Cross Country

Cassar wins Memphis Twilight for UCA

MEMPHIS — University of Central Arkansas sophomore Brooke Cassar won Saturday night’s Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic at the Mike Rose Complex, leading the UCA women to a tie for third place. UCA’s men finished third overall, with Edward Limo and Jonathan Burgess placing in the Top 10.

Cassar ran a 17:26.81 to take the women’s title, breaking the school 5K record by more than 35 seconds. Senior Erika Setzler also broke the record, finishing fourth in 17:40.75. Senior Kayle Nehus (12th, 18:24.74), freshman Marine Lecart (22nd, 19:08.13) and freshman Bridgette Caruthers (24th, 19:14.36) all finished in the Top 25 of 156 runners.

Mississippi State won the event with 44 points, followed by Ole Miss (53), with UCA tying Arkansas State for third (62). Austin Peay was fifth (149), Morehead State was sixth (160), Memphis was seventh (186) and Mississippi Valley State was eighth (226).

On the men’s side, senior Limo finished sixth in a time of 21:46.57 over the 4.2-mile distance. Burgess, a junior, was ninth in a time of 21:56.62, while senior Amos Gerber was 19th (22:16.40) and junior Connor Ryan was 20th (22:22.26).

UCA finished third with 68 points, trailing Mississippi State (55) and Morehead State (60). UCA finished ahead of Memphis, Ole Miss, Arkansas State, Austin Peay and Mississippi Valley State in the meet, which was scored only for NCAA Division I squads.

Red Wolves place sixth, ties for third

MEMPHIS — Arkansas State University women’s cross country team came away with a third-place tying performance while the men took sixth place in its season-opening appearance at the Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic Saturday night.

The A-State women’s team compiled 62 points to tie Central Arkansas for third-place honors in the eight-team field. Mississippi State won the meet with a first-place 44 points and Ole Miss tallied 53 points to earn second place.

Individually, junior Kristina Aubert paced the Red Wolves with a second-place 17:30.34 time in the 5K race while junior Rexi Parcells’ time of 18:10.10 was good for eighth place. Sophomore Abbey Dixon ran a time of 18:26.67 to claim 13th-place honors. Junior Tilda Helgesson would finish 19th with an 18:56.33 time and junior Heather Newberry was 20th after crossing the finish line in a time of 18:56.73.

The meet, which was held on the four-mile plus Mike Rose Soccer Park course, saw Arkansas State register 127 points to claim sixth in the eight-team field.

Sophomore Wil Norris was A-State’s top finisher as he ran the course in a time of 22:02.93 to garner 12th place. Sophomore Lance Beckman also cracked the top 25 with generating a 22:29.30 time to earn 24th place.


Seahawks resign Powell to practice squad

SEARCY — One day after being waived by the Seattle Seahawks on the final day of cuts, Ty Powell, former Harding defensive end, is back with the team as a member of its practice squad.

Powell was among 22 players waived or released Saturday by the Seattle Seahawks as National Football League teams reduced their rosters to 53 players.

Powell, a native of Marina, Calif., played in three of the Seahawks’ four preseason games at defensive end and had nine tackles, including two sacks. In 2012, Powell led Harding with 13.0 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. He became the fifth Harding player taken in the NFL Draft when the Seahawks selected in the 7th Round.

Harding opens season at SW Okla. State

SEARCY — The Harding football team will open the 2013 season Thursday in Weatherford, Okla., against the same team it ended the 2012 regular season against — Southwestern Oklahoma State. Kickoff at Fast Lane Field will be at 6:30 p.m.

The game will air live in Searcy on KVHU 95.3-FM with Billy Morgan and Jerry Mote on the call. Live audio and statistics will be available through a link on

Harding won last season’s game 38-7 in Searcy in its last game before earning its first-ever bid to the NCAA Division II playoffs.

Harding has 37 letterwinners returning off last seasons’ team that finished 9-2 overall, 7-1 (2nd place) in the Great American Conference. Harding returns eight players who started last season on offense and one (Erik Ragsdale) on defense.

