Louisville, KY (ASU) – The Arkansas State University women's and men's cross country teams raced in the 12th annual Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic this Saturday (Oct. 5) and both teams came away with top 10-place performances on the E.P. ‘Tom' Sawyer State Park course in Louisville, Ky.
The A-State women's team recorded 228 to claim eighth place in the 20-team NCAA Division I Gold Division 5K race. On the men's side, the Red Wolves finished third of 10 NCAA-I participants in the 8K Blue Division race and compiled 95 team points.
Leading the way for A-State was junior Kristina Aubert, who ran a 17:09.33 time to earn third-place honors. Junior Rexi Parcells placed 28th by running an 18:03.27 time and sophomore Abbey Dixon earned 40th place following a time of 18:18.58. Junior Tilda Helgesson clocked an 18:48.22 time for 70th place and junior Heather Newberry rounded out the scoring for the Red Wolves by posting a 19:05.09 time, which was 90th overall and 87th in team scoring. A-State came into the meet presently ranked 12th in the NCAA-I South Central Region by the United States Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
"The women ran an overall team average time about one second faster than last year," said A-State head coach Kyle Chandler. "That may not seem like a lot, but distance runners typically run faster in cooler temperatures. Given the temperatures today were about 20 degrees cooler, that one second is significant. I thought we competed well by besting our conference foes and some ranked opponents.
"Kristina Aubert stuck her nose in with a couple of All-Americans and held her own. She's running quite well and it will be interesting to see how far she can go this season," added Chandler.
The A-State men's team was paced by junior Luke Lindsley and sophomore Lance Beckman. Lindsley was the first Red Wolves' runner to cross the finish line with a 26th-place 26:19.47 time and established a new personal course mark by over 35 seconds. Beckman captured 31st place as a result of a 26:22.56 time. Sophomore Wil Norris registered 26:50.77 to place 58th while freshman Zach VanGundy ran a 27:31.41 time to garner 115th place. Freshman Kyle Somerville turned in a 27:38.03 time, which earned him 125th place among the 289 individual runners.
"The men were quite competitive today," said Chandler. "We thought if we ran solid we could go top 10 in our division of nearly 40 teams, so finishing eighth against some quality programs was really positive. The young core of runners are getting some good experiences that should serve us well as the season progresses.
"Luke Lindsley had a great race and Lance Beckman closed the gap the last mile tofinish only three seconds behind Luke. Both of them really stepped up their performance when the team needed them. That was a big plus for the men's team today," added Chandler.
Arkansas State is idle for a week before returning to action Saturday, Oct. 19. The women will have a split squad with selected individuals competing in the Indiana State Pre-Nationals Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind., while otherswill run at the UALR Invitational in Little Rock, Ark. The men's squad is slated to participate in the UALR Invite.
Women's Team Results
8. Arkansas State – 228 pts.
A-State Women's Results
3. Kristina Aubert – 17:09.33
28. Rexi Parcells – 18:03.27
40. Abbey Dixon – 18:18.58
70. Tilda Helgesson – 18:48.22
90. Heather Newberry – 19:05.09
128. Bailey Sisson-Eller – 19:48.19
143. Briane Murphy – 20:04.12
144. Chelsey Roberson – 20:05.49
157. Holly Sando – 20:34.33
166. Ashleigh Price – 21:06.01
Men's Team Results
3. Arkansas State – 95 pts.
A-State Men's Results
26. Luke Lindsley – 26:19.47
31. Lance Beckman – 26:22.56
58. Wil Norris – 26:50.77
115. Zach VanGundy – 27:31.41
125. Kyle Somerville – 27:38.03
142. Austin DeWitt – 27:49.72
161. Jesse Duvall – 28:02.93
166. Devin Reed – 28:07.81
172. Brock Westerman – 28:12.21