A-State Women's Cross Country earns highest final region ranking ever

From Arkansas State University

The Arkansas State University women's cross country team capped off its best season in the program's history with yet another record-setting accomplishment as the Red Wolves finished a program-highest eighth place in the final 2013 NCAA Division I South Central Region Rankings.

The Red Wolves moved up two places in the seventh and final region rankings poll (Nov. 15), which is administered through the United States Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).  A-State, coached by Jim Patchell and Kyle Chandler, was listed 10th in the previous poll (Nov. 4) thisfall and had achieved the program's highest regional ranking ever at eighth in the Oct. 7 rankings poll.

Arkansas State registered a program all-time high eighth-place showing at the 2013 NCAA-I South Central Regional Championships last Friday (Nov. 15) in Waco, Texas with a 225-team points total.  Prior to the noteworthy performance, the Red Wolves claimed their first Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Championship with a first-place 50 points in the 2013 conference meet (Nov. 2) at Troy, Ala.

A season ago (Oct. 29), A-State concluded the campaign ranked ninth in the final NCAA South Central Region Poll before going on to place ninth in the 2012 NCAA South Central Regional Championships meet (Nov. 9) in Fayetteville, Ark.

THE USTFCCCA Regional Cross Country Rankings are determined subjectively by a lone member coach in each respective region.