FORT SMITH, Ark. – First-year UAFS women’s cross country coach Lauren Unger knew the Missouri Southern State University Stampede was one of the most-competitive meets in the region.

Her Lady Lions proved to be more than ready for the challenge.

Junior Kelsea Geschwentner posted a 28th-place finish to lead the Lady Lions to a ninth-place finish in the annual event held on Saturday at Joplin, Mo.

Southwest Baptist University won the 17-team event with 34 points, edging runner-up Pittsburg State by 25 points.

It was the second time in as many opportunities for Geschwentner to lead the Lady Lions’ contingent. The transfer from Garden City (Kan.) Community College covered the 5k course in a time of 18:51.46.

Sophomore Katy Carter of Magazine finished 49th with a time of 19:25.74, freshman Hannah Holstein finished 73rd with a time of 20:02.46, freshman Natalie Flippo finished 77th with a time of 20:12.19, sophomore Carlee Rodriguez finished 110th with a time of 20:50.44, junior Lydia Humphrey finished 115th with a time of 21:10.70 and freshman Jaycee Mayfield finished 136th with a time of 22:03.90.

Pittsburg State’s Jessica Macy topped the 151 runners, covering the course in a time of 16:52.56.