RECAP: #UTTylerXC men take Tiger Invitational title

Saturday, October 1, 2016
by Wes Bloomquist ||

MARSHALL – The UT Tyler men’s cross country team finished first and the women took second at the ETBU Tiger Invitational on Saturday at the Marshall City Arena.

RESULTS 🔗: Women Team  | Men Team  |  Men Individual | Women Individual

The Patriot men topped 13 teams to win the title, while the women finished second behind Texas-Dallas in their fourth meet of the season. UT Tyler would beat American Southwest Conference opponents LeTourneau, ETBU, Belhaven, Louisiana College and McMurry in the meet.

"The ASC Championship race will be epic," UT Tyler coach Bob Hepler said. "The UT Dallas and UT Tyler ladies will be very close like today. Holly and Rachel were amazing today. They need to be even better at the end of the month. I've been working the guys very hard. I even had them do a full five-mile workout before today's race. They are so tough. Many of our guys still ran personal bests. Gerardo, Nathan and Miles were shining bright like diamonds." 

Rachel Willis led the UT Tyler women and finished eighth overall in the 6K race by running a 24:04 in the 92-runner race. Holly Nohavitza ran a 24.33 for 10th overall and her third top-10 finish of the season. A senior from Portland, Nohavitza has two runner-up finishes this season to go along with her strong showing on Saturday at the ETBU meet.

UT Tyler senior Gerardo Viera led the Patriot men on Saturday by running a 27:33 and finishing 11th overall in a 113-runner race. It was the first time this season that Viera was the lead runner for the Patriots and the second 8K race of the season. Nathan Adams was just behind Viera, finishing 12th overall and crossing the finish line in 27:35. A freshman, Adams has been second for the Patriots in each of the first four meets of his career.

Miles Zeolrlin would take 21st with a time of 27:59 in the 8K race, while Marcus Allen ran a 28:14 to finish 25th overall. Bethany Cox (25:21) and Lauren Halliday (25:24) earned top-20 finishes for the Patriots.

The women’s race was won by Ivie Nobles (Truett-McConnell) who ran a 22:59 with Alexis Segura of LeTourneau running a 23:36 to be the top ASC finisher in the race. Laban Kandie of Wiley won the men’s race with a 26:09 and McMurry’s Michael Benoit ran a 26:15 for second. Taber Miyauchi secured fifth with a run of 26:57 for the YellowJackets.

UT Tyler will return to competition by running at Mississippi College on Friday, Oct. 7 in Jackson, Mississippi. The Patriots have six regular-season meets that will lead up to the American Southwest Conference Championships on Saturday, Oct. 29 at Concordia in Austin.