XC: Men finish as team runner up at SBC meet

Oct. 28, 2017

Men's Results

Women's Results

BOONE, N.C. -- The UTA men's cross country team finished as the Sun Belt Conference runner up, while the women's squad placed eighth Saturday morning at the league championships at the State Farm Fields-Kennedy Trails.

The Maverick men totaled 73 points to land just three points behind host Appalachian State (70). Texas State was third with 75 points in a hotly contested team race. The UTA women had 182 points, which was just six points out of sixth place.

Sophomore Justin Domangue was the league's runner up on the men's side with an 8k time of 25:00.7. He completed the course 16 seconds off the winning pace. It was his fifth placement inside the top 10 in as many meets this year.

Domangue, who placed seventh a year ago, also corralled his second career top-10 at the league meet. The Mavericks have had a top-three individual finisher every season since joining the conference in 2013.

Joel Duren also grabbed a top-10 finish, coming in sixth with a clocking of 25:20.0. Meanwhile, Brady Steele took 11th place (25:33.7) as the Mavs became the first team to place three runners.

UTA's final point scorers were Tyler Forde (22nd, 26:10.1) and Grayson Birka (32nd, 26:43.9).

UTA was attempting to become the first Sun Belt men's team to win three straight conference titles since South Florida (1988-90). The Mavericks have now placed in the top three all five years in the league with three team titles (2013, 2015, 2016), a runner-up finish (2017) and a third-place showing (2014).

On the women's side, senior Tori Shelton snagged a bronze-medal podium finish with a time of 17:44.9 in the 5k race. It was the highest finish by a Maverick woman in the Sun Belt Conference era and was the third top-5 at the meet, as she joined Gabriela Alfonzo (4th, 2015) and Katelyn Hayward (5th, 2014). Shelton was seventh a year ago.



UTA's second finisher was Astrid Rosvall, who came in 30th after crossing the line in 18:40.4. The Mavericks also got points from Macey Beazley (38th, 18:56.0), Madeleine Rowe (54th, 19:27.4) and Taylor Repa (57th, 19:37.0).

The start time of the meet was moved up one hour due to impending inclement weather. The race was aired live on ESPN3 for the first time in SBC history.

Both UTA squads will now get ready for the NCAA South Central Regional in College Station on Friday, Nov. 10.



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