Cross country completes season at regionals
Nov. 9, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The UT Arlington cross country teams completed their seasons Friday after taking part in the NCAA South Central Regional. The men's team placed 11th, while the women had just two runners compete, and therefore did not figure into the team standings.
For the men, freshman Craig Lautenslager crossed the line first for the Mavericks, placing 27th. His time of 31:36.6 (10k) was the best by any freshman competing at the event.
Lautenslager, a first-team All-Western Athletic Conference honoree, narrowly missed out on all-region honors, which are issued to the top 25 finishers. His time was nearly 30 seconds faster than his mark last month on the same layout.
Virgilio Martinez, the team's top runner throughout the year and a fellow first-team all-conference performer, was unable to finish. While running with Lautenslager, Martinez injured his ankle at the 2.5-mile mark.
"We are disappointed with the way we finished," head coach John Sauerhage said. "But we had a great season and learned a lot about ourselves and how we need to compete. Craig really ran a strong race today and had a great freshman year."
Senior Eric Montou was the second Maverick to finish, placing 59th in 32:45.3. He led a pack of UTA runners that claimed four spots between 59th and 65th.
The team totaled 265 points with its five runners that finished.
For the first time in her young career, freshman Gabriela Alfonzo led the UTA women. She placed 49th overall with a season-best time of 22:37.5, shaving 12 seconds off her clocking on the same course last month.
Hannah Nilsson, who paced UTA in the team's other five meets of the year, placed 67th. She competed the 6k course in 23:06.9.