Lalang, Watson finish first at Little Rock Invitational

Little Rock (LR) distance runners Issac Lalang and Shanieke Watson earned first-place finishes at the Little Rock Invitational on Saturday morning at the Rebsumen Golf Course.

Lalang, a senior from Eldoret, Kenya, won the men’s 8-kilometer race with a time of 24:20.55, over a minute ahead of second place finisher Preston Borg of Central Arkansas (UCA). Lalang had an average time of 3:02.6 per kilometer.

The win added to a strong season for Lalang, who already notched a first-place finish in the UCA XC Challenge on Sept. 9. Lalang also placed 12th in a field of 89 participants in a 10-kilometer race at the Chili Pepper XC Festival in Fayetteville on Sept. 30.

Four other Trojan runners finished in the top 10, including Emilio Medina (sixth, 26:21.91), Imad Amenzou (seventh, 26:24.44), Rogelio Araiza (eighth, 26:44.58) and Tyler Davis (tenth, 26:55.17).

In the women’s 5-kilometer race, Watson won with a time of 17:51.88. The junior from Manchester, Jamaica, had an average kilometer time of 3:34.4.

Hunter Paul came in fifth with a time of 18:48.63, while Vianney Sanchez finished seventh (18:58.14).

Trojan athletes will next participate in the Sun Belt Championship in Boone, N.C., on Saturday, Oct. 28.

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