Cross country to host UTA Season Opener Saturday

Hannah Nilsson will lead the Mavericks into the 2013 cross country season.

Sep 9, 2013

ARLINGTON, Texas - The UT Arlington men's and women's cross country teams will kick off their promising 2013 seasons this weekend when the Mavericks host the UTA Season Opener. The Saturday morning meet will be the first at the new home of UTA cross country, Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie.

The university women will run first (5k) at 8 a.m., followed by the university men (4 miles) approximately 20 minutes later. High school boys and girls races will be contested following the college races. Admission to the UTA Season Opener/Gerald Richey High School Invitational is free.

"We are very excited to host the meet this weekend," head coach John Sauerhage said. "We feel like we have put together a very nice cross country course that the runners will really enjoy."

The Maverick men are the favorite to win the Sun Belt Conference in the school's first year in the league, while the women are picked third.

On the men's side, UTA is not expected to utilize its full stable of top runners from a year ago in the meet, instead offering the team's newcomers and other returnees a chance to compete. The men's teams scheduled to run alongside UTA are: UALR, Louisiana-Monroe and North Texas.

"We are trying to lay the groundwork for November," Sauerhage said. "Our training and our mindset are both focused on Nov. 2 (Sun Belt Conference Championships) and Nov. 15 (NCAA South Central Regional). This meet will go a long way in determining who can round out our top seven runners."

The women are healthy and expected to be at full strength this Saturday. They will face a stiff challenge against a field that includes Baylor, SMU, UALR, Louisiana-Monroe, North Texas and Midwestern State.

"This will be a good tune up to get us ready for the Oklahoma State meet (Sept. 28)," Sauerhage said. "There will be some very good competition here and it should make for a very nice race up front. In addition, it is great to have two Sun Belt schools coming here to compete as well."



Lynn Creek Park at Joe Pool Lake is located at 5610 Lake Ridge Parkway in Grand Prairie.


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