FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (10/5/19) – Taking on several of the top 15 teams in the NCAA South Regional, the Arkansas State cross country teams continued their strong start to the 2019 campaign on Saturday at the 31st Annual Chile Pepper Festival, held at the University of Arkansas’ Agri Park.

A-State’s men placed 11th overall in the first race with 389 points and finished as the highest-placing Sun Belt Conference team ahead of UT Arlington (17th) and Texas State (20th). In the preseason, UT Arlington was projected to win the men’s conference crown. On the women’s side, the Red Wolves finished ninth with 323 points, besting UTA (16th) and preseason conference favorite Texas State (18th).

For the second race in a row to start the season, Bennett Pascoe paced the Red Wolf men in the 8K, running a personal-best 24:36.3 with a 35th-place overall finish (32nd-place collegian). Ethan Mychaljonka was the second to cross the finish in a collegiate-best 25.12.0 in an 69th-place result, while Owen Habeger ran 25:32.8 to be the third Red Wolf to finish inside the top 100. Seth Waters (108 – 25:38.1) and John Carder (113 – 25:47.6) rounded out the top five finishers for A-State with strong personal bests, while Coleman Wilson improved upon his first collegiate mark set in the season opener, running 26:00.3. Gregoire Saury also made his Red Wolves debut, running 26:42.8.  

In the women’s 5K, Pauline Meyer was A-State’s top finisher, placing 56th in 17:47.6 edging her previous 5K best. Elizabeth Gillette (68th – 17:58.7), Sophia Oury (72nd – 18:01.8), Sophie Leathers (74th – 18:03.7) and Madison Grimm (121st – 18:36.8) rounded out the Red Wolves’ top five on the women’s side with personal-best marks.

McKenzie Cornell also ran a new personal best in the 5K with a time of 18:58.1 while Elizabeth Martin posted her first collegiate 5K mark of 18:55.2.

The Red Wolves will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 19, in a pair of meets. One contingent of A-State distance runners will head to Terre Haute, Indiana, for the 2019 Indiana State/Under Armour Pre-National Invitational while others will make the short trip to Little Rock for the Little Rock Invitational. The Pre-National meet is a yearly preview of the NCAA Championship course for the best men’s and women’s collegiate cross country runners in the nation and features 72 men’s teams and 80 women’s teams.

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RESULTS

Men’s Team Results (8K)
1. (RV) Texas – 74 points
2. Colorado School of Mines – 96
3. No. 8 Oklahoma State - 125
4. Western Colorado – 134
5. No. 25 Arkansas – 165
6. Oklahoma City – 209
7. Northwest Missouri State – 228
8. Lamar – 239
9. Cloud County CC – 260
10. Rice – 318
11. Arkansas State – 389
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17. UT Arlington – 491
19. Baylor – 507
20. Texas State – 563

Arkansas State: 35. Bennett Pascoe, 24:36.6 (32 points); 69. Ethan Mychajlonka, 25:12.0 (62); 98. Owen Habeger, 25:32.3 (87); 108. Seth Waters, 25:38.1 (96); 129. John Carder, 25:47.6 (113); 145. Coleman Wilson, 26:00.3; 217. Gregoire Saury, 26:42.8; 225. Jacob Oury, 26:51.3

Women’s Team Results (5K)
1. No. 2 Arkansas – 24 points
2. (RV) Texas – 90
3. (RV) West Virginia – 100
4. No. 19 Oklahoma State – 129
5. Tulsa – 143
6. Western Colorado – 178
7. Iowa Central CC – 222
8. South Dakota – 230
9. Arkansas State – 323
10. Baylor – 329
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16. UT Arlington – 470
18. Texas State – 500

Arkansas State: 56. Pauline Meyer, 17:47.6 (48 points); 17. Elizabeth Gillette, 17:58.7 (57); 72. Sophia Oury, 18:01.8 (60); 74. Sophie Leathers, 18:03.7 (62); 121. Madison Grimm, 18:36.8 (96); 152. Elizabeth Martin, 18:55.2; 155. McKenzie Cornell, 18:58.1; 183. Megan Adams, 19:23.5