MOBILE, Ala. (10/27/18) – Led by top-10 finishes by Anaelle Charles and Pauline Meyer, the Arkansas State women’s cross country team placed third at the Sun Belt Conference Cross Country Championships Saturday morning.  

Charles paced the women’s squad as she completed the 5k course in 17:31.11, the fourth-fastest time in program history at the SBC Championships, to place third. With the third place finish, Charles earns First Team All-Sun Belt honors, the first to earn such honors since Abbey Dixon placed third in the 2015 SBC Championships.

Meyer joined Charles among the top-10 finishers as she raced to a time of 17:51.2 to place eighth and earn Second Team All-Sun Belt accolades. Her time ranks seventh-fastest among A-State runners at the SBC Championships and her eighth place finish gives her and Charles top-10 finishes in back-to-back seasons.

Sammy Brainard (22nd – 18:30.1), Sophia Oury (26th – 18:41.3) and Rebecca Eldien (27th – 18:48.2) rounded out the top five scorers to give A-State 86 points in the team standings. Appalachian State narrowly won the SBC Women’s Championship with 45 points, just ahead of Texas State which scored 46 points.

"Overall, the women ran solid, but needed to run great to win conference," said A-State cross country coach Kyle Chandler. "Anaelle and Pauline did a nice job of moving up during the race and through their efforts earned all-conference honors." 

The A-State men finished eighth in the team standings with 187 points. UT Arlington won the men’s race with a team score of 66 points. Heinrich Herbst paced the Red Wolves with a finish of 26:26.0 over the 8k course, the sixth-fastest time in program history at the SBC Championships. Seth Waters (34th – 26:27.3), Ethan Mychajlonka (36th – 26:33.0), Owen Habeger (41st – 26:55.4) and Jacob Oury (44th – 27:02.1) rounded out the top five scorers for A-State.

"The men overall did not run bad, but they were a bit off," said Chandler. "With the parity in the conference this fall, the difference between running well and being a bit off was between third and eighth place. A couple of bright spots were Ethan and Heinrich. Although he finished third on the team, Ethan ran aggressively and was the team leader midway through the race and until near the end. Heinrich was injured during cross country last season, so this was his first cross country championship in the last two years. What is also impressive is he had another surgery over the summer and really wasn't able to begin training regularly until school started in August. He showed up today and competed well. Two weeks ago he was our No. 6 runner and today he was our top finisher." 

The Red Wolves return to action Friday, November 9 in College Station, Texas, for the NCAA South Central Regional.

2018 Sun Belt Conference Cross Country Championships

Women’s Team Standings
1. Appalachian State (45)
2. Texas State (46)
3. Arkansas State (86)
4. Georgia State (143)
5. South Alabama (166)
6. Coastal Carolina (179)
7. Troy (184)
8. Little Rock (186)
9. Georgia Southern (214)
10. UT Arlington (263)
11. Louisiana (294)
12. ULM (322)

Individual Results
3. Anaelle Charles – 17:31.2 (First Team All-Sun Belt)
8. Pauline Meyer – 17:51.2 (Second Team All-Sun Belt)
22. Sammy Brainard – 18:30.1
26. Sophia Oury – 18:41.3
27. Rebecca Eldien – 18:48.2
32. Kyandra Chandler – 18:59.3
40. Madison Grimm – 19:13.3

Men’s Team Standings
1. UT Arlington (66)
2. Appalachian State (76)
3. Troy (90)
4. Coastal Carolina (92)
5. Texas State (104)
6. Louisiana (131)
7. South Alabama (146)
8. Arkansas State (187)
9. ULM (244)
10. Little Rock (283)

Individual Results
32. Heinrich Herbst – 26:26.0
34. Seth Waters – 26:27.3
36. Ethan Mychajlonka – 26:33.0
41. Owen Habeger – 26:55.4
44. Jacob Oury – 27:02.1
46. Bennett Pascoe – 27:11.3
49. John Carder – 27:23.3