XC: Women's cross country team earns regional ranking
ARLINGTON, Texas - Propelled by several strong individual performances at the UTA Season Opener, the youthful UT Arlington women's cross country team has cracked the USTFCCCA's Regional rankings this week, debuting at No. 14.
UTA, which is part of the South Central Region, is one of three women's teams from the Western Athletic Conference to be regionally-ranked. UTSA (No. 6 in South Central) and Idaho (13th in West) are the other regionally-ranked squads.
The Mavericks, whose roster is comprised of four freshmen and five sophomores, finished third among four teams at its meet on Saturday. However, the top-two teams, Baylor and SMU, are fourth and fifth in the South Central.
Sophomore Hannah Nilsson, who placed 13th with a 2-mile clocking of 11:36.9, paced the squad at its first meet. A pair of freshmen, Gabriela Alfonzo (11:40.7) and Katelyn Hayward (11:41.7) finished 15th and 16th, respectively. UTA's remaining point scorers were sophomore Ashly Wright, who took 19th in 11:56.3, and sophomore Sydney Hampton(24th, 12:06.6).
USTFCCCA Regional Cross Country Rankings are determined subjectively by a single member coach in each respective region. The regional representative is tasked with weighing returning team strength with current-season results in determining predicted team finishes at the NCAA Regional Championships.
UTA's men's and women's teams will return to action Saturday in Ruston, La., at the Louisiana Tech Mook 4.