Lady Reddies place 9th at GAC championship

RUSSELLVILLE =— Alicia Zack finished in 21st place to lead Henderson State to an eighth-place finish at the 2013 Great American Conference Women’s Cross Country Championships in Russellville.

Zack ran the 5 kilometer course in a time of 20:03 as the only one to finish in the Top 25.

Harding won the team title for the second time in three years.

Henderson State totaled 195 points with Arkansas-Monticello ending in ninth with 271 points.

Zaborowska wins second title as Harding wins GAC Championship

RUSSELLVILLE — The Harding Lady Bisons placed three runners in the top four to claim their second Great American Conference Cross Country Championship in three years.

It was the 20th conference championship in program history.

Harding finished with 21 points, 28 points ahead of second-place Southern Arkansas.

Harding junior Ewa Zaborowska claimed the individual conference title for the second straight season in 17 minutes, 45.8 seconds. She finished the 5k race just over 37 seconds ahead of the next runner. It was Zaborowska’s second victory of the season, and her fourth time leading the Lady Bisons.

Lady Bison junior Dallis Bailey finished second in 18:23.1. The second-place finish and her time of 18:23.1 were both the best of her career.

Freshman Amber Webb (4th), junior Rachel Roberts (8th), and sophomore Kelsey Taylor (9th) all finished in the Top 10 and were scoring runners for the Lady Bisons. Each of Harding’s top five runners earned 1st Team All-GAC honors.

Lady Bison sophomore Tammy Kim placed 13th, sophomore Sarah Shepherd was 14th, and junior Amber Priest placed 16th. All three earned 2nd Team All-GAC.

Other runners for the Lady Bisons included: Katy Jacobs (24th) and Caitlyn McMinn (25th) rounded out the Top 25 for the Lady Bisons.

The Lady Bisons will next compete in the NCAA Division II Central Region Championships on Nov. 9 in Sioux Falls, S.D.

HU men’s team wins GAC Championship

RUSSELLVILLE — The Harding men’s cross country team had five runners finish in the top nine to win its first Great American Conference Cross Country Championship on Saturday hosted by Arkansas Tech University.

It was the 40th conference championship for the Harding’s men since the program started in 1962.

Harding finished with 21 points, 15 points better than second place East Central.

Senior Andrew Evans finished first with a time of 24 minutes, 56.9 seconds. It was his second first place finish of the season and his fourth time to lead the Bisons. Evans was Harding’s first individual conference champion since Daniel Kirwa won the Gulf South Conference title in 2010.

Junior Lajos Farkas, senior Taylor Lively, and senior Matthew Cumpian finished third, fourth and fifth respectively.

Freshman Dawid Konieczek finished ninth as the final scoring runner for the Bisons. Each of Harding’s top five finishers earned 1st Team All-GAC honors.

Harding junior Logan Green placed 14th and earned 2nd Team All-GAC.

Other Top 25 finishers for the Bisons include: freshman Russell Chase (17th), freshman Daniel Evans (18th), freshman Luke Goodspeed (23rd) and freshman Mesa Allison (24th).

Harding will next compete in the NCAA Division II Central Region Championship on Nov. 9 in Sioux Falls, S.D.

O’Dowd earns all-conference honors as Suns finish fifth

RUSSELLVILLE — Spectators lined the course as Laura O’Dowd finished fifth overall with a personal-best time of 18:39 to earn All-Conference first team honors while the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns cross country team finished fifth at the Great American Conference Championships hosted by Arkansas Tech on Tech’s campus on Saturday.

The Golden Suns ran the 5K course in a time of 1:40:38 and finished with 120 points.

Meagan Duncan and Cheryl Fleming finished just outside the top 20, coming in 22nd and 23rd.

Tech will conclude their season at the NCAA D-II Regional in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on Nov. 9.

Geschwentner leads Lady Lions to fourth

FORT SMITH — Junior Kelsea Geschwentner paced the UAFS women’s cross country team throughout the regular season, and she didn’t miss a step in the postseason Heartland Conference Meet.

Geschwentner posted a 13th-place overall finish to lead UAFS to a fourth-place finish in the 6k event, which was hosted by Dallas Baptist at Mansfield, Texas.

Dallas Baptist won the event with 20 points, followed by University of Texas of the Permian Basin (55), Newman (75), UAFS (102), Oklahoma Panhandle State (134) and Texas A&M International (160).

Geschwentner covered the course in 22:22.5 to lead the UAFS contingent and earn Honorable Mention All-Heartland Conference honors.

UAFS had seven other runners compete, but none finished in the Top 25. Dallas Baptist had runners finish in the Top 3 spots.

Earnests pace UAFS

FORT SMITH — Senior twin brother TaTaris and TaBaris Earnest posted Top 30 finishes on Saturday to led the UAFS men’s cross country team to a fourth-place finish in the 8k Heartland Conference Meet hosted by Dallas Baptist University in Mansfield, Texas.

UAFS scored 97 points in the event, which featured active and provisional NCAA Division II members of the conference. The Lions finished 69 points behind meet host and winner Dallas Baptist.

Newman finished second with 33 points, followed by the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (95), UAFS, Texas A&M International (111) and Oklahoma Panhandle State (161).

TaTaris Earnest covered the course in a time of 26:38.6 and finished 21st overall, while TaBaris Earnest posted a time of 26:52 and finished 24th, as the only two runners from UAFS to place in the Top 25.