UAFS Moonlight Madness set for Oct. 15

FORT SMITH — The UAFS athletics department will celebrate the official start of basketball preseason practice with its annual Moonlight Madness at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Stubblefield Center.

It will be held in conjunction with the UAFS volleyball team’s nonconference match against East Central University, which will begin at 6 p.m. at the Stubblefield Center.

During Moonlight Madness, fans will get an early glimpse of this year’s Lions and Lady Lions basketball teams as they compete in intrasquad scrimmages as well as skills competitions such as a 3-point shootout and slam dunk contest.

Fans will also have the opportunity to meet and greet players and coaches after the event.

Admission to Moonlight Madness is free.


Lady Lions look to build off first win

FORT SMITH — If the UAFS women’s cross country team was in need of a little boost of confidence, they got that and then some during the recent University of the Ozarks Invitational.

The Lady Lions dominated the six-team 5k event held at Clarksville on Sept. 28 to win the meet and make history. It was the first win in the program’s five-year history.

"Not a lot of people get to say they made history, whether it be in sports or in life. It is a very special thing to be a part of," first-year UAFS coach Lauren Unger said. "I am so proud of my girls for accomplishing something that never has been done before here. They are setting the tone for what type of program UAFS cross country will be and is becoming."

UAFS placed four runners in the Top 5 of the 43-runner field that featured runners from host University of the Ozarks, John Brown University, Ouachita Baptist University, Arkansas Tech University and the University of Arkansas-Monticello.

Junior Kelsea Geschwentner won the event with a time of 18:52, and the Garden City (Kan.) Community College transfer became the first Lady Lion to win a meet. It also was the third consecutive meet for the McCook, Neb., native to lead the Lady Lions.

As a result, Geschwentner was named Heartland Conference Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week.

The Lady Lions, along with the Lions, have been idle since winning the University of the Ozarks Invitational but will compete on Saturday in the 5k Oklahoma Baptist University Invitational at the Gordon Cooper Technology Center in Shawnee.

It will be the first of two final regular-season meets for UAFS, which also will compete in the University of Arkansas-Little Rock Invitational on Oct. 19 in Little Rock.

Harding teams break into Central Region Top 10

SEARCY — With their three regular season races behind them, the Harding cross country teams have moved into the USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Regional Cross Country Rankings.

Harding’s men and women are both ranked No. 9 in the Central Region. The top five men’s teams in the Central Region meet will advance to the national meet, and the top four women’s teams.

The Bisons and Lady Bisons are both coming off sixth-place finishes at the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival in Fayetteville.

Harding will next be in action on Oct. 26 at the Great American Conference Championships in Russellville, Ark. The Central Region Meet is Nov. 9 in Sioux Falls, S.D., and the NCAA National Meet is on Nov. 23 in Spokane, Wash.

Evans, Zaborowska earn weekly honors

RUSSELLVILLE — Harding’s Andrew Evans and Ewa Zaborowska claimed the Great American Conference’s Cross Country Men’s and Women’s Runners of the Week honors, the conference office announced on Thursday.

GAC MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER OF THE WEEK – Andrew Evans, Harding, Sr., Rogers.

Evans placed sixth with an 8K time of 25:44.2 at the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas and was the highest finishing runner from the Great American Conference. The Rogers, Ark., senior led his team to a 6th place finish out of 21 in a quality college division field.

GAC WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER OF THE WEEK – Ewa Zaborowska, Harding, Jr., Wejherowo, Poland.

Zaborowska ran an 18:21.5 time in a 5K to finish 5th at the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival. The junior was the top Harding runner in a third straight race and was the top finishing runner from a GAC school at the Chile Pepper. HU placed 6th out of 24 teams in the college division field.