Thursday’s game is the first of 10 GAC games for the Bisons. The 2013 season will be the first in program history that every game of the regular season is a conference game.

A-State heads to Auburn

Arkansas State will carry a nine-game winning streak into its first road game of the season this weekend, facing Auburn on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium in a Fox Sports Net televised game at 6:30 p.m.

Every A-State game can be heard live on 107.9 FM in the Jonesboro area and the live radio broadcast can be accessed through the Arkansas State athletics Web site (

A-State, the back-to-back Sun Belt Conference champions, claimed a season-opening win for the first time since 2009 with a 62-11 victory over UAPB. A-State will be looking for its first 2-0 start since 2008, but will have to defeat an SEC opponent for the first time to get there.

The Red Wolves will carry a four-game road winning streak into Saturday’s game, while Auburn is coming off a 31-24 home victory over Washington State in Gus Malzahn’s debut as the Tigers head coach.

While Arkansas State and Auburn will meet for the third time ever on Saturday, it will mark the first time the Tigers won’t enter a game against the Red Wolves with a national top-25 ranking. A-State suffered a 27-0 setback in 2006 when Auburn was ranked No. 6 and fell 52-26 to the eventual national champions when they were No. 22 in 2010.


A-State drops final matches at invitational

COLUMBIA — The Arkansas State volleyball team dropped to 0-4 on the season after losing to South Dakota (2-2) by a score of 3-1 (25-23, 25-16, 23-25, 25-18) and falling to host Missouri (4-0) by a count of 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-16) Saturday at the Mizzou Tiger Invitational.

In the South Dakota contest, Sadie Clark recorded 13 kills and Kelsey Sullivan added 10 to lead the Red Wolves in that category. Mallory Warrington paced ASU by handing out 23 assists, while Jackie Gerig added 18 assists of her own. Megan Baska had 19 digs in the match and Sullivan registered three blocks to lead the Red Wolves defensively.

Clark led A-State with nine kills and Sullivan had eight kills with a .467 attack percentage in the match against Missouri. Gerig dished out 14 assists and Warrington added eight of her own to lead the Red Wolves in that category. Defensively, Baska recorded 13 digs, while Hannah McRee registered two blocks.

Sullivan earned All-Tournament honors after tallying 33 kills with a .360 hitting percentage and recording seven blocks on the weekend.

Arkansas State returns to action in the Ole Miss Magnolia Invitational Sept. 6 with matches against Georgia Southern at 1:30 p.m. and Kennesaw State at 5 p.m. in Oxford, Miss.

Cerrillos records 39 assists in scrimmage

RUSSELLVILLE — Senior Amber Cerrillos turned in a 39-assist, 12-dig effort, senior Stephanie Channell had 14 kills, sophomore Morgan McKellar collected 18 digs, and freshman Morgan Hatwig turned in a 11-kill effort during the Green and Gold Scrimmage Saturday morning in Tucker Coliseum.

The Gold team took the scrimmage after winning 3-1 against the Green (26-24, 23-25, 26-24, 15-10).

Freshman Shannon Helm had 12 kills, freshman McCall wilkins had nine, freshman Kaylee Konsella and junior transfer Emily Todd both turned in a 10-kill effort, senior Sara Motsinger totaled eight kills, while sophomore Kaci Jackson and freshman Haley Owen each had seven kills. Junior Sierra Nighswonger dished out 42 assists with six digs, while sophomore Heidi Hausheer dished out 26 assists and 15 digs.

The Golden Suns will officially kick off the season at the Drury/La Quinta Kick Off Classic in Springfield, Mo. on Friday, September 6.


Harding dedicates new complex

SEARCY — Harding University will dedicate the recently completed Stevens Soccer Complex on Thursday at 3 p.m. The ceremony will precede Harding’s women’s and men’s soccer doubleheader that begins at 5 p.m.

The Stevens Soccer Complex is named in honor of Mark and Angela Stevens, both 1985 graduates of Harding and natives of Arlington, Texas. The Stevens’ were the lead donors on projects at the Harding soccer field that feature a new building for locker rooms, coaches’ offices and athletic training facilities, a new playing surface, and a new spectator seating area.