ULM meets elite competition in College Station

Jonah Bostick

The ULM cross-country team traveled to College Station on Saturday to compete in the Arturo Barrios Invite. It was the fourth event for cross country in the fall season. The meet contained big-time names such as Ohio State, Florida and Texas A&M. 

The team last attended the Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where the men failed to produce a team score as the women placed 25th out of 31 teams with 688 points. 

Out of the two events that occurred, the Warhawks only competed in the women’s 6k. ULM qualified for a team score and placed 31st out of 38 schools with 824 points and an average time of 23:52.82. 

The top runner for the Warhawks was sophomore Paula Vaquera who placed 94th overall and finished with a time of 22:33.4, giving the Warhawks 90 points. Sophomore Eliana Battle produced 150 points, recording a time of 23:28.0 and placing 174th. Freshman Anna Naff finished with a time of 24:02.5 and earned 175 points. Sophomore Ansley Long ran a 24:39.3, and Sophomore Jalynn Lozano ran a 24:51.2. Long and Lozano both gave ULM 200 and 209 points each. 

The event featured three other teams from the Sun Belt Conference. Arkansas State finished in 11th place with 275 points with an average time of 21:49.48. Louisiana-Lafayette finished 25th, earning 665 points and having an average time of 23:12.38. 

Texas State placed below the Warhawks in 36th and produced 1,081 points with an average time of 26:47.44.

Ohio State topped the standings with only 38 points. Texas A&M finished 4th in their own meet but took first in the men’s 8k. 

ULM won’t have to wait long for their next meet. They will attend the Sun Belt Conference Championship in Foley, Alabama on Oct. 28 and 29.