The Arkansas State University men's and women's cross country teams will compete in the 12th Annual Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic this Saturday (Oct. 5) in Louisville, Ky.
The Greater Louisville Classic, which features about 100 men's and women's teams over three races per gender, will be held at the E.P. 'Tom' Sawyer State Park course. Arkansas State will be running against about 40 teams in the men's race while the women's event has about 30 teams participating.
The men's race, which is an 8K distance, will have starting times of 8:30 a.m. (CT), 9:45 a.m. (CT), and 12 p.m. (CT). The 5K women's race get underway at 9:15 a.m. (CT) with the second and third races to follow at 10:30 a.m. (CT) and 12:45 p.m. (CT), respectively.
"We are excited about competing in one of the largest collegiate meets of the season this weekend," said A-State Cross Country Head Coach Kyle Chandler. "The men will face eight regionally-ranked teams, including the nation's top-ranked team (Oklahoma State). We hope our depth can help us compete well against these teams so we are looking forward to the test.
"Like the men, our women will face many a number of high-quality ranked teams with at least eight currently regionally ranked. This race will be our greatest test so far as our team success will be heavily determined by how well our depth runners perform at positions four through 10," added Chandler.
This year's meet, which is being hosted by the Louisville Sports Commission, will include such schools as Tennessee, Texas A&M, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Eastern Kentucky, Louisville and others along with current Sun Belt Conference (SBC) members Georgia State, South Alabama, and Western Kentucky. Following the meet, awards will be presented to the top two men's and women's teams. Special awards will be distributed to those runners who are among the top 25-place finishers in each race.
The A-State women's team is presently ranked 12th in the NCAA Division I South Central Region by the United States Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The Red Wolves have captured the top team title at their last two meets to date – Saint Louis Big River Forest Park Festival (Sept. 13) and the 23rd annual Rhodes College Invitational (Sept. 28). Junior Kristina Aubert has earned individual medalist recognition in those two meets with a pair of first-place performances. Aubert along with junior Rexi Parcells and sophomore Abbey Dixon have been the Red Wolves' top runners to date this season.
Sophomore Wil Norris, junior Luke Lindsley, and sophomore Lance Beckman have paced the men's squad this fall, which turned in a fourth-place effort at this past Saturday's (Sept. 28) 23rd annual Rhodes College Invitational.