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UTSA closes out season with strong finishes at NCAA South Central Regional

BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Led by a top-35 individual finish from Colton Stunkard, the UTSA men's cross country team placed 13th at the NCAA South Central Regional, while the women finished 18th behind Abby Balli's top-75 showing on Friday at Watts Cross Country Course.
Stunkard crossed in 33rd place to lead the Roadrunners to 13th in the 27-team field. UTSA tallied 394 points to end up just ahead of UT Arlington (395), which entered the meet ranked eighth in the region. The Roadrunners also finished ahead of notable programs such as TCU (17th), Houston (18th) and LSU (23rd), and they were only 20 points behind traditional distance power Abilene Christian.
Stunkard covered the 10,000-meter loop in a time of 31:50.5 to pace the Roadrunners. The sophomore transfer from Texas City was the team's top finisher for the fifth time in the final meet of the season.
Jake Smith, a senior out of Yuma, Arizona, was close behind his teammate, placing 43rd with a time of 32:11.2.
Idol Ramon was the third Roadrunner to cross, clocking a 33:36.0 for 87th, while Harrison Wade and Spencer Herbstritt were neck-and-neck in 115th (34:11.4) and 116th (34:14.0), respectively.
Landon Blankenship placed 121st (34:19.5) and Gabe Hernandez was 136th (35:01.4) to round out the UTSA lineup.
In the first race of the day, Balli, a senior from Pasadena, toured the 6k course in 22:16.8 to finish 72nd and lead the UTSA women to 18th place. The Roadrunners scored 517 points to place just ahead of Louisiana (523) and close behind SFA (484).
Madi Henry timed 22:44.0 to finish 90th and Luzaan De Wit was right behind in 104th with a 23:01.8 clocking.
Brooke Veltman and Chante Dixon finished 126th (23:27.4) and 128th (23:30.5), respectively, to finish out the top five Roadrunners.
Savannah Lopez placed 144th (23:48.1) and Lily Morrill was 159th (24:38.2) for the women.
"Both teams competed really well today," cross country coach David Hartman said. "They finished much higher than what they were ranked. They had a tremendous season, and I'm extremely proud of them."
Arkansas (49) edged out Texas (55) to win the team title on the men's side, while Arkansas also claimed the women's crown with 49 points ahead of Texas' 102.
UTSA Results
Women's 6K — 18th (517)
72. Abby Balli 22:16.8
90. Madi Henry 22:44.0
104. Luzaan De Wit 23:01.8
126. Brooke Veltman 23:27.4
128. Chante Dixon 23:30.5
144. Savannah Lopez 23:48.1
159. Lily Morrill 24:38.2
Men's 10K — 13th (394)
33. Colton Stunkard 31:50.5
43. Jake Smith 32:11.2
87. Idol Ramon 33:36.0
115. Harrison Wade 34:11.4
116. Spencer Herbstritt 34:14.0
121. Landon Blankenship 34:19.5
136. Gabe Hernandez 35:01.4