JONESBORO, Ark. (8/28/19) – Although Arkansas State’s cross country season is not slated to begin until Sept. 21, the Sun Belt Conference announced its preseason coaches’ poll and runners to watch for the 2019 campaign.

In the preseason poll, the league’s coaches picked the A-State women to finish third in the conference, with the men’s team predicted to finish eighth. Last season, the Red Wolves finished third as a team in the women’s 5K while the men finished eighth in the 8K.

Pauline Meyer, A-State’s No. 2 finisher at the conference meet a year ago, was listed as one of the league’s Top 7 Women’s Runners to Watch after earning an eighth-place finish.

The Red Wolves open the 2019 cross country season on Sept. 21 in Memphis at the Rhodes Invitational. On the men’s side, A-State returns all seven runners from the conference championships, while the women return four of their seven competitors.

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Top 7 Women’s Cross Country Runners to Watch

Izzy Evely, Appalachian State

Samantha Kolor, Appalachian State

Pauline Meyer, Arkansas State

Lisha Van Onselen, Coastal Carolina

Andonet Cheruiyot, South Alabama

Sydney Cole, Texas State

Leslie Romero, Texas State


Women’s Cross Country Predicted Order of Finish

1. Texas State

2. Appalachian State

3. Arkansas State

4. Georgia State

5. South Alabama

6. Coastal Carolina

7. Troy

8. UT Arlington

9. Georgia Southern

10. Little Rock

11. Louisiana

12. ULM


Top 7 Men’s Cross Country Runners to Watch

Gable Dershem, Appalachian State

Dakota Mendenhall, Appalachian State

Adriaan Wildschutt, Coastal Carolina

Nadeel Wildschutt, Coastal Carolina

Warno Potgieter, South Alabama

Justin Domangue, UT Arlington

Jared Lautenslager, UT Arlington


Men’s Cross Country Predicted Order of Finish

1. UT Arlington

2. Appalachian State

3. Coastal Carolina

4. South Alabama

5. Texas State

6. Troy

7. Louisiana

8. Arkansas State

9. Little Rock

10. ULM