MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Little Rock Director of Track & Field/Cross Country J.P. Behnke set out to bring in a strong recruiting class. That new talent was on display at the season-opening Memphis Twiglight Classic with underclassmen posting top three men’s finishes and two fo the top three women’s finishes.
In all, the Trojan men finished seventh with all five scorers posting top-50 marks while the women placed ninth.
Sophomore Carter Reynolds paced the men with an 18th place finish, running the four-mile race in 21:07.45, while freshman Colby Swecker’s time of 21:24.22 placed him 25th. Sophomore Ricardo Banks ran 21:36.02 to finish 35th as three underclassmen led the Trojan men.
Junior Jarred O’Conner posted a time of 21:54.24 to finish 43rd while senior Emilio Medina ran 22:07.88 to round out the scoring five for Little Rock and bringing an upperclassmen presence to the top five.
On the women’s side, junior Vianney Sanchez posted a 5k time of 19:48.14 to place 52nd and lead the women before two freshmen made their mark. Rookie Ariana Garcia ran 19:57.55 to finish 58th and she was closely followed by Jordan Edwards’ time of 19:57.79 for a 59th place finish.
Senior Hunter Paul finished 72nd with a time of 20:29.79 and freshman Amanda Gordon rounded out the scoring five with a mark of 21:29.79, placing 88th.
Little Rock will head up the road to Conway for the UCA Cross Country Challenge on Saturday, Sept. 7.
BATESVILLE – A year ago the Williams Baptist University men’s cross country team won a meet for the first time in school history. Today, the Eagles repeated that feat at the same course and race. WBU won the Lyon Invitational, hosted by Lyon College in Batesville.
The team won with 36 points. They finished one point ahead of Lyon (37) and 13 points ahead of Crowley’s Ridge College (49). It was head coach Tim Shepard‘s first race as the head Eagle.
“Today was only a 5km race, but I think my guys have gained some confidence. They showed their competitive nature. We are not where we want to be just yet, but if we build on this we can surprise some people,” said Shepard.
The Eagles took home the individual places of fourth, fifth, sixth and ninth. Lucas Goodrich (SO/Dexter, Mo.) led the way with a 5km time of 19:10, followed by Ruben Whitney (FR/Fayetteville) and Jack Wafler (SR/Memphis, Tenn.). Whitney finished in fifth with a time of 19:25, while Wafler ran the race in 20:04, good enough for sixth place. Joey Colvert (SR/Bryant)’s time of 21:10 placed him in ninth place for the race.
Karlis Smith (FR/West Memphis) was the fifth finisher for Williams after coming in 12th place with a time of 22:20. Meanwhile, Isaiah Cook (FR/Hoxie) finished in 14th place with a time of 23:44.
This was the first time Whitney, Smith and Cook represented WBU at the collegiate level.
GAME DETAILS University of the Ozarks 0, Fontbonne University 0 Records: University of the Ozarks (0-0-1), Fontbonne University (0-0-1) Friday, Aug. 30, 2019 Memphis, Tenn. | Rhodes Soccer Field
THE BASICS The Eagles opened the 2019 season with a shutout against Fontbonne University Friday in Memphis. The Eagles created seven shots in the second half, but couldn’t find the back of the net. The Eagles’ defense held strong through 110 minutes and limited Fontbonne to four shots on goal. Rebecca Peterson led the Eagles with five shots. Three of her shots were on frame. The Eagles’ defense did not allow a shot in either overtime. The Eagles accounted for two shots in overtime.
SCORING SUMMARY None
KEY STATISTICS Kiara Henry fought off 12 Fontbonne shots, with four saves, to record a shutout.
LITTLE ROCK — The Athletics continues to practice faithfully for the coming games. The game with Christian Brothers next Thursday will furnish a thorough line on the speed of the Athletics, as the C.B.C.’s have strengthened very materially and will have a much heavier team than last year. The Athletic admirers are confident their team will win, although the showing the Memphians have made this season justifies the statement that they will come over full equipped with confidence. Hurlburt, the New Orleans Athletic Association guard, is coaching the Christian Brothers. He will be found at that position on the visiting team. The line-up of the Memphis team has not as yet been received, but if their line has many men to equal him as to weight (216 pounds), speed and heavy playing they will have a line that would be invincible on any gridiron.
The maids to accompany Miss Narnee Martin and aid her in championing the visiting team Thursday are Misses Jamie Dunkin and Louise Wright.
Mr. Earle Thompson will handle the reigns for the Memphis sponsors.
Miss Mary Gracie will hold the Athletic colors to the win and will be assisted in championing the home boys by Misses Annie McCarthy, Elsie O’Hair and Mabel Moore.
U. OF A. VS ATHLETICS
The University of Arkansas team will contest honors with the Athletics on Thanksgiving Day. The boys from the Ozarks are taking everything before them having won every game they have played this season. This will be the first time the University team has been here for several seasons and they will come en masse to take the town, the girls and the football honors. The alumni of the university in Little Rock, of which there is quite a number, are taking an unusual amount of interest in the Thanksgiving game.