ATHLETICS

Peterson withdrawal from UNLV AD search

LITTLE ROCK — UALR Director of Athletics Chris Peterson has announced his withdrawal from the search for the new Director of Athletics position at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Peterson informed UNLV President Dr. Neal J. Smatresk of his intentions to remain at UALR earlier this evening.

"I am happy to announce my plans to continue as Director of Athletics at UALR. I am fortunate to work for a university with tremendous leadership and a great staff. UALR, its fans and the Central Arkansas Community have been wonderful to the Peterson family over the past 14 years. My plan is to continue working for UALR and retire a Trojan."

BASKETBALL

Farr signs with Saudi Arabian team

FORT SMITH — UAFS men’s basketball coach Josh Newman has announced that former Lions guard Dijon Farr has signed a professional contract to play for the Al Qadisiya Saudi Club of the Saudi Arabia-Premier League.

Farr, who is from Pacolet, S.C., played one season for UAFS and last season helped guide the Lions to a 16-12 overall record, the Heartland Conference regular season title and a runner-up finish in the conference tournament.

He averaged 11.1 points and 4.9 rebounds per game and had 28 assists, 17 blocked shots and 36 steals in 28 games.

Farr is the 50th player whom Newman has coached to sign a pro contract and is the 15th such player during Newman’s tenure at UAFS.

SOCCER

Early goal lifts Harding

SEARCY — Harding junior Jacob Stevens scored in the seventh minute to give the Bisons a 1-0 victory in non-conference men’s soccer action Monday at Stevens Soccer Complex.

The victory snapped a three-game skid for Harding, who improved to 3-4-2 overall. Ouachita Baptist lost for the sixth time in its last seven games and fell to 1-6-1.

Stevens’ goal, his third of the season, came on a corner kick from freshman Dillon Sherrill. It was Harding’s first goal on a corner kick this season.

Harding senior goalkeeper Will Lynn made four saves, two in each half, and recorded his first collegiate shutout. David Henley had nine saves in goal for the Tigers.

With the victory, Harding won both meetings with Ouachita Baptist this season. The Bisons defeated the Tigers 3-1 in Arkadelphia on Sept. 17 and now hold an 11-4-2 advantage in the series. Harding has won seven of the eight meetings between the teams in Searcy.

Lallas named SAA player of week

CONWAY — Hendrix College sophomore midfielder Samantha Lallas was named the Southern Athletic Association Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week on Monday.

Lallas netted two goals and three assists for seven points in two games for the Warriors last week. In Monday’s 3-0 win over Bacone, the Northbrook, Ill. product scored the game-winner and assisted the other two goals. On Saturday in a 4-4 tie against Millsaps, Lallas hit a penalty kick and assisted another goal.

Lallas and the Warriors will host cross-town rival Central Baptist Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

CROSS COUNTRY

A-State achieves program best-ever region ranking

JONESBORO — A new mark in the annals of the Arkansas State University women’s cross country program has been set as the Red Wolves have now earned their highest ranking ever in the NCAA Division I ranks at eighth place in this week’s United States Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) South Central Region Rankings.

The Red Wolves, who are coached by Jim Patchell and Kyle Chandler, moved up four places from 12th place a week ago into the eighth-place slot in the rankings, which were released this Monday in the USTFCCCA’s fourth rankings poll this season.

Arkansas State turned in its third consecutive top 10-place effort as the Red Wolves placed eighth in the 12th annual Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic’s 20-team NCAA-I Gold Division race on Oct. 5. Prior to last Saturday’s performance, A-State recorded back-to-back meet team champion titles at the Saint Louis (Mo.) Big River Forest Park Festival (Sept. 13) and the 23rd annual Rhodes College Invitational (Sept. 28).

A-State’s current ranking this week shatters last season’s previous school-record ninth-place listing in what was the regional ranking’s sixth installment (Oct. 29) for the 2012 campaign.

The Red Wolves will now prepare for a pair of meets to be held Oct. 19 dividing into split squads. Selected runners head for the Indiana State Pre-Nationals Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind., while the rest of the team travels to Little Rock for the UALR Invitational.