UCA sweeps team, individual titles at UALR

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Central Arkansas swept the men’s and women’s team and individual titles at the UALR Invitational on Saturday at Murray Park.

Freshman Brooke Cassar won the women’s 5K race in a time of 16:40.03, shattering her own school record by more than 25 seconds. Senior Erika Setzler finished second (16:57.25) as UCA had five finishers in the Top 10. UCA won the meet, followed by Lousiana-Lafayette, Arkansas State, UALR, UAPB, McMurry, Arkansas Tech and Henderson State.

UCA’s Kayla Nehus finished fourth (17:54.21), while Brigette Caruthers was sixth (18:18.45) and Megan Effinger was eighth (18:34.26). Briana Stuepfort was 15th (19:17.92) and Casandra Rosas was 19th (19:40.72).

On the men’s side, senior Edward Limo won the 8K title in a time of 24:27.44 as UCA placed four runners in the Top 10. Jonathan Burgess finished third (24:54.13), while Amos Gerber was fourth (24:56.33). Corentin Louis was sixth (25:05.72). Grant Williams finished 11th (25:23.82), Albert Maeder was 13th (25:34.42) and James Leonard was 15th (25:49.58).

UCA was first, followed by UALR, Arkansas State, Louisiana-Lafayette, UAPB and McMurry.

A-State completes regular season

TERRE HAUTE, Ind., LITTLE ROCK— The Arkansas State University women’s and men’s cross country teams wrapped up their 2013 regular-season competition this Saturday (Oct. 19) at the Indiana State Pre-National Invitational and the UALR Invitational.

The A-State women’s team, featured a split squad as five individuals ran in the 50-team plus Indiana Pre-National Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind. The Red Wolves finished 45th place with a 994 team score in the highly-competitive 6K race held at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course. Arkansas State faced its stiffest competition this fall as the meet field featured 13 nationally-ranked teams, including three presently listed within the top six in the nation.

Leading the way for the regionally-ranked Red Wolves was junior Kristina Aubert, who ran a time of 20:44.56 to capture 24th-place honors. Georgetown won the blue race with 117 points while nationally second-ranked Florida State compiled 162 points to finish in second place.

The remaining contingent of A-State women’s harriers participated in the UALR Invitational at the Rebsamen Golf Course in Little Rock. The Red Wolves tallied 67 team points to place third among the five teams in the 5K race as Central Arkansas was first as a result of a 21-points team total. Junior Chelsey Roberson paced A-State with a seventh-place 18:31.12 time and was followed by freshman Brianne Murphy, who ran an 18:38.96 to wind up in 10th place. Senior Bailey Sisson-Eller was one place in back of Murphy with an 11th-place 18:41.81 time.

For the men, Arkansas State garnered third place in the five-team 8K event with 76 points. Individually, sophomore Wil Norris and junior Luke Lindsley were tops for A-State as Norris turned in a ninth-place 25:21.09 time while Lindsley ran a 10th-place 25:22.83 time. For Norris and Lindsley, those times marked personal season bests 8K race performances to date this season.

The races for Arkansas State marked the Red Wolves’ final tune-up before competing in the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Cross Country Championships, which will take place Nov. 2 in Troy, Ala.

O’Dowd takes first; Tech hosts the GAC Championships

LITTLE ROCK — Laura O’Dowd finished in front with the top time of 18:52 as the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns cross country team wrapped up their regular season schedule by finishing second at the 5K UALR Invitational in Little Rock on Saturday.

The Golden Suns finished in second with 37 points, outrunning Henderson State who finished third with 47 points and finishing behind the winners of McMurry with 36 points. For O’Dowd, this marks the junior’s first time with a first-place finish in her career with the Golden Suns.

Tech placed two more runners in the top-10 including Meagan Duncan who finished fourth with a time of 19:58 and senior Kaitlin Bounds who finished seventh with a 20:18. Cheryl Fleming clocked a 21:46.36 and Emily Stout ran a 21:46.71 to finish 12th and 13th respectively.

Tech will host the GAC Championships on Arkansas Tech’s campus in Russellville on Oct. 26.

UALR post top individual, team achievements

LITTLE ROCK – The UALR cross country teams made the most of their lone meet in Little Rock this season, putting forth strong individual and team showings at the Rebsamen Golf Course on Saturday.

Senior Shaun Koehn was the second-place finisher on the men’s side, completing his 8K race in 24:43.25. For the Trojans women, Emma Dahl was third overall in 17:40.75 to lead UALR.

Because the race was run against teams from the NCAA’s Division II, it was scored as separate dual meets. The Trojan men defeated Arkansas State 17-39, Louisiana 16-40 and UAPB 15-50. Central Arkansas was the only team to defeat the Trojan men, taking first, third, fourth and sixth place overall on its way to a dual-meet win by a score of 23 to 33.

George Gathuru was the second finisher for the Trojans, taking fifth overall in 25:04.45. He was followed closely by John Vodacek in seventh with a time of 25:05.96 and Markus Pearson in eighth with a time of 25:13.03. Joseph Aguilar (14th, 25:33.73) was the final scorer for the Trojans.

The women fell in dual scoring to Central Arkansas, Arkansas State and Louisiana. However, the Trojans did top UAPB by a score of 19-28, taking four of the first five places in that dual race and six of the top eight.

Besides Dahl’s third-place overall finish, the Trojans got a 14th-place showing from Rebekah Gibbons in 19:11.87, a 21st-place finish from Tori Copeland in 19:55.25 and a 25th-place showing by Brianne Mitchell.

UALR will return to action in two weekends when it runs in the Sun Belt Conference Championship. The Trojans men won the race last season.