XC: UTA men and women sweep titles at Louisiana Tech
Sept. 15, 2012
RUSTON, La. -- For the second time in as many races the UT Arlington men's cross country team posted a perfect score of 15 to win an event, while the women's squad picked up its first victory of the season Saturday at the Louisiana Tech Mook 4.
One week after claiming the first five spots at the UTA Season Opener, the Mavericks nabbed the top seven positions at the Mook 4. Freshman Virgilio Martinez won his second individual title in two tries as a collegian.
Martinez, an Arlington High product, notched a time of 19:00 over the 4-mile (6,400-meter) course to win by 13 seconds over fellow freshman Craig Lautenslager (19:13). Ryan Tilotta placed third in 19:22, as UTA's top three runners from the opening meet held down their same overall positions.
UTA then wrapped up the next four spots in the team's final tune-up before the Notre Dame Invitational when Cody Widener (19:40), Hance Loyd (19:41), Emil Blomberg (19:42) and Robert Gribble(19:42) came through as a pack.
"I'm very pleased with the effort," UTA head coach John Sauerhage said. "We're creating our own momentum the way we are training and racing. We have a long way to go, but if we keep competing well, it's going to carry over into our higher-caliber meets."
The women also picked up an easy victory with a total of 32 points in the 4k run. Hannah Nilsson continued her strong season by finishing second in 12:48, leading the team for the second straight meet. Freshman Gabriela Alfonzoplaced third in 13:06.
"Everyone did a nice job," Sauerhage said. "The women's field was a little more competitive and it's always nice to win a meet. Everybody ran well and is staying positive."
Lincoln Parish Park, the site of the Mook 4, will also serve as the site of the Western Athletic Conference Championships on Oct. 28.
"It was very nice to run on the course that will host the conference meet," Sauerhage said. "We were able to get really familiar with it and that's always nice for our runners."
UTA will take a weekend off from competition before heading to South Bend, Ind., on Sept. 28 for the Notre Dame Invitational.