FORT SMITH – The University of Arkansas- Fort Smith cross country teams took the titles at Saturday’s Fort Smith Invitational. The Invitational, only the second hosted by UAFS in school history, opened the the 2019 season for the Lions and Lady Lions.
Senior Kandace Young set the pace in the women’s five kilometer competition, earning individual honors with a time of 20:52. Freshman Kari Sosa and Junior Morgan Fagen finished second and third with respective times of 22:01.01 and 22:20.08. Senior Cami Hedstrom finished fourth with a time of 22:31.3 while Freshman Megan Thompson rounded out the field at fifth finishing with a time of 22:58.6.
Senior Will Phillips earned the individual title in the men’s eight kilometer competition running the race in 28:30.2. Freshman Shad Cates and Senior Oliver Perezfinished second and third with respective times of 30:08 and 30:22.4. Freshman Nathaniel Gonzalez finished fourth with a time of 31:19.2 while Alfredo Gallegos, also a Freshman, finished fifth with a time of 31:33.5.
UAFS’ travel to Joplin, Missouri on Saturday, Sept. 21 to compete in the Missouri Southern State University Stampede.