The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith cross country teams kicked off the fall 2019 season with a perfect showing in the Fort Smith Invitational.
Senior Kandace Young set the pace in the women's five-kilometer competition, earning individual honors with a time of 20:52. Freshman Kari Sosa and junior Morgan Fagen finished second and third with respective times of 22:01.01 and 22:20.08. Senior Cami Hedstrom finished fourth with a time of 22:31.3 while freshman Megan Thompson rounded out the field at fifth finishing with a time of 22:58.6.
Senior Will Phillips earned the individual title in the men's eight-kilometer competition running the race in 28:30.2. Freshman Shad Cates and Senior Oliver Perez finished second and third with respective times of 30:08 and 30:22.4. Freshman Nathaniel Gonzalez finished fourth with a time of 31:19.2 while Alfredo Gallegos, also a freshman, finished fifth with a time of 31:33.5.