The UA Little Rock Cross Country team had their final meet before the SunBelt Championship Oct. 17. The meet was UA Little Rock’s home meet, and was held at the old War Memorial golf course.
Nine teams participated in the 5k women’s race, with the UA Little Rock team placing third overall, beating rivals Arkansas State, ULM, and Louisiana Lafayette. Only six teams participated in the men’s 8k, with UA Little Rock placing second overall, also beating prominent SunBelt competitors. UA Little Rock had four top-ten finishers on the men’s team and three top 15 finishers for the women.
The course is a notoriously slow course, composed of around 75% hills for runners to tackle throughout the 5 and 8k meets. UA Little Rock runners had an advantage going in, with lots of practice on the rough course unlike the other teams participating, which paid off for the team’s placement.
Overall, the team showed impressive improvement since last year’s Little Rock Open and previous meets throughout the year. This meet was the last before the SunBelt Championships, and the team definitely proved they are ready to compete.