FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (11/11/2016) – The Arkansas State women’s cross country team closed the 2016 season with a 17th place finish at the NCAA South Central Regional Friday.

“The team ran solid and was able to edge past Sun Belt foe UT-Arlington reversing and improving their placing from conference,” said A-State cross country coach Kyle Chandler. “With this solid outing, this young team certainly gains some momentum going into the track season and experience that will serve them well for next fall's cross country campaign.”

Freshman Elizabeth Gillette again paced the Red Wolves to close out a strong freshman campaign. Gillette had a time of 22:35.5 in the first 6k of the season for A-State to place 61st overall, the ninth-best finish in program history. Freshman Anaelle Charles was second among Red Wolves in the field with an 86th place overall time of 23:17.9 to rank tied for the 11th-best finish for an A-State runner at the NCAA Regional.

“For the women's team this was their first 6K of the season, and while they admitted it was difficult, I think they ran tough,” Chandler added. “Elizabeth once again led the team and competed well. Anaelle and Sammy (Brainard) really did a nice job of moving up throughout the race.  From the mile mark Anaelle caught 33 runners and Sammy picked up 20 runners. Erin Nunan picked up 10 people in the No. 4 spot. And a great race by Hannah Shelby in the No. 5 spot helped secure the No. 17 team finish out of the 37 teams.”

The A-State track and field indoor season gets underway Friday, Dec. 2 with the A-State Kickoff Klassic at the Convocation Center.