- The UALR men's and women's cross country teams return to action following a
three-week break with the 11th annual Greater Louisville Classic on
Saturday, Sept. 29. The event will be run at E.P.
Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky., with the men's 8K race beginning at 8:30
a.m. (CST) and the women's 5K starting at 9:15 a.m.
This year's classic will feature an extremely competitive field for both
the men and women. On the men's side, the field includes four ranked teams and
three in the top ten, including No. 1 Wisconsin, No. 6 Texas and No. 8 Iona.
Seven nationally-ranked women's teams are scheduled to compete, including No. 1
Washington, No. 8 Vanderbilt and No. 10 Arkansas.
The Trojans will enter the event on three weeks of rest following the
season-opening UALR Invitational on Friday, Sept. 7. Markus Pearson led the UALR men with a sixth-place finish
(15:46.42) in the men's 5K race. Shaun
Koehn (15:47.84) and Felix Maritim
(15:51.43) placed seventh and ninth, respectively, to give the UALR men three
top-ten finishers. It was the second-straight top-ten finish at the UALR-hosted
event for both Pearson and Maritim.
Gabriel Ghioca (16:31.24) placed 22nd as the first Trojan to cross the line
outside of the top ten. Rodney
Sasse placed 31st in a time of 16:45. Chris Dunbar (17:07.30) and Ben Alexander (18:03.17) rounded out
UALR's finishers on the men's side.
Mackenzie Bloom paced the UALR
women with a 12th-place finish in a time of 19:42.81 in the women's
5K. Tori Copeland placed 20th
(20:22.16) to finish next in line for the Trojans. Breanne Mitchell (29th, 20:57.90) and Therese Moberg (53rd,
24:29.49) rounded out the UALR women finishers.
The Trojans last ran in the Greater Louisville Classic
back in 2009, when the men placed 13th of 38 teams and the women
placed 29th of 35. Pearson placed 208th in 26:46.65 in
the men's 8K at the 2009 Classic. Bloom placed 138th in 19:31.14 in
the women's 5K in 2009.
E.P. Sawyer State Park has been the site of five NAIA National Cross
Country Championships, the 2007 and 2011 Big East Conference Championships, the
2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011 NCAA Division I Southeast Regional