From Harding University
Harding men's cross country started its first race of the season, the Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic, on Saturday and finished it Sunday morning.
Because of a rain delay of more than two hours, the Classic did not start the men's four-mile race until 11:45 p.m. Just after midnight, the Bisons turned in an eighth place finish among 21 teams in a field loaded with NCAA Division I competition.
Harding, the eighth-ranked team in the NCAA Division II Central Region, finished with 252 points. Augusta State, the fourth-ranked team in the Southeast Region, placed seventh and were the only Division II team ahead of Harding.
Sophomore Lajos Farkas was Harding's top finisher, placing 38th in 22 minutes, 1.28 seconds. It was the first time in six career races that Farkas led all Bison runners. Junior Andrew Evans was second among Harding competitors, placing 45th in 22:11.56.
Harding's other scoring runners included Logan Green (60th, 22:41.09), junior Woody Seagren (82nd, 23:04.32), junior Matt Cumpian (95th, 23:20.72), junior Taylor Lively (97th, 23:24.42), and sophomore Zach Uhiren (101st, 23:30.86).
Eastern Kentucky won the team competition with only 18 points. EKU had the top three finishers, including junior Soufiane Bouchikhi winning the race in 20:43.95.
Harding's next race is Friday in Little Rock, Ark., at the UALR Invitational.