XC: Ojeda named Sun Belt Runner of the Week
Oct. 23, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington sophomore Eric Ojeda has nabbed Sun Belt Conference Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week accolades for his performance at the Crimson Classic, the league office announced Wednesday. It is the first weekly honor of the season for a member of the Mavericks cross country squad.
Ojeda, a first-year walk-on and native of Grand Prairie, Texas, paced the team for the first time in his career with a season-best 8k time of 25:03.37. He finished 11th individually, helping the Mavericks earn an impressive runner-up showing at the event.
"I can't say enough about what Eric has done this season," head coach John Sauerhage said. "He has worked so hard and has been a tremendous addition to our team. We are extremely proud of Eric and are looking forward to seeing him continue to progress over his career."
On the strength of Ojeda's performance, UTA vaulted to its highest regional ranking in school history at No. 3 in the South Central Region behind only Arkansas and Texas. The Mavericks, listed 15th regionally last week, jumped 12 spots to make the biggest move by any team in the country. No other school in any region increased its ranking by more than four spots.
Following an off-week from competition, UTA will return to action Saturday, Nov. 2, in Troy, Ala., at the Sun Belt Conference Championships. The men will be seeking their second straight league title after claiming the 2012 Western Athletic Conference championship.