WACO, Texas – The UT Arlington men's and women's cross country teams had fine starts to their seasons on Friday night at the Bear Twilight Invitational as the men placed second among five teams, while the women took third out of six squads.
"We had a nice first race," UTA coach John Sauerhage said. "It was a good opener for a number of our runners. It was a testament to the strong work that they put in over the summer."
Senior Hannah Nilsson topped the women’s unit by finishing fourth among 69 entrants. She crossed the line with a time of 14:00.1 in the 4k race.
Junior Katelyn Hayward also had a strong effort, completing the loop in eighth place with a clocking of 14:12.4. Senior Ashly Wright finished in 13th place (14:27.2).
Freshman Amanda Lonnqvist (28th, 15:08.9) also had a solid finish in her first college meet. Tamerah Gorham (51st, 16:03.5) rounded out the group of scorers for UTA.
On the men's side, senior Ryan Tilotta was the pace setter, finishing fourth among the 44 participants. He posted a time of 18:25.5 in the 6k race.
Two other Mavericks placed among the top 10. Junior Virgilio Martinez came in ninth in 18:49.5, while freshman Michael Guerrero was 10th (18:52.7) in his inaugural college race.
Sophomore Grant Copeland also ran a strong race, finishing 13th in 18:59.6. Senior Phillip Critelli, who placed 25th (19:52.2), was the team's final point scorer.
The Mavericks are next in action Saturday, Sept. 13 at the UTA Season Opener held at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.
1. North Texas 37
2. UT Arlington 59
3. Baylor 62
4. Texas 63
5. TCU 137
1. Baylor 35
2. SMU 42
3. UT Arlington 85
4. Texas 96
5. North Texas 111
6. TCU 127
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