FORT SMITH, Ark. – The UAFS women’s cross country team made history Saturday morning, winning its first meet in the five-year history of the program.
UAFS scored 28 points in the six-team 5k event, edging runner-up John Brown University by 24 points. Ouachita Baptist was third (57), Arkansas Tech was fourth (75), University of Arkansas-Monticello was fifth (140) and University of the Ozarks was sixth (164).
It was the third meet of the season for UAFS, which was coming off a ninth-place finish in the Missouri Southern State University Stampede last week.
Junior Kelsea Geschwentner also made history, becoming the first Lady Lion to win a meet. The junior college transfer from Garden City (Kan.) Community College covered the course in a time of 18:52 to lead the 43-runner field.
She was one of four Lady Lions to finish in the Top 5. Sophomore Katy Carter of Magazine was second with a time of 19:21, freshman Hannah Holstein was third with a time of 19:41, freshman Natalie Flippo was fifth with a time of 20:03, junior Lydia Humphrey was 17th with a time of 20:56 and freshman Jaycee Mayfield was 23rd with a time of 21:50.