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Arkansas Earns Berth to NCAA Championships wit

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Arkansas Earns Berth to NCAA Championships wit


WACO, Texas – The seventh-ranked Razorback cross country team posted a first-place performance at the NCAA South Central Regional Championships on Saturday morning to gain an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships. Arkansas had six runners finish in the top 25 to tally 54 points on the Cottonwood Creek Golf Course. Texas A&M claimed second with 73.
Arkansas’ win marked the 15th-consecutive time the Hogs have brought home the regional title. Overall, the Razorbacks have won 25 regional crowns since 1976.
Senior All-American Alistair Cragg continued to improve as he garnered runner-up honors when he clocked a 10K time of 30:08. In 2002 Cragg captured the individual title (29:45). This year’s regional contest was only his second meet of the season. Paul Morrison of Texas took the top prize with a time of 29:43.
“It was a good meet for us,” Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said. “All seven guys ran well. I told Alistair (Cragg) not to go for first place, but just to hang back. He looked great down the stretch and gained some ground at the end, even when he was just going nice and easy. Said Ahmed and Adam Perkins ran well too. It was good to see them move up. If we stay healthy we’ll be in good shape for nationals, but we’ll still have a very young group.”
Junior All-American Jason Sandfort was UA’s second man when he registered a time of 30:19 for fifth place overall. Sophomore transfer Matt Gunn turned in a time of 31:12 for 14th place, while freshman Mike Poe was right behind in 15th (31:15).
Freshman Josh Harper was the fifth man on the roster after he came in 22nd (31:44). In only his second race of the year, sophomore Said Ahmed ran a season-best time of 31:49 for 24th. Freshman Adam Perkins rounded out the Hogs in 38th place and a time of 32:19.
The NCAA Cross Country Championships on Nov. 24 will be next on the agenda for the Razorbacks. They will look for an upset in trying to claim their 12th national title as they carry a No. 7 national ranking into Waterloo, Iowa.

Results:

                                NCAA CROSS COUNTRY SOUTH CENTRAL REGIONAL                                                                      NOVEMBER 15, 2003                                                                                              UNIVERSITY MEN (10,000m)                                                                        School                  1    2    3    4    5    6    7   Score     ______________________________________________________________________     Arkansas                      2    5   13   14   20   22   36      54     Texas A&M                     6    8    9   17   33   38   42      73     Stephen F. Austin             4    7   11   21   34   49   54      77     Texas                         1   12   23   24   25   29   48      85     Sam Houston State             16   32   35   37   43   80   93     163     Rice                          10   18   40   53   59   97          180     Baylor                        19   27   41   61   65  101          213     Texas - Pan American          3   44   70   72   82   83   92     271     Houston                       45   47   55   58   66   71   91     271     Texas A&M - Corpus Christi    39   50   57   62   67   79   90     275     Louisiana State University    15   56   63   73   77   87   99     284     Arkansