06/19 - TBA
WTF at USA Championships
06/19 - TBA
MTF at USA Championships
08/14 - TBA
SOC at Creighton (exh)
08/23 - 7:00 PM
SOC vs Kansas
08/25 - 1:00 PM
SOC vs SMU
08/30 - 7:00 PM
SOC vs St. Louis
08/31 - TBA
FB vs Louisiana
09/01 - 7:00 PM
SOC at Missouri State
09/04 - 7:00 PM
SOC vs Tulsa
09/07 - TBA
FB vs Samford
09/08 - 2:00 PM
SOC vs Nebraska
09/13 - 5:00 PM
SOC at Utah State
09/14 - TBA
FB vs Southern Mississippi
09/15 - 2:00 PM
SOC at TCU
FAYETTEVILLE - In the course of two weeks, the University of Arkansas women's cross country team has gone from team on the outside looking in to a top-15 ranking in the Oct. 4 release of the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national poll. The Razorbacks come in as the No. 11 team in the country this week.
For the first three weeks of the season, Arkansas was part of the group of teams receiving votes but sitting just outside the national Top 30. That changed after the Razorbacks' first-place run at the Inter-Regional Bubble Buster in Toledo, Ohio, resulted in a No. 18 ranking in the Sept. 27 poll. In that eight-team race, Arkansas finished ahead of two nationally ranked teams.
The climb continued last weekend with a runner-up team performance at the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Ind. Including Arkansas, the competition field featured six ranked teams and another opportunity for the team to shine on a national stage. With their second-place result, the Razorbacks finished ahead of four nationally ranked teams, including then-No. 2 New Mexico.
"We've got great depth," head coach Lance Harter said. "To be ranked as high as we are right now at No. 11 with three freshmen in our lineup is even more rarified air. From our first to our seventh runner, we're running 30 seconds apart which is miraculously close."
Dating back to the start of the 1995 season, there have been 123 weeks' worth of USTFCCCA rankings and the Razorbacks have been ranked 106 times in that span. That figure is the seventh-highest total in the country. With their current position of No. 11, Arkansas has now been a national top-15 team 79 times, representing more than half of its time spent in the national polls in the past 17 years.
After consecutive weeks on the competition course, Arkansas will take a break this weekend and return to action Oct. 15 for the 23rd Annual Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville. The women's collegiate 6K race is scheduled for a 10:30 a.m. (CT) start at Agri Park.
"I think we have a lot of positive momentum," Harter said. "This is probably the closest group we've had since 2006 where they'll give absolutely lay it on the line for each other and themselves. More so, they are very dedicated to the team concept and that holds true in workouts as well as out during the moment of the races."
For more information regarding Razorback cross country or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
Ranked Teams Defeated by Arkansas in 2011 (ranking at time of race)
No. 2 New Mexico - Notre Dame Invitational, Sept. 30
No. 19 West Virginia - Inter-Regional Bubble Buster, Sept. 23
No. 22 Princeton - Notre Dame Invitational, Sept. 30
No. 28 Penn State - Notre Dame Invitational, Sept. 30
No. 29 Toledo - Inter-Regional Bubble Buster, Sept. 23
No. 29 BYU - Notre Dame Invitational, Sept. 30