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SAU finishes 5th, 6th in GAC Cross Country Championships

October 26, 2021 at 4:00 a.m.

The Southern Arkansas Mulerider cross country team collected a fifth place finish out of eight teams in the GAC Championships last weekend, while the Lady Muleriders finshed sixth.

The event was hosted by Harding University in Searcy on Saturday.

The Muleriders tallied 135 points.

SAU was led by Carlos Armendariz (14th, 26:41.4) and Jaime Quinones (20th, 27:08.8) as they both finished within the top 20 to earn All-GAC Second Team honors.

Two Muleriders tabbed top 40 finishes as Eric Gordon crossed the finish line in 38th place with a time of 28:22.4 and Jorge Sanchez (40th, 28:28.7). Logan Rickey (42nd, 28:36.0), and Isaiha Garzon (44th, 28:42.9) were not far behind as they both finished within the top 50.

Pedro Cervantes (55th, 29:05), Lorenzo Orozco (57th, 29:06), and Asher Hamlin (60th, 29:05.6) cracked the top 60, followed by Madison Langley who was one place away in 61st with a time of 29:26.2).

Raul Lopez (70th, 30:10.0), Andrew Cornett (74th, 30:35.6), and Briston Rains (79th, 31:01.7) all finished within the top 80 for SAU.

Briston Rains took home GAC Distinguished Scholar Athlete honors for his work in the classroom.

The Lady Muleriders tallied 154 points and were led by true freshman Logan Warren who cracked the top 20, as she finished in 16th place (18:57.4) out of 130 runners. Warren's top 20 finish also earns her All-GAC Second Team honors.

Catherine Benavidez (24th, 19.21.4) and Dakota Cassidy (30th, 19:32.6) both finished within the top 30.

SAU had three more runners finish within the top 50, as Bronwyn Buchanan finished in 40th place, followed by Carley Hale (48th, 20:02.3). Leah Sanders (57th, 20:22.1) finished with the top 60.

The rest of SAU's runners in Alyzah McGlasson (74th, 20:59.6), Alyssa Dohm (82nd, 21:23.5), and Cecilia Quesada (95th, 22:02.8) all finished within the top 100.

The GAC also recognized its Distinguished Scholar Athletes, and SAU saw four players take home those honors in Bronwyn Buchanan, Carley Hale, Cecilia Quesada and Leah Sanders.

Print Headline: SAU finishes 5th, 6th in GAC Cross Country Championships

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