LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (10/14/17) – In the final tune-up ahead of the Sun Belt Conference Championships, the Arkansas State University women’s cross country team won the Little Rock Invitational while the men’s squad finished third.

Anaelle Charles continued her stellar season with a second place finish in the individual standings. She finished the 5k course in 17:55.08, leading three Red Wolves that placed inside the top-10. Elizabeth Gillette was fourth (18:30.89) while Sammy Brainard crossed 10th (19:10.45). Pauline Meyer (19:14.53) narrowly missed the top-10 as she finished 11th and Rebecca Eldien rounded out the top five finishers for A-State as she placed 13th with a time of 19:22.17

“Temperatures today were a challenge in both races, but we had good performances,” said A-State cross country coach Kyle Chandler. “With one exception, all who ran on the course last year had better times this year. The quality depth on the women’s team helped earn the tie breaker in the traditional scoring format. On the men’s side, we had several who ran their fastest 8k time of the season despite the warm temperatures, which was very good to see.”

The meet was scored as a dual scoring meet with the A-State women going 3-1 on the day. In traditional scoring, the Red Wolves won via a tiebreaker. In dual scoring, A-State earned wins over UAPB (15-50), Oral Roberts (16-45) and Little Rock (26-33) while coming up just short to Central Arkansas (27-28). On the men’s side, A-State earned wins against UAPB (15-46) and Oral Roberts (15-50), but fell short of Central Arkansas (25-32) and Little Rock (20-35).

Seth Waters led the men’s squad as he finished the 8k course in 26:21.45 to rank fifth in the final standings. Bennett Pascoe joined Waters in the top-10 as he placed ninth in 26:45.49. Jacob Oury (12th – 27:08.96), Rickus Jacobs (15th – 27:28.44) and John Carder (16th – 27:37.91) rounded out the top five for the men’s team.

A-State heads to Boone, N.C., for the Sun Belt Conference Championships on October 28. The NCAA South Central Regional is set for November 10 in College Station, Texas with the NCAA Championships on November 18 in Louisville, Ky.