The Arkansas Tech University cross country team finished in fourth place at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Invitational at the Rebsamen Golf Course on Saturday.
Harding University claimed first place in the Division II race with an average team time of 18:46. Tech’s competitors finished the race at an average time of 20:47. Nearly 130 women from 13 teams competed in the race.
Emma Dahl of UALR was the overall winner with a time of 17:14.9. Carli Langley of Southern Arkansas University finished first out of D-II schools and second overall with a time of 17:42.9.
Freshman Mary Simmons again set the pace for the Golden Suns, this time completing the 5k race in 19:13.12, which stands as her career-best time. Simmons earned 19th place overall and 10th place among D-II athletes in the race.
Freshman Maria Valente also set a career-best time of 20:09.03, which is 44 seconds faster than her previous best. The performance earned her 40th place.
Freshman Logan Edwards also cut seconds off her average time, as she finished in 50th place at a time of 20:35.90.
Freshman Afia Abdus Samad finished in 80th place with a time of 22:20.87, and sophomore Jazmin Urioste finished in 81st place with a time of 22:27.96.
Former Tech runner Cheryl Nolan, who now competes for UALR, finished the race in fourth place overall with a time of 17:48.1. Kaitlin Bounds, who recently graduated from Tech, finished the race in ninth overall with a time of 18:37.0.
The Golden Suns will travel to East Central University in Ada, Okla., for its final regular-season race. The Tiger Chase will begin on Saturday morning.
The Great American Conference Championships are scheduled for Nov. 8 in Ada, Okla.