Men’s XC Takes Fifth at Memphis Twilight Classic

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AState Men's XC Memphis

COURTESY: Arkansas State

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (8/31/14) – The Arkansas State University men’s cross country team began its 2014 season with a fifth-place performance at the 12th Annual BROOKS Memphis Twilight Classic late Saturday (Aug. 30) night in Memphis, Tenn.

The Red Wolves recorded 143 points to claim fifth in the 12-team field.  Ole Miss and Mississippi State shared first place with 49 points apiece followed by Central Arkansas with a third-place 72 points total.  Memphis placed fourth by chalking up a 101 team score.

Junior Wil Norris was A-State’s top finisher with a time of 20:33.98 to take eighth place.  Junior Lance Beckman posted a 21:24.93 time for 33rd place and sophomore Zach VanGundy finished one place behind Beckman, earning 34th overall with a time of 21:26.19 among 129 participants on the four mile Mike Rose Complex course.

Freshman Josh Wojciechowski ran a 21:46.30 time in his collegiate debut to place 41st and sophomore Mark Talarico crossed the finish line in 55th place following a 22:16.12 time.

A-State, under coaches Jim Patchell and Kyle Chandler, improved upon its sixth-place showing at the 2013 BROOKS Memphis Twilight Classic in which the Red Wolves accumulated 127 points.

Arkansas State will have a week off before taking part in the Saint Louis Big River Festival meet Friday, Sept. 12, at St. Louis, Mo.  The 6K men’s race is slated to get underway at 5:15 p.m. (CT) on the Central Fields Forest Park course with Saint Louis University hosting the meet.

A-State Men’s Cross Country Results

8. Wil Norris – 20:33.98

33. Lance Beckman – 21:24.93

34. Zach VanGundy – 21:26.19

41. Josh Wojciechowski – 21:46.30

55. Mark Talarico – 22:16.12

71. Jesse Duvall – 22:39.36

80. Cain Farnam – 22:51.34

84. Rhett Raibley – 22:58.97

85. Brennan Koester – 23:06.43

99. Andre Walker – 23:32.31

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