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UALR's Mackenzie Bloom led the women with a 12th-place finish at the UALR Invitational on Friday, Sept. 7.
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UALR's Mackenzie Bloom led the women with a 12th-place finish at the UALR Invitational on Friday, Sept. 7.
Courtesy: Nelson Chenault
UALR's Mackenzie Bloom led the women with a 12th-place finish at the UALR Invitational on Friday, Sept. 7.
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UALR Men Stay at No. 11, Women Move to No. 15 in Latest USTFCCCA Regional Poll
UALR Sports Information
Release: 09/10/2012

LITTLE ROCK - The UALR men's and women's cross country teams are ranked No. 11 and No. 15, respectively, in this week's United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) South Central Region poll. The Trojan men's ranking was unchanged from the initial preseason poll, while the UALR women fell one spot from No. 14 in the preseason rankings.

The South Central Region rankings on the men's side saw no changes from the season-opening poll. Texas, Texas A&M and Arkansas lead the pack at No. 1, 2 and 3, respectively, while Lamar (No. 4) and Rice (No. 5) round out the top five.

The women's poll saw a few teams shift, as SMU jumped three spots to No. 5 and TCU fell two spots to No. 7. Sam Houston State and UT Arlington both entered the poll after being unranked to start the season.

The Trojans opened their season on Friday, Sept. 7 by hosting the UALR Invitational at Rebsamen Golf Course. Markus Pearson led the men with a sixth-place finish (15:47.84) in the men's 5K, while Mackenzie Bloom paced the UALR women with a 12th-place finish in the women's 5K (19:42.81).

Shaun Koehn (15:47.84) and Felix Maritim (15:51.43) placed seventh and ninth, respectively, to give the Trojans two additional top-ten finishes in the men's race. Tori Copeland (20:22.16) placed 20th and Breanne Mitchell (20:57.90) finished 29th to help lead the women.

The UALR teams will have three weeks of rest before they travel to Louisville, Ky., for the Greater Louisville Classic on Saturday, Sept. 29. The men's race will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the women will start at 11:30 a.m. 

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