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.