COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The UTA men's cross country team had a strong showing Saturday at the Arturo Barrios Invitational in College Station, Texas, placing seventh among 28 teams. Half of the teams in the field were ranked in their respective regions.
Justin Domangue and Michael Guerrero led the charge for the Mavericks, finishing 12th and 13th respectively. Domangue completed the 8k circuit in 24:44.3 to edge Guerrero by a second and a half. UTA was one of just three schools with multiple runners in the top 13.
Next across the line for UTA was Cole Klashinsky, who placed 43rd in 25:31.9. Grayson Birka (105th, 26:19.6) and Jared Lautenslager (111th, 26:26.1) rounded out the team's scorers. All five of UTA's point scorers landed in the top half of the 224-runner field. The men's team finished with a total of 273 points.
Ten of the schools were ranked in the most recent South Central Regional top-15 rankings. All will be foes once again on the same layout at Texas A&M's Dale Watts cross country course at the regional meet on Friday, Nov. 9.
"It was a good meet for us on many levels," UTA coach John Sauerhage said. "We've had a chance to run in two big, competitive races in a row that will serve us well as we head to the Sun Belt Championships in two weeks."
In addition, the women's team placed 24th overall with 719 points against another loaded field that included a dozen regionally-ranked schools. UTA, still battling injuries, had just five runners compete, meaning all five runners counted toward the team's point total.
Bailey Balmer paced the Mavs for the first time in 2018, as she placed 145th in 23:38.1 in the 6k race. Macey Beazley finished 171st (24:15.9), two spots ahead of Valeria Diaz (24:19.9).
The Mavericks men's and women's teams will next compete Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Sun Belt Conference Championships in Mobile, Ala.