MEMPHIS, Tenn. (9/16/17) – The Arkansas State women’s cross country team (50 points) ran to victory at the Rhodes Invitational contested at Shelby Farms Park Saturday morning. The men’s squad (107 points) was led by five freshmen to a fourth place finish.
“We are so pleased the women won the meet,” said A-State cross country coach Kyle Chandler. “They were able to win by staying disciplined in the execution of the race plan. Anaelle (Charles) and Elizabeth (Gillette) did a great job working with one another throughout the race. Sammy (Brainard) had a great last mile picking up seven spots and combined with Rebecaa (Eldien) picking up four spots, those two were the difference in us winning.”
For the second-consecutive meet, sophomore Anaelle Charles paced the women’s squad. Charles raced to a time of 18:34.4 on the 5,000-meter course to finish second among the collegiate racers. Sophomore Elizabeth Gillette joined the top-five, clocking a time of 18:45.1 to place fourth. Sophomore Sammy Brainard (19:14.9) finished ninth while freshman Pauline Meyer (19:40.6) and junior Rebecca Eldien (19:41.5) finished 17th and 18th, respectively.
On the men’s side, freshman Seth Waters once again led A-State to a top-five finish in the team standings. Waters completed the 8,000-meter course in 26:37.2 to place 10th in the individual standings. Freshman Bennett Pascoe (26.46.3) was 13th with freshman Jacob Oury (26:52.0) on his heels in 15th. Freshman John Carder (27:36.9) and freshman Chase Sarver (28:02.8) rounded out the top-five finishers for the Red Wolves.
“Our top three runners did a fantastic job working with each other throughout the race,” said Chandler. “Today’s result was an improvement over the Memphis Twilight race a couple of weeks ago. Seth (Waters), Bennett (Pascoe) and Jacob (Oury) have the three best times on the course. Even though we were without two of our top runners, we were hoping to finish higher up in the standings. That said, our men’s team ran quite a bit faster compared to last season.”
A-State has next weekend off before returning to competition September 30 at the Greater Louisville Classic.