UCA runners place first at the Governor’s I-40 Showdown

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Central Arkansas Bears traveled to Little Rock on Saturday Oct. 16 for the Little Rock Open at War Memorial Park. 

The women’s team placed first overall out of eight teams and the men’s team placed first overall out of nine teams. The women were led by Kennedy Timmerman and the men were led by Hunter Henderson.

Kennedy Timmerman

The results of this meet led to a UCA Bears victory in the Governor’s 1-40 Showdown with Little Rock with both women’s and men’s teams placing first!

Kennedy Timmerman led the pack with a 4th place finish with a time of 19:06.6 on a 5K course. Sarah Grace Meek placed 10th with a time of 19:58.7. Close behind, Bekah Bostian had a time of 20:06.2 placing 11th. Anna Jeffcoat was right behind in 12th place with a time of 20:10.9. Placing 14th, Jewel Baer had a time of 20:30.6. With a time of 21:02.9, Ashlyn Floyd placed 22nd

Kennedy Timmerman set a personal record on a 5K course with a time of 19:06.6. Freshman Ashlyn Floyd also set a personal record with a time of 21:02.9. 

Hunter Henderson led the pack with a time of 25:54.2 placing 5th on an 8K course. Close behind, William Ryan-Johnson placed 8th with a time of 26:06.7. In 11th, Julian Haessner had a time of 26:16.8. Philipp Haessner placed 12th with a time of 26:18.4. Simon Schneider had a time of 26:47.7 placing 16th. With a time of 26:53.5, River Hill placed 17th. In 18th,

Jared Touart had a time of 27:05.0. Niklas Iking placed 21st with a time of 27:23.8. In 22nd, Jesse Applewhite had a time of 27:37.0. Jackson Salsman had a time of 27:38.6 placing 23rd. With a time of 28.06.2, Brett Borchert placed 30th. Bresner Austin had a time of 28:06.4 placing 31st. Johnny Cordero placed 39th with a time of 28:40.5. In 63rd, Tomas Tompson had a time of 30:27.4. 

Julian Haessner set a personal 8K record with a time of 26:16.8. Philipp Haessner also set a personal 8K record with a time of 26:18.4. River Hill set a personal 8K record with a time of 26:53.5.  Niklas Iking set a personal 8K record with a time of 27:23.8. Jackson Salsman set a personal 8K record with a time of 27:38.6. Bresner Austin set a personal 8K record with a time of 28:06.4. Johnny Cordero set a personal 8K record with a time of 28:40.5. Tomas Tompson set a personal 8K record with a time of 30:27.4. 

Women’s Team Results

1.      Central Arkansas – 32

2.      Arkansas-Little Rock – 41

3.      UA-Fort Smith – 86

4.      Blue Mountain – 102

5.      Oral Roberts – 112

6.      UA Rich Mountain – 158

7.      Jacksonville College – 187

8.      Arkansas-Monticello – 211

From the Women’s Team Leader – Kennedy Timmerman

“It went very, very well, considering we don’t have half of our team with us today. We had several girls at Pre Nationals and we still were able to win, so that is very exciting because once we get them back we should be ten times better. We have had a lot of people that have been injured and sick this year and everyone is seeming to start to get back together, which is the most exciting thing.”

Men’s Team Results

1.      Central Arkansas – 36

2.      Arkansas State – 50

3.      Arkansas-Little Rock – 56

4.      UA-Fort Smith – 117

5.      UL-Monroe – 131

6.      Blue Mountain – 157

7.      Hendrix – 202

8.      UA Rich Mountain – 209

From the Men’s Team Leader – Hunter Henderson

“Overall, I think it was a good performance for men’s and women’s sides. I think the mid-distance crew came up really well. Jesse and Niklas have done a great job at leading them and workout in their off-season for them. I think it was a great capstone for them for this outdoor season. I think Will, Touart, the others, and I did a great job of just doing what we have been doing all season by running with our hearts and running for this team. I think overall it was a good prep for conference coming up in two weeks.”

From the Coach – Head Coach Beau Theriot

“The teams ran as best as the totally could have today. Both squads really grinded out there in the middle. They raced really smart. For a technically tough course, they did as best as they absolutely could and I couldn’t be more excited.”

The Bears will face their next challenge at the ASUN Conference Championships on October 30.