Conway, AR—The LR Trojans began their 2020 Cross Country season at the Central Arkansas Open, presented by Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield. Due to COVID-19, social distancing rules were enforced, teams wore face masks until the starter was ready and starting boxes were spaced out during the race.
Freshman Spencer Cardinal led the Trojan men, finishing 8th place with a time of 16:04:8. Junior Carter Reynolds came in 14th place, finishing with a time of 16:19. Freshman Aaron Soltmann finished 17th with a time of 16:37.8. With a total time of 1:23:14 and a score of 63, the LR Trojan men placed 3rd place.
Freshman Mia Patria led the Trojan women, placing 12th place with a time of 19:43.1. Not too far from Patria, senior Vianney Sanchez finished 18th place with a time of 20:18.6 while senior Kimberly Boni placed 20th with a time of 20:26.7. The LR Trojan women placed third place with a score of 80 and time of 1:42:28.
Despite falling short to Arkansas State and Central Baptist, Cardinal and Patria dominated Philander Smith in endurance leading their team to score 3rd place at the Governor’s I-40 Showdown. The LR Trojan men and women began their 2020 Cross Country season off at a good start by placing in the top three spots in both races at the Central Arkansas Open.