Track and field, cross country show great improvement
Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 17, 2013 18:10
This Saturday, A-State’s top five women’s cross country runners will compete in Indiana, while the rest of the women’s and men’s cross country teams travel to Little Rock to race in the UALR invitational.
The track and field and cross country teams have shown out throughout their season so far compared to the past years.
Both the women and men teams have finished in the top five, three of the four meets they have competed in.
The women have triumphantly finished with the gold two times and the men have finished with it once.
“I think Coach Chandler has really helped transform the distance program since he has been here,” senior captain Bailey Sisson-Eller said. “He knows so much about running and if we do what he asks us to do we get faster. He is such a great coach.”
The Red Wolves head cross country and assistant track and field coach for distance runners, Kyle Chandler, has been slowly and impressively improving the program for five years now.
“Since my freshman year till now, the cross country program has dramatically changed,” fifth year senior captain Ethan Turpen said.
Chandler has coached the men’s team to 23 all-conference honors and one Sun Belt championship.
He has guided the women’s squad to 45 all-conference honors, which includes five championships and one Sun Belt Conference Meet record.
“It was not as big and did not have much focus put into it, but now the program has increased in size,” Turpen con-
“We have a real great distance coach to lead our team to better positions in our conference.”
The women’s cross country program has now earned their highest ranking ever in the NCAA Division I.
They are ranked at eighth place in the South Central Region ranking, blowing their preseason region poll pick to finish out of the water.
“I think we will continue to improve throughout the end of the season,” Sisson-Eller said.
“Each person on our team has great work ethic and we all push each other to continue to get better. We have a great team dynamic and I feel very blessed to be part of the team.”
The men’s cross country team was chosen to finish seventh in the Sun Belt Conference.
“From the looks of our guys and how well they have been performing, I have no doubt that they have every bit of chance to be at least top 3 in conference,” Turpen said.
The next and final three track and field and cross country meets are of high importance to the season.
A-State will compete in Troy, Al. for the Sun Belt Conference Championship on Nov. 2., and on Nov. 15 they will run for the NCAA South Central Regional’s in Waco, Texas.
The outdoor season will wrap up in Terre Haute, Ind. on Nov. 23 with the NCAA Championships.