Archives for September 2018

Golden Suns Win ATU Invitational Meet

Arkansas Tech University swept the top five spots in the individual standings and won the team title in the ATU Invitational, a cross country meet that was contested on the Tech campus in Russellville on Saturday.

Aubre Gilreath won the individual title with a time of 19 minutes, 27.2 seconds over the 5-kilometer course. She was subsequently named Great American Conference women’s cross country runner of the week.

Halle Gilreath (2nd, 20:00.9), Shannon McLaughlin (3rd, 20:35.8), Maddy Hubbard (4th, 20:37.4), Megan Bradley (5th, 20:54.8), Astrid Christensen (7th, 21:12.5) and Brynn Elliott (8th, 21:36.4) also represented the Golden Suns in the meet.

Arkansas Tech will run in the University of Arkansas-Little Rock Invitational on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Rebsamen Park Golf Course in Little Rock.

Golden Suns Ease Past ECU in Straight Sets

Arkansas Tech University ran its volleyball winning streak to four matches by defeating East Central University 25-19, 25-22, 25-20 in Great American Conference action at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville on Saturday.

The Golden Suns (12-7 overall, 5-2 GAC) finished with a team hitting percentage of .262 (47 kills, 15 attack errors, 122 total attempts).

Tech’s Allie Anderson notched a match-high 14 kills and Mackenzie Eford contributed 10 kills.

With the win, the Suns maintained sole possession of fourth place in the GAC volleyball standings.

ATU will visit Northwestern Oklahoma State University and Southwestern Oklahoma State University during a two-match GAC swing through the Sooner State on Friday, Oct. 5, and Saturday, Oct. 6.

Partnership Aids Students’ Career Prospects

Enactus and Norman Career Services at Arkansas Tech University partnered during the month of September to provide students with access to resources designed to improve their career readiness.

Workshops on networking, resume review and interview skills reached 128 students and provided them with an opportunity to interact with potential employers Acxiom, Northwestern Mutual and City Year.

All three workshops were included in the On Track program at ATU.

Learn more about On Track.

Learn more about Norman Career Services.

Learn more about Enactus.

No. 7 Ouachita Holds Off Wonder Boys

A pair of fourth-quarter interceptions by Ouachita Baptist University made the difference in a 24-7 Tigers’ victory over Arkansas Tech University in Great American Conference action at Cliff Harris Stadium in Arkadelphia on Saturday afternoon.

The nationally seventh-ranked Tigers (5-0) scored 14 points as a result of those fourth-quarter turnovers by the Wonder Boys (2-3) to hold off an ATU comeback bid.

Arkansas Tech amassed 425 yards of total offense, including a career-high 325 passing yards by quarterback Carter Burcham.

Tech’s Bryan Allen carried 23 times for 104 yards, giving him 3,144 career rushing yards. He surpassed Travis Horn during Saturday’s game to move into No. 3 on the all-time career rushing list at ATU.

KJ Reid made 13 tackles to pace the Wonder Boys’ defense.

Ouachita’s Kris Oliver opened the scoring when he dove over the goal line from 1 yard out with 5:40 remaining in the second quarter. Cole Antley added the extra point and the Tigers held a 7-0 lead.

Antley drilled a 45-yard field goal with 43 seconds remaining in the second quarter, providing Ouachita with a 10-0 margin at halftime.

The score remained unchanged until a 2-yard run by ATU’s Tanner Gaines with 9:16 left in the fourth quarter. Tech’s lone touchdown of the day was set up by a 67-yard pass from Burcham to Terrez Hampton. Carson French added the extra point to pull the Wonder Boys within 10-7.

Tech got the football back with a chance to tie or go ahead, but Ouachita’s Hayden Lassiter made the first of two game-deciding interceptions at the 7:02 mark. He returned the interception 20 yards to the ATU 10, and two plays later Brockton Brown notched an 8-yard touchdown run. The Tigers led 17-7 with 6:17 to go.

Arkansas Tech remained steadfast, driving all the way to the Ouachita 5-yard line on its next possession. Then, on third-and-goal, Keandre Evans intercepted a pass and returned it 100 yards for a Tigers’ touchdown with 3:19 left. Antley’s third extra point of the day set what proved to be the final score.

Oliver finished with 21 carries for 110 yards for OBU.

The Wonder Boys will host the University of Arkansas-Monticello for a 6 p.m. GAC contest at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field in Russellville on Saturday, Oct. 6.

Wonder Boys Face No. 7 Tigers Saturday

One year ago, Ouachita Baptist University traveled to Russellville and upset an undefeated and nationally-ranked Arkansas Tech University football team.

On Saturday, Sept. 29, the Wonder Boys get a chance to repay the favor.

Arkansas Tech (2-2) and nationally seventh-ranked Ouachita Baptist (4-0) will begin their 83rd all-time meeting at noon Saturday at Cliff Harris Stadium in Arkadelphia. Live coverage of the Great American Conference match-up will be available on KCJC 102.3 FM and

The Sept. 30, 2017, meeting between the Wonder Boys and the Tigers came down to the final play. OBU took a 35-31 lead on a 4-yard touchdown run by Drew Harris with 1:36 remaining and then broke up an ATU pass into the end zone as time expired to seal its victory over the 11th-ranked Wonder Boys.

It’s that Ouachita running game — led in 2018 by running backs Shun’cee Thomas and Kris Oliver as well as quarterback Brayden Brazeal — that has vaulted the Tigers to a top-10 ranking. OBU is averaging 282.5 rushing yards per game, third-most in NCAA Division II.

“(Ouachita) has a very good offensive line and a bunch of running backs who do a good job out of the wildcat offense along with the speed sweeps,” said Raymond Monica, ATU head coach. “When they need to make a play, they can throw the ball down the field or (Brazeal) can use his feet to get a first down and keep a drive alive.

“We need to do a better job in special teams to match them because of field position,” continued Monica. “I believe penalties will play a large role in this game. Defensively, we have to stop the run, and on offense we have to convert on third down.”

The Wonder Boys have won two consecutive games, the most recent of which was a 24-10 victory over Southern Nazarene University last Saturday. ATU rallied from a 10-0 halftime deficit to remain undefeated against the Crimson Storm all-time.

“We fought through some adversity, and the defense stepped it up in the second half by forcing some turnovers,” said Monica. “Our offense executed better as the game went along. We were able to run the football and throw it when we needed to. I’m very proud of the way the team fought through some adversity going into halftime. Hopefully we can continue to get better this week.”

Senior running back Bryan Allen rushed for 175 yards and had 219 all-purpose yards for the Wonder Boys in their win over SNU. He was rewarded with a GAC co-offensive player of the week award.

“I thought Bryan ran the football extremely well,” said Monica. “He had some good moves and really ran the ball vertically. He’s playing well. There’s still some inconsistency overall on offense. We’ve left a lot of points off the board so far this year, so hopefully we can put it all together this weekend. It’s a new week, and it’s a new game. Anything can happen.”