Runnin' Rob Kraus led Southern Arkansas for the second-straight meet, true freshman Wesley Maxwell logged a consecutive solid showing in his rookie campaign and the Mulerider men placed 18th among a regionally tough field at the nationally-renown Southern Stampede from the Tom Rutledge XC Course on the campus of Missouri Southern State University.
Kraus posted a time of 26:20.84 to place 62nd overall among the 141-runner field. Maxwell snuck inside the field's top 100 with a 98th place finish in 27:09.20. Classmate Michael Marler was 14 seconds back of Maxwell in 27:23.29 which earned him a 105th place result.
Senior Hector Hernandez posted a time of 27:32.25 to place 111th, while sophomore Jorge Sanchez rounded out point-scoring performances for Southern Arkansas with a 114th place finish in 27:40.34.
Two more true freshmen, Pedro Robles and Joseph Garay, placed sixth and seventh in the Muleriders' order. Robles finished in 28:12.40 to place 124th. Garay's time of 29:10.98 landed him in 133rd.
The Muleriders' top five averaged 27:13.18 in its 8K efforts. Southern Arkansas topped Arkansas-Fort Smith, Rockhurst and Northwestern Oklahoma State.
For the women, the young Muleriders placed 23rd among a deep and highly-talented field of regional competitors.
Sophomore Logan Warren led the squad with a top 80 finish in 18:58.55. Sophomore Dakota Cassidy followed at 19:40.44 and was the first of three Muleriders that recorded times inside the field's top 130. Alyzah McGlasson's time of 19:46.00 placed her five spots back of Cassidy at 116th. True freshman Ava Zindler finished in 128th behind a result of 20:14.75 which betters her 5K time in her debut two weekends ago. Bronwyn Buchanan rounded out the point-scoring runners with a time of 21:37.86 which put her in 157th.
SAU's top five averaged 20:03.52 per result with a total time of 1:40:17.59. The Muleriders topped Central Oklahoma, Southwestern Oklahoma and Northwestern Oklahoma.
True freshman J'aime Brown and grad Alyssa Solis both logged results inside the top 175. Brown's personal best 5K time of 22:55.43 placed her 166th and Solis' finish in 23:34.74 resulted in 172nd place.
Southern Arkansas prepares for another nationally-renown race as the Chile Pepper Festival hosted by the University of Arkansas awaits on Friday, Sept. 30 in Fayetteville.