UAM opens season at GAC Preview

OKLAHOMA CITY — The University of Arkansas at Monticello men’s golf team opened the 2013-14 season this past Sunday-Tuesday with an eighth place finish at the Great American Conference Preview Tournament held at the Lake Hefner Golf Club in Oklahoma City, Okla.

The Weevils were led by a pair of top 20 finishers in Ari Magnusson and Hunter Smith. Magnusson tied for 13th place with scores of 71, 75 and 71 for a three-round total of 217. Smith finished in 16th place with scores of 73, 70 and 75. His second round score of 70 was the lowest round score on the team.

As a team, UAM totaled a three-day score of 887, five strokes behind seventh place finisher East Central and 45 strokes ahead of ninth place finisher Northwestern Oklahoma State.

UAM returns to the links September 30-October 1 at the Texoma Fall Classic in Kingston, Okla. at the Chickasaw Pointe Golf Resort.

Lions post 6th-Place finish

FORT SMITH — Josh Tomlinson shot a 5-over par 149 to lead the UAFS men’s golf team to a sixth-place finish in the Newman University Fall Invitational at Reflection Ridge in Wichita, Kan., on Tuesday.

UAFS shot a combined 44-over par 620 (306-314) and finished 38 strokes behind champion Oklahoma Christian University, which shot a 6-over 582 (293-289) during the two-day, seven-team event.

Oklahoma Christian just edged Indian Hills Community College, which finished two strokes off the lead with an 8-over 584 (290-294). Cameron University was third with a 13-over 589 (302-287), Texas A&M-Commerce was fourth with a 26-over 602 (309-293), host Newman was fifth with a 27-over 603 (299-304) and Oklahoma Panhandle State was seventh with an 84-over 660 (330-330).

Tomlinson shot rounds of 73-76 and finished tied for 11th. Dylan Lovell shot an 8-over 152 (75-77) and finished tied for 20th, Kyle Schulte shot a 13-over 157 (79-78) and finished 31st, Trae Fairchild shot a 19-over 163 and finished tied for 35th and Josh Harvell shot a 37-over 181 (79-102) and finished 42nd.

Trojans begin Harrington era

LITTLE ROCK – New head coach Jake Harrington and the men’s golf team open the 2013-14 season with the 18th annual D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate in Normal, Ill., on Sunday, Sept. 15. The 54-hole event will be played on the 6,915-yard, par-71 layout at Weibring Golf Club and will consist of two rounds on Sunday and one round on Monday. Both days begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.

In addition to UALR and host Illinois State, the 15-team field includes Arkansas State, Bradley, Butler, Evansville, Illinois Wesleyan, Loyola, Missouri State, Northern Iowa, Oral Roberts, Purdue, Southern Illinois, SIU Edwardsville and Western Illinois.

This weekend’s event will be the first for the Trojans under Harrington, who came to UALR in July from South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Ariz., where he led the Cougars to National Junior College Athletic Association Division II National Championships in three of the last four seasons.


Wonder Boys receive AFCA Top 25 votes

WACO, Texas — The Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys football team have received five votes in the American Football Coaches Association Top-25 Poll, the AFCA announced Monday.

The Wonder Boys receive votes after a 38-10 season-opening win over Northwestern Oklahoma State last Thursday.

Tech is one of three Great American Conference schools to either rank in the top 25 or receive votes in the week one poll. Preseason favorite Henderson State climbed from No. 13 to No. 9 after an 82-10 win over Southern Nazarene on Saturday, while this week’s opponent, Southwestern Oklahoma, received one vote in the top 25 after its 27-23 win over Harding on Thursday.

The Wonder Boys return to action on Saturday, Sept. 14, hosting Southwestern Oklahoma at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field. A 6 p.m. kickoff is scheduled.

Reddies move up to No. 9

WACO, Texas — Henderson State moved up To No. 9 in the latest American Football Coaches Association Poll following its 82-10 win on Saturday over Southern Nazarene.

After the first week of action, there was a big shakeup in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll as four ranked teams fell out of the poll, with two previous Top 10 teams falling more than 10 spots after upset losses.

Henderson State, 1-0 on the season, also set several records including a HSU and Great American Conference best 855 yards of total offense, 55 yards shy of the NCAA Division II all-time mark of 910. The Reddies also totaled a GAC record 557 yards passing.

Henderson State will next play host to McKendree on Saturday with kickoff set for 6 p.m. at Carpenter-Haygood Stadium.

Cross Country

Bisons open season in Florida

The Harding cross country teams will start their seasons this weekend at the Gulf Coast Stampede in Pensacola, Fla. The meet is hosted by the University of West Florida and West Florida High School at the Escambia County Equestrian Center. The men’s 8k race starts at 7:30 a.m., immediately followed by the women’s 5k race at 8:10 a.m.

There are 12 schools in competition including Chipola College (women only), Darton, Mississippi College, Montevallo, Ouachita Baptist (women only), Point, Spring Hill, Valdosta State, West Alabama, West Florida, and Xavier-Louisiana.

Harding will have 18 women competing, 10 of whom are making their first appearance as Lady Bisons.

A-State clinch both team titles

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The Arkansas State University women’s and men’s cross country teams both captured team titles at the eighth annual Big River Forest Park Cross Country Festival meet this Friday (Sept. 13) in St. Louis, Mo., which was hosted by Saint Louis University.

The Red Wolves claimed first place with 20 points in the women’s 5K race on the Central Fields course in Forest Park by featuring the meet’s top fourfinishers, which included the individual medalist in junior Kristina Aubert. The A-State men’s squad, which garnered three of the top seven placings, was led by sophomore Wil Norris’ third-place performance on the 6K course.

On the women’s side, Kristina Aubert topped the 84-person field with a 17:26.0 time to win the individual title. Junior Rexi Parcells was runner up in 18:38.0 while sophomore Abbey Dixon came in third at 18.40.0 and junior Tilda Helgesson crossed the line with a fourth-place time of 18:58.0. Junior Chelsey Roberson placed 10th in 19:38.0.

The A-State men’s team racked up three of the top seven placings, led by Wil Norris with a third-place 19:21.0 time. Junior Luke Lindsley finished right behind Norris by generating 19:22.0 for fourth place while sophomore Lance Beckman attained seventh place as a result of a 19:38.0 time.

Arkansas State is off next week before returning to action on Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Rhodes College Invitational in Memphis, Tenn.