Tech places two runners in top 5

RUSSELLVILLE — Laura O’Dowd led the way for the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns cross country team with a time of 19:28.8 as Golden Suns finished second at their first race of the season at Arkansas Tech on Saturday.

The Golden Suns finished with a time of 1:44:31.9 at the 5-kilometer course that wraps around Tech’s campus. Southern Arkansas finished on top with a team time of 1:39:55.9.

Tech placed two runners in the Top 5 with O’Dowd getting second and Cheryl Nolan finishing third with a time of 19:49.0. Southern Arkansas’s Carli Langley finished first with a time of 19:11.0.

Kaitlyn Bounds ran a time 20:57.6 to finish eighth.

Tech will return to action Saturday, September 21 in Joplin, Missouri at the Missouri Southern Stampede.

UALR wins men’s Invite, ladies place fourth

ARLINGTON, Texas – The UALR men’s cross country team opened its season in stunning fashion, claiming a team victory at the UT Arlington Gerald Richey Invite on Saturday morning.

Newcomer George Gathuru – the NJCAA national champion last year – won his first race at the Division 1 level when he completed the four-mile course in 19:28.4, eight seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.

UALR got a third-place finish from John Vodacek and a sixth-place showing from Markus Pearson, who made it in under 20 minutes. Junior Shaun Koehn placed eighth overall in 20:00.9.

All told, the Trojans finished with 33 points, eight ahead of second-place ULM’s 41 points.

On the women’s side, sophomore Emma Dahl led the way for UALR with a third-place finish in 17:52.0 over their five-kilometer course.

The Trojans as a team came in fourth place out of the six teams competing with 127 points. SMU won the race with 25 points, and the host Mavericks came in second with 39 points.

UALR has next weekend off, but it returns to action at the Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville on Oct. 5.

Evans leads HU men’s to victory

PENSACOLA, Fla. — The Harding men’s cross country team claimed its first victory of the season Saturday winning the Gulf Coast Stampede, hosted by the University of West Florida at the Escambia County Equestrian Center.

Harding placed five runners in the top 15 and won with 34 points. West Florida finished second with 52 points, followed by West Alabama with 74 points.

Senior Andrew Evans earned his first collegiate title by finishing the 8k race in 25 minutes, 54.9 seconds.

Junior Lajos Farkas finished fourth overall and second for the Bisons in 26:23.30. It was his best 8k finish since the 2011 Great American Conference meet.

The Bisons in the top 10 overall included senior Taylor Lively (26:34.10), who finished sixth and senior Matthew Cumpian (26:45.00) who finished eighth.

Harding’s next meet is next Saturday at the Southern Stampede hosted by Missouri Southern State in Joplin, Mo.

Zaborowska, HU women’s cross country victorious

PENSACOLA, Fla. – In their first meet of the season, the Harding women’s cross country team took the Gulf Coast Stampede title on Saturday in Pensacola at the Escambia County Equestrian Center.

Harding placed five runners in the top 16 and won the 12-team meet with 50 points. West Florida finished second with 66 points, followed by Montevallo with 90.

Junior Ewa Zaborowska led the Lady Bisons, winning the 5K race in 18 minutes, 25.30 seconds. It was her third career cross-country victory.

Freshman Amber Webb was Harding’s next finisher. She placed 10th in her first collegiate race with a time of 19:58.50.

Harding’s other runners in its top seven included junior Dallis Bailey (20:09.80), junior Rachel Roberts (20:13.80), sophomore Sarah Shepherd (20:28.40), junior Amber Priest (20:34.30), and freshman Katy Jacobs (20:41.00).

Harding’s next meet is the Southern Stampede in Joplin, Mo., hosted by Missouri Southern State next Saturday.

Hendrix opens season at Tech Invitational

RUSSELLVILLE — The Hendrix College men’s and women’s cross country teams kicked off the 2013 campaign at the Arkansas Tech University Invitational on Saturday.

Under the 10th-year head coach Patrick MacDonald, the Warrior men finished fourth, while filling just a team of four runners. Sophomore Jeffrey Scott paced Hendrix with an 8k time of 28.33.6m placing 15th.

The Warrior women only sent three runners to compete and did not compile a team score. Junior Nicholle Cromwell placed 18th and completed the 5k course in 21:29.7.

The Warriors will return to action Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Rhodes Invitational in Memphis.