UCA’s Wilson get SLC honor
University of Central Arkansas wide reeiver Jatavious Wilson earned some honors in this first game at the University of Central Arkansas.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Jatavious Wilson, Central Arkansas
Wilson, a true freshman from Bastrop, La., returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown in UCA’s 58-7 victory over UIW on Thursday to gain Southland Conference Special Teams Player of the Week. He added two punt returns for 16 yards to go along with four catches for 105 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns. He finished the game with 215 all-purpose yards in his collegiate debut.
Bearbackers moved to Tuesday this week
Because of the Labor Day holiday, the University of Central Arkansas athletics department will be having the weekly Bearbackers luncheon on Tuesday this week. The event begins at 11:45 in the Hall of Fame Room at Estes Stadium. Cost of the lunch is $8.
This week features UCA head football coach Clint Conque, discussing last week’s season-opening win over Incarnate Word and this week’s matchup with FBS Colorado. Also, head volleyball coach David McFatrich will be on hand to highlight last week’s upset of No. 20 Kansas and this week’s Sears Sugar Bear Classic, which begins Thursday night at the Prince Center.
UCA’s Cassar wins at cross country meet
MEMPHIS — University of Central Arkansas sophomore Brooke Cassar won Saturday night’s Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic at the Mike Rose Complex, leading the UCA women to a tie for third place. UCA’s men finished third overall, with Edward Limo and Jonathan Burgess placing in the Top 10.
Cassar ran a 17:26.81 to take the women’s title, breaking the school 5K record by more than 35 seconds. Senior Erika Setzler of Conway also broke the record, finishing fourth in 17:40.75. Senior Kayle Nehus (12th, 18:24.74), freshman Marine Lecart (22nd, 19:08.13) and freshman Bridgette Caruthers (24th, 19:14.36) all finished in the Top 25 of 156 runners.
Senior Megan Effinger was 40th (19:46.91) and freshman Brianna Stuepfert was 42nd (19:49.30) to round out UCA’s top 50 finishers. Mississippi State won the event with 44 points, followed by Ole Miss (53), with UCA tying Arkansas State for third (62). Austin Peay was fifth (149), Morehead State was sixth (160), Memphis was seventh (186) and Mississippi Valley State was eighth (226).
On the men’s side, Limo, a senior, finished sixth in a time of 21:46.57 over the 4.2-mile distance. Burgess, a junior, was ninth in a time of 21:56.62, while senior Amos Gerber was 19th (22:16.40) and junior Connor Ryan was 20th (22:22.26). Freshman Grant Williams finished 23rd (22:26.40), sophomore Albert Maeder was 35th (22:40.56) and junior James Leonard was 43rd (23:00.75) to round out UCA’s top 50 runners in a field of 173.
UCA finished third with 68 points, trailing Mississippi State (55) and Morehead State (60). UCA finished ahead of Memphis, Ole Miss, Arkansas State, Austin Peay and Mississippi Valley State in the meet, which was scored only for NCAA Division I squads.