FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- UTA's cross country teams had encouraging showings Saturday morning at the prestigious 29th Annual Chile Pepper Festival.
With 198 points, the UTA men finished fifth in the Collegiate Division, while the Maverick women scored 317 points to finish 11th. The men's field consisted of 37 teams, while the women's Collegiate Division was comprised of 45 schools.
In the Division I standings, the UTA men placed fourth among 11 teams with 110 points. The women took fifth out of 10 institutions by totaling 134 points.
"The big possums walk late," UTA coach John Sauerhage said. "We ran better today. We'll be ready for conference."
Individually for the men, Justin Domangue placed eighth overall, fifth among Division I runners, in the 10k with a clocking of 30:25.3. It was the sophomore's third straight top-10 effort this season, and his fourth in five meets dating back to last year.
Joel Duren was the next Maverick to finish, as he placed 50th out of the 309 competitors. He ran a solid time of 31:28.0 on the challenging Agri Park Course, which has previously hosted national championships.
Brady Steele (53rd, 31:39.8) and Tyler Forde (54th, 31:40.7) also collected placements in the top 60. Grayson Birka was the final point scorer for the team, as the senior landed in 68th position with a clocking of 32:03.7.
For the women, Tori Shelton led the way for the third time in as many races in 2017. She corralled a 16th-place finish with a 5k time of 17:30.7. The senior has now placed among the top 30 in all three meets this year. Shelton was seventh overall among Division I competitors.
Astrid Rosvall also had a strong morning, claiming 32nd place out of 381 runners with a time of 17:45.7. UTA's other three point scorers also finished in the upper-third of the field: Macey Beazley (76th, 18:30.7), Bailey Balmer (10st, 18:51.1) and Taylor Repa (127th, 19:08.3).
Madeleine Rowe (163rd, 19:36.0) and Dasia Rolfe (206th, 20:03.9) also competed for UTA.
The Mavericks are off from action next weekend before wrapping up the regular season on Oct. 13 at the Crimson Classic. The Sun Belt Conference Championships are set for Oct. 28 in Boone, N.C.
Men's Team Results (Top 12)
1. Arkansas 37
2. Colorado School of Mines 47
3. Texas State 175
4. Santa Clara 181
5. UTA 198
6. Lindenwood 202
7. Dallas Baptist 202
8. Texas Tech 212
9. Boston College 322
10. OK Runner 332
11. UIW 338
12. West Texas A&M 340
Women's Team Results (Top 12)
1. Arkansas 33
2. Colorado School of Mines 98
3. Oklahoma Baptist 133
4. Dallas Baptist 146
5. Missouri State 188
6. Oklahoma City 205
7. Texas Tech 221
8. Trinity (Texas) 243
9. Wayland Baptist 272
10. Texas State 307
11. UTA 317
12. UIW 334
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