SMYRNA, Tenn. (3/17/17) – The Arkansas State women’s bowling team registered a total pinfall of 5,084 for a 203.4 per game average to find itself on top of the standings after the first day of the Columbia 300 Music City Classic being hosted by Vanderbilt at the Smyrna Bowling Center in Smyrna, Tenn.

A-State’s total pinfall leads the standings with McKendree’s 5,049 and Fairleigh Dickinson’s 5,005 placing second and third, respectively. The top five is rounded out by Vandy’s 4,981 and Delaware State’s 4,951.

“Tomorrow we need to find a way to hit the burn of the lanes better,” A-State head women’s bowling coach Justin Kostick said. “Normally we have good success on the burn, but today we hit the fresh part of the lanes better. Obviously this is an elite field and we got off to a good start and need to continue that into Saturday.”

The Red Wolves posted a 4-1 record to improve to 73-29 on the season and began the day with a 1,126-897 win over No. 25 St. Francis College (N.Y.). The team dropped the second match of the day to No. 6 Fairleigh Dickinson 1,110-1,044, but rebounded for a 1,019-964 triumph over No. 12 Monmouth. A-State closed the day with wins over No. 19 Prairie View A&M (984-900) and Alabama State (911-806).

Saturday’s competition will feature five traditional team matches beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Fans can keep up with the Arkansas State women’s bowling team by following the squad on Twitter (@stAtebowling) and by liking the Arkansas State Women’s Bowling page on Facebook.