20 Sep Uwajeneza wins Missouri Southern Stampede individual title
Florance Uwajeneza might be the most in-form athlete in the region right now.
The junior won the individual title at the Missouri Southern Stampede on Saturday, making it five wins in five races in her cross country career as a Lady Buff. As a team, WT finished fourth overall.
Uwajeneza crossed the line in 16 minutes, 43 seconds, marking the first time in her career to run a 5,000-meter cross country race in under 17 minutes. Right behind her was teammate Eleonora Curtabbi, who crossed the line with a time of 16:44.
The junior from St. Paul, Minnesota has yet to win anything but gold this season on the cross country course, winning the individual title in each of her five races with the Lady Buffs that date back to last year’s season.
Women’s soccer records free-kick winner
CANYON — Women’s soccer Emily Avila’s free-kick proved to be the difference as West Texas A&M finished non-conference play with a 1-0 victory over Southwestern Oklahoma State on Sunday afternoon at The Pitch in Canyon. The Lady Buffs improved to 4-1-0 on the season.
Avila broke the deadlock with her 65th-minute strike with a free-kick just outside the penalty area hit to the right side of the goal. The junior has become a dead-ball specialist, scoring all three of her goals from free-kicks this season.
Goalkeeper Reagan Heelan picked up her second shutout of the season with four saves, three of those coming in the second half.
The Lady Buffs open Lone Star Conference play at UT Permian Basin at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Odessa.
Men’s soccer remains undefeated
CANYON — The No. 6-ranked earned a 2-1 victory over Northwest Nazarene on Saturday afternoon at The Pitch. The Buffs are now 4-0-0 while the Nighthawks fell to 3-3-0.
LSC Player of the Week Giancarlo Saldana scored a brace in the game to put his season tally to six goals so far. Saldana netted the opening goal in the 21st minute then doubled the Buffs’ advantage in the 74th minute.
Sullivan Smith headed home what would end up being a consolation goal for the Nighthawks in the 86th minute.
The Buffs will face conference rival No. 18-ranked Midwestern State in a non-conference bout at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Wichita Falls.
Lady Buffs volleyball splits LSC-opening weekend series
WT volleyball opened Lone Star Conference action over the weekend.
On Friday, the Lady Buffs fell 3-1 (25-27, 23-25, 25-16, 15-25) to the No. 25-ranked UT Tyler. On Saturday, WT rebounded to sweep Texas A&M-Commerce (25-16, 25-22, 25-20).
Torrey Miller led the way for the Lady Buffs in kills, recording 31 over the weekend, followed by Kaya Elliot’s 18 kills and Camy Jones’ 16 kills.
WT will begin its home slate of league play with a three-match stretch, starting with a contest against UT Permian Basin at 6 p.m. Friday at the WTAMU Fieldhouse.
Women’s golf opens season
DENTON — No. 17 West Texas A&M women’s golf opens the 2021-22 season on Monday and Tuesday at the DBU Women’s Classic in Denton.
Alyssa Campbell returns for her junior season after finishing 14th overall at the west regionals. The South Carolina native earned Honorable Mention All-Lone Star Conference honors last season after producing a scoring average of 76.84 while she finished in the Top 10 in six of eight tournaments for WT.
Rylie Cook also returns for the Lady Buffs after finishing eighth at the west regionals for her second Top 10 finish in her freshman campaign. She was one of two Lady Buffs to win a tournament after carding a 1-under at the WT Fall Invitational.
The 36-hole tournament, played at the Robson Ranch Wildhorse Golf Club, will host 18-schools including 10 ranked programs in the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) Top 25.
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