College notes: UTA men win Sun Belt cross country title

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The UT Arlington men’s cross country team won its second consecutive title at the Sun Belt Conference Championships on Saturday in Troy, Ala.

It was the Mavericks’ first Sun Belt title in any sport. UTA won the Western Athletic Conference title last season.

The women’s team finished second.

The Mavericks took five of the top seven places.

Craig Lautenslager was the team’s top performer, finishing second on the 8-kilomer course with a 25:31.8. Ryan Tilotta was third with a 25:39.3.

“The guys had a race plan that they were able to execute very well,” UTA coach John Sauerhage said. “We sent a message early on with our start and we held it throughout the race. We really showed our team depth, as our splits from 1-5 were very good.”

Emil Blomberg was fifth with a 25:49.3 and Eric Ojeda was sixth with a 25:52.4. Ojeda was named Freshman of the Year.

In other UTA sports:

• Volleyball: UTA fell to Western Kentucky 3-0 in Sun Belt play.

The Mavericks’ third consecutive loss completed the home portion of the regular season. UTA is 15-12 overall and 8-6 in the SBC going into four season-ending road matches before the conference tournament.

Amanda Welsh and Cassidy Wheeler each had 15 assists for the Mavericks. Caitlyn Cooney racked up 16 digs and Shelby Dickson added 10.

TCU roundup

• Volleyball: TCU dropped its fourth consecutive match, falling to to Kansas 3-1.

The Horned Frogs fell to 13-11 for the season and 2-8 in the Big 12.

Stephanie Holland had 14 kills for TCU. Ashley Smith and Yvonne Igodan added 13 kills and 10 kills, respectively.

Alexia Heist and Trisha Langley had 27 assists and 20 assists, respectively.

• Cross country: The TCU men finished ninth and the women 10th at the Big 12 Cross Country Championships in Waco.

Oklahoma State won the men’s title and Iowa State the women’s championship.

Texas Wesleyan

• Women’s basketball: Takoia Larry had 21 points and eight rebounds, leading the Rams to an 82-77 victory over host Oklahoma Wesleyan in their season opener.

Also scoring in double figures were ToiEasha Cooper with 17, Caitlin Boal with 14, Krissy Parker with 12 and Kayla McCray with 10.

Receiver injured

Michael Campanaro, one of the best receivers in the ACC and Wake Forest’s top offensive playmaker, broke his collarbone on Saturday in a 13-0 loss at Syracuse and will miss four to six weeks, ESPN reported.

Campanaro entered the game third all time in the conference with 227 catches.

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