Grayson Birka
Grayson  Birka


Arlington, Texas

High School:
Arlington Martin


BestOf15-16: Cross Country claims SBC Championship

All five UTA point scorers placed among the top 20 as the men finished with a total of 52 points. Appalachian State was second with 66 points.


XC: Men's team, Ojeda win Sun Belt Championships

The 2015 Sun Belt Conference cross country title is the Mavericks' third in the past four years.

AS A JUNIOR (2016-17): Took 18th at the Sun Belt Cross Country Championships for the team champions ... Posted an 8k time of 25:53.7 at the league meet ... Placed 78th at the NCAA South Central Regional with a 32:41.4 in the 10k race ... Took third in the 5k Gerald Richey UTA Invitational (15:40.3) ... Was a two-event scorer at the SBC Indoor Championships, placing sixth in the 800m (1:55.21) and seventh in the indoor mile (4:16.16) ... Scored for the Mavs at the Sun Belt Outdoor Championships in the 1500 meters (3:55.82) ... Placed fourth in the 5000m at the Bobby Lane Invitational (14:48.42).

AS A SOPHOMORE (2015-16):
Helped UTA to the Sun Belt cross country title, finishing 18th at the league meet ... Was the team's fifth finisher with a time of 26:34.2 in the 8k event ... Placed 71st at the NCAA South Central Regional (32:20.2) ... Competed in all seven cross country meets ... Scored points in a pair of events at the Sun Belt Indoor Championships ...  Finished sixth in the mile run (4:16.39) and seventh in the 800 meters (1:56.61) ... Competed in the 800m and 1500m at the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Championships ... Had a season-best 1500m time of 3:55.27 at the Beach Invitational and a time of 1:54.60 in the 800m at the John Jacobs Invitational.

AS A FRESHMAN (2014-15): Did not compete in cross country as a freshman ... Placed 10th at the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Championships in the 800 meters with a time of 1:55.53 ... Had a season-best 800m time of 1:55.32 in a seventh-place showing at the adidas Classic ... Scored two points for the team champion Mavericks at the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Championships ... Placed seventh in the finals of the 800 meters with a time of 1:54.39 ... Had a season-best 800m time of 1:53.15 in the prelims at the league meet.

BEFORE UT ARLINGTON: Was the runner up in the 800 meters at the Class 5A Area 3-4 meet as a senior ... Had a personal-best 800m clocking of 1:54.85, which ranked 19th in the state ... Placed 15th in the 5000m at the District 4-5A Championships as a sophomore.

PERSONAL: Is the son of Ann and Mike Birka ... Is a business major.


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