (Sept. 27) in Bowling Green, Ky., as the Red Wolves accumulated a second-place 58-points total with four A-Staterunners being among the first 11 individuals to cross the finish line.
The Red Wolves will now make preparations to compete in the 2012 NCAA South Regional Championships, which are scheduled for Nov. 9 at Agri Park in Fayetteville, Ark.