Cross country improves times at Chile Pepper

The Golden Suns cross country team showed strides of improvement at its race on Saturday — the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival at the University of Arkansas.

The multi-division, 374-athlete field in the Women’s 5K Race provided encouragement for Tech, as many Golden Suns set career-low finishes.

The team earned 24th in its division, while freshman Mary Simmons finished first out of the Golden Suns.

Simmons ran the course in 19:36.7, which was enough for 235th place. She beat her previous record time of 19:57.58, which was set at the Southern Stampede at Missouri Southern.

Sophomore Jasmine Urioste finished at 21:33.1 for 336th place.

Freshmen Macy Burroughs and Afia Abdus Samad finished seconds apart. Burrough crossed in 21:53.2 for 347th place, while Samad crossed in 21:56.0 for 349th place.

Sarah Boregengasser finished at 22:03.7 for 352nd place.

Kaitlin Bounds ran unattached in the Open 10K Run and finished with a time of 37:02.2 for 28th place.

The winner of the race, Dominique Scott of the University of Arkansas, finished the race in 16:01.0. The first Great American Conference Athlete to finish was Southern Arkansas’ Carli Langley with a time of 17:37.0 for 43rd place.

Though Harding’s Ewa Zaborowska finished in seventh at 16:34.2, she competed individually.

The Golden Suns will compete Saturday at the SBU Invite in Bolivar, Mo.

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Laura Bean managed The Arka Tech during the 2014-2015 academic year. As of June 2015, she is the managing editor of a weekly in northern Arkansas.