Little Rock (LR) men’s and women’s cross country opened the season with 7th and 9th place finishes, respectively, at the City Auto Memphis Twilight Classic on Saturday night.
Sophomore Carter Reynolds paced the LR men with a personal best time of 21:07.45, good for 18th overall. Fellow sophomore Ricardo Banks also posted a personal best of 21:36.02 (36th overall), while freshman Colby Swecker had a solid debut only seven positions behind Reynolds with a time of 21:24.22.
Junior Vianney Sanchez placed 53rd overall with a time of 19:48.14 to lead the Trojan women. Freshmen Ariana Garcia and Jordan Edwards impressed in their debut race for the Trojans, claiming the 59th and 60th overall spots. With a time of 19:57.55, Garcia finished only a few tenths of a second ahead of Edwards (19:57.79).
The Trojan men posted an average time of 21:37.97 in the 4 mile run, placing 7th out of 12 teams. The LR women finished 9th out 14 schools with a 20:20.57 average in the 5k race.
Unlike most cross country meets, the Memphis Twilight Classic had bizarre start times of 9:20 p.m. for the women and 10:00 p.m. for the men. UAB claimed the women’s title, while Middle Tennessee State claimed each of the top four individual finishes to win the men’s event.
The Trojans will return to action next Saturday, Sept. 7, at the UCA XC Challenge in Conway. The women’s event is slated to begin at 8:45 a.m., and the men’s race at 9:20 a.m.