MAGNOLIA, Ark. (SAU) - The Southern Arkansas University Mulerider and Lady Mulerider cross country teams hosted their annual Lois Davis Invitational on Saturday October 12 beginning at 9 a.m. This year's home meet, held in honor of late Lady Mulerider cross country runner Lois Davis, boasted more than 800 runners between the collegiate, high school, junior high and open races. In the collegiate races, the Muleriders took second place and the Lady Muleriders won overall.
In the women's collegiate 5k at 9 a.m., 61 runners toed the line hoping for first place, but junior Carli Langley took home the individual title yet again. Langley ran a 19:11, at 6:11 per mile, far surpassing Texas A&M-Commerce's Terra Truitt, who came in second at 19:27. Second for the Lady Muleriders and third overall was freshman Madison Brown, who finished in 19:32. Hot on Brown's heels was sophomore Virginia Ney, finishing fourth overall with a time of 19:36. Fourth for the Lady Muleriders was freshman Hannah Raney, who finished tenth overall in 20:08, and rounding out the scorers was junior Ashley Price, who finished 12th overall with a 20:21.
Acting as displacers for the Lady Muleriders were freshman Diana Mukweyi, who finished 13th overall in 20:27, and junior Michelle Beavers, who finished 14th overall in 20:29.
Non-scoring Lady Muleriders included sophomore LaKresha James (15th, 20:44), junior Cheyenne Meyer (23rd, 21:34), freshman Alayna Nevins (24th, 21:41), sophomore Sheridan Cooper (37th, 23:33), freshman Elizabeth Ivey (38th, 23:34), sophomore Leah Jamison (44th, 24:21), and freshman Mattie Whitehead (49th, 25:24).
The team took first overall with 28 points (12 more than the second place Texas A&M University - Commerce) and an average time of 19:46. They claimed victory over not only TAMUC, but also William Carey University (Miss.), Grambling State University (La.), Henderson State University (also in the Great American Conference) and the University of Arkansas - Monticello (GAC).