Carson earns MVC weekly honors
CONWAY — The Missouri Valley Conference released its Player of the Week awards on Tuesday, and for the first time this season, the Central Arkansas Bears were represented. Junior Wes Carson, was named the MVC’s Offensive Player of the Week on the back of a three-goal weekend. Carson netted a pair of goals in the Conway Derby against Central Baptist on Friday night, opening the scoring by closing out a string of passes from William Woody and Greg Jacobus with a header for his first goal of the season. In the 80th minute, the Fort Smith, Arkansas native showed an impressive amount of touch, as he volleyed home a long forward pass from Colton Jackson for the game-winner. Carson scored the game’s first goal against Incarnate Word on Sunday, collecting a pass from Pepe San Roman in the box and slamming it home from five yards out. Carson’s multi-goal game against the Mustangs on Friday night was the first of his career.
Stevens’s hat trick paces Harding
SEARCY – Sophomore forward Carley Stevens scored her first career hat trick on Thursday as Harding (1-2) defeated Central Baptist 7-0 in nonconference action. Harding recorded its first shutout of the season. The Lady Bisons took 61 shots to set a new Harding record and a Great American Conference record. It broke the Harding record by eight when the Lady Bisons took 53 shots against University of the Ozarks on Sept. 12, 2000. The previous GAC record was held by Ouachita Baptist who took 53 against Dallas Christian in 2011. Harding held Central Baptist (0-4) to only two shots in the game. Carley Stevens’ hat trick was the first Harding hat trick since last season when Audrey Adkison scored three at Ouachita Baptist. It was the 19th time a Lady Bison has scored at least three goals in a game.
LR concludes Maryilynn Smith Invitational
MANHATTAN, Kan. — The Little Rock women’s golf team placed eighth with a team score of 929 at the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational at Colbert Hills Golf Course. SMU won the event with a team score of 873, followed closely by TCU (875) and Middle Tennessee (882). SMU’s Lindsey McCurdy took home individual medalist honors after closing the tournament with a 6-under 66 in Tuesday’s final round. Sabrina Bonanno led the Trojans, finishing in a tie for 21st place at 11 over par. Stina Resen closed the tournament with a 3-over 75 to finish at 16 over par and tied for 30th place. Hannah Ward carded a 12-over 84 in her final round to drop her into a tie for 32nd place at 17 over for the event. Pernille Orlien rounded out Little Rock’s scoring at 24 over par after closing with a 3-over 75 on Tuesday. Little Rock returns to action at the Johnie Imes Invitational in Columbia, Mo., starting Sept. 28.
UCA fifth, Svensson third at Marilynn Smith Invitational
MANHATTAN, Kan. — The University of Central Arkansas women’s golf team finished fifth Tuesday at the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational hosted by Kansas State at Colbert Hills Golf Club. Freshman Emma Svensson led the way for UCA, shooting 72-75-69 for an even-par 216 and a tie for third place overall. Sophomore Fernanda Lira was right behind at 74-73-70—217 and tied for fifth. Junior Brenda Gonazalez tied for 42nd place, shooting 74-87-75—236. Junior Morgan Best finished with the same total at 78-82-76—236. Freshman Cindy Oh tied for 44th at 85-77-75—237. UCA’s team scores were 298-307-289.
Schweikert earns SLC honors
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — University of Central Arkansas’ Markus Schweikert was named the Southland Conference Men’s Athlete of the Week. Schweikert, a freshman from Frankfurt, Germany, finished 10th at the Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic on Saturday night at the Mike Rose Complex, helping the Bears to a second-place finish among 26 collegiate teams. Schweikert ran the four-mile course in 20:29.48. UCA has five runners finish in the top 26 to finish second to the University of Alabama.
Zaborowska grabs Division II weekly award
SEARCY — Harding senior Ewa Zaborowska placed sixth overall and first among non-NCAA Division I runners Saturday at the BROOKS Memphis Twilight Cross-Country Classic. For her efforts, Zaborowska was named NCAA Division II Cross-Country Runner of the Week by the United States Track and Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Zaborowska, a native of Wejherowo, Poland, won the 5K race in 17:39.3, the third-fastest 5K time in her collegiate career. It was her fifth career cross-country victory.