MEMPHIS, Tenn. (9/21/19) – In the season opener for Arkansas State cross country, both squads earned top-five finishes at the Rhodes Cross Country Invitational on Saturday morning at Shelby Farms Park.

A-State’s men earned a third-place finish with 109 points, while the women placed fourth as a squad with 107 points.

“I’m super excited,” cross country coach Jesse Duvall said. “I’m very cautiously optimistic about how we opened up. I thought we opened up in about the kind of shape I expected, and today sets us up well moving forward. I’m happy that we waited this long to get started. I feel like we had a great training block moving into this race, so we’ll see where we go from here.”

Bennett Pascoe paced the Red Wolf men in the 8K, running a personal-best 24:45.7 en route to an eighth-place finish. Owen Habeger was the second to cross the finish in a collegiate-best 25.21.3 in an 18th-place result, while Ethan Mychaljonka clocked a personal-best 25:48.7 to finish 28th. Seth Waters (31st – 25:53.7) and Jacob Oury (34th – 26:03.1) rounded out the top five for the A-State men, with Oury running a personal-best 6K time.

John Carder (26:11.7) and Garrett Becker (28:24.5) also achieved collegiate-best marks, while Coleman Wilson earned a 42nd-place finish in 26:12.8 in his collegiate debut.

In the women’s 6K, Pauline Meyer was A-State’s top finisher, placing seventh in 21:42.1, edging her previous 6K best. Elizabeth Gillette (17th – 22:03.5), Sophia Oury (23rd – 22:17.6), Sophie Leathers (29th – 22:30.0) and freshman Elizabeth Martin (22:44.1) rounded out the Red Wolves’ top five on the women’s side.

Oury’s mark set a collegiate best, while Madison Grimm also clocked a personal best of 22:51.6 in her 42nd-place finish.

The Red Wolves will be back in action on Oct. 5, in Fayetteville, Arkansas, at the 31st annual Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival, held at the University of Arkansas cross country course – the site of the 2019 NCAA South Central Regional Championships.

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RESULTS

Men’s Team Results (Top 10)
1. Tulsa – 20
2. Memphis – 63
3. Arkansas State – 109
4. Emory – 117
5. Cincinnati – 138
6. Oglethorpe – 210
7. Rhodes – 236
8. Mississippi College – 240
9. Centre – 255
10. Union (Tenn.) – 271

Arkansas State: 8. Bennett Pascoe, 24:45.7; 18. Owen Habeger, 25:21.3; 28. Ethan Mychajlonka, 25:48.7; 31. Seth Waters, 25:53.7; 34. Jacob Oury, 26:03.1; 40. John Carder, 26:11.7; 42. Coleman Wilson, 26:12.8; 105. Sean Adams, 27:49.0; 111. Alejandro Vargas, 28:00.0; 133. Garrett Becker, 28:24.5

Women’s Team Results (Top 10)
1. Tulsa – 21
2. Cincinnati – 67
3. Memphis – 72
4. Arkansas State – 107
5. Centre – 188
6. Emory – 196
7. Union (Tenn.) – 200
8. Mississippi College – 230
9. Rhodes – 290
10. Kentucky Wesleyan – 300

Arkansas State: 7. Pauline Meyer, 21:42.1; 17. Elizabeth Gillette, 22:03.5; 23. Sophia Oury, 22:17.6; 29. Sophie Leathers, 22:30.0; 37. Elizabeth Martin, 22:44.1; 41. McKenzie Cornell, 22:50.5; 42. Madison Grimm, 22:51.6; 65. Megan Adams, 23:55.3; 79. Emily Efurd, 24:26.7; 82. Jessica Weiss, 24:30.0; 85. JeLynn Tatum, 24:32.4; 89. Eva Wilk, 24:37.2; 92. Hannah Shelby, 24:44.7; 109. Heidi Hauptman, 25:29.0; Kayla Wade, DNF