BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - On the heels of another strong finish by junior Daniel Mutai, the ULM men's cross country team finished in fifth place at the Sun Belt Conference Cross Country Championships at Kereiakes Park.
Western Kentucky won the overall team title with 36 points, with UALR (51 points), Middle Tennessee (64), FIU (126 points) and ULM (149 points) comprising the top five.
Mutai earned a third place finish individually in the 8k race, completing the trek in 24:28.10. By way of his finish in the top 10, the Kapsabet, Kenya, native earned All-Sun Belt Conference honors.
Senior Moses Chelimo was the next Warhawk runner to cross the finish line, earning 15th place with a time of 26:06.20. Junior Silah Chumba was the third ULM runner in the top 20, recording a 26:28.60 for 20th.
Freshman Austin Thomas claimed the 53rd position with a time of 28:15.40, while junior Devin Caldwell registered a 28:36.50 for 58th place.
Middle Tennessee's Justus David took home the overall win with a time of 24:25.70. David was followed by Western Kentucky's Deus Rwaheru (24:27.50), Mutai, and Western Kentucky's David Mokone (24:47.00) and Peter Okwera (24:53.10) in the top five.
The ULM women's team registered a ninth place team finish, led by an individual finish of 28th by junior Madeleine Robertson. Robertson completed the 5k run in 19:32.50.
Senior Denise Myers posted a time of 19:42.00 for 38th place, while sophomore Sharon Sason (20:47.00) and freshman Tyreca Jackson (20:48.90) claimed 62nd and 63rd, respectively. Junior Jasmine Garcia registered a 20:49.40 for 65th place.
Western Kentucky earned its second team win to sweep the championships, scoring 60 points. North Texas earned runner-up honors with 74 points, followed by South Alabama (97 points), UALR (98 points) and Arkansas State (113 points).
Western Kentucky's Marion Kandie posted a 17:21.50 for the individual title. Middle Tennessee's Lucy Kapkai (17:45.70), North Texas' Ingrid Mollenkompf (17:52.60), Western Kentucky's Vasity Chemweno (18:00.10) and South Alabama's Tori Lawson (18:07.90) rounded out the top five.