Sept. 28, 2013
STILLWATER, Okla. - The UT Arlington women's cross country team placed sixth while the men took eighth as the participants slogged through the 77th running of the Cowboy Jamboree Saturday in rainy, muddy Stillwater, Okla. Inclement weather, which included lightning in the area, delayed the start of the races for two and a half hours.
The women totaled 160 points to finish behind Oklahoma State (51), Kentucky (69), Northern Arizona (70), Furman (94) and Texas Tech (152). The men had 187 points against a field that featured the top two teams in the nation, Oklahoma State (29) and Northern Arizona (57).
"The women ran very well, showing a lot of toughness dealing with the adverse conditions and stiff competition. We definitely continued to make progress," head coach John Sauerhage said. "The men did reasonably well, but we were disappointed with our team score. We have a lot of work to do, and it won't get any easier next week."
Hannah Nilsson paced the UTA women with a 17th-place finish. She navigated the 5k OSU Cross County Course with a time of 18:31.49, an average pace of 3:06 per kilometer.
A pack of four Maverick teammates then crossed shortly after the 19-minute mark. Gabriela Alfonzo completed the loop in 19:03.75 to place 35th, while fellow sophomore Katelyn Hayward was 37th in 19:08.49. UTA's other point scorers were Ashly Wright (42nd, 19:14.25) and Alison Williams (44th, 19:20.99).
On the men's side, Ryan Tilotta crossed the line first for the Mavericks, placing 38th. He posted a time of 25:49.51 over the 8k circuit.
Eric Ojeda (40th, 25:50.26), Virgilio Martinez (42nd, 25:55.78) and Emil Blomberg (47th, 26:11.27) gave the Mavericks four finishers in a span of 10 spots. Craig Lautenslager, who rounded out the scorers for UTA, placed 62nd (26:43.77).
The Mavericks will return to action Friday at another high-caliber meet, the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Ind.
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