Both Little Rock (LR) men’s and women’s cross country finished in 2nd place at the Central Arkansas Cross Country Challenge in Conway on Saturday, only trailing the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) in both races.
Freshman Ariana Garcia placed 8th out of 92 racers overall with a time of 15:38.5 in the 4k run, with junior Vianney Sanchez right behind in 9th (15:42.6). Not too far behind those two were freshman Jordan Edwards in 12th place overall (15:55.5) and senior Hunter Paul in 18th place (16:08.2).
Underclassmen athletes finished on top in the men’s race as well. Sophomore Carter Reynolds placed 9th of 105 racers with a time of 19:34.0 in the 6k run. Freshman Colby Swecker was only 10 seconds behind Reynolds in 11th place with a time of 19:44.9. Sophomore Ricardo Banks and junior Jarred O’Connor also placed in the top 20 with 16th and 17th place finishes, respectively, and times of 20:07.2 and 20:09.3, only 2 seconds away from each other.
Both the Trojan men and women had four athletes place in the top 20 overall, helping lead LR to a solid second place finish for both teams. UCA took first place in both events, including the entire top five women finishers, leading to an average time of 14:56 as opposed to LR’s 16:07. In the men’s race, UCA had an average time of 19:23 compared to LR’s 20:02. Ten teams competed for the women while 13 comprised the men’s field.
LR cross country will not be back in action for another month, as the Trojans return at the Chili Pepper Festival in Fayetteville on Oct 5.