JONESBORO, Ark. (A-State) - The 2013 Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Champion Arkansas State University women's cross country team continues to be among the top 10 NCAA Division I South Central Region teams according to the results of the most recent United States Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Regional Rankings, released this Monday (Nov. 4).
Arkansas State is listed in 10th place for the second consecutive time despite the Red Wolves taking the top honor in the 2013 Sun Belt ConferenceCross Country Championships held this past Saturday (Nov. 2) in Troy, Ala. A-State produced a first-place 50-points total in the 5K conference meet race as the Red Wolves placed four runners among the top 13 finishers led by individual meet champion Kristina Aubert.
A redshirt junior, Aubert became the first A-State harrier to win a conference meet and was honored as an all-conference performer for the second straight season. Junior Rexi Parcells finished sixth to earn second-team all-league kudos two years in a row. Claiming all-conference third-team accolades were sophomore Abbey Dixon and junior Tilda Helgesson, who placed 11th and 13th respectively in the SBC Championships meet.
Earlier this fall, A-State achieved the program's highest regional ranking ever at eighth in the Oct. 7 poll results. The Red Wolves, coached by Jim Patchell and Kyle Chandler, were picked 10th in the USTFCCCA's 2013 Preseason South Central Region Rankings. Chandler was recognized as the Sun Belt Conference's Coach of the Year for guiding A-State to the conference meet title.
The USTFCCCA Regional Cross Country Rankings are determined subjectively by a lone member coach in each respective region. The regional representative is tasked with weighing returning team strength with current season results in determining predicted team finishes at the NCAA-I Regional Championships.
The Red Wolves' women's and men's teams will now prepare for the 2013 NCAA-I South Central Regional Championships to be held Friday, Nov. 15, at the Cottonwood Creek Golf Course in Waco, Texas. Baylor University is serving as the meet host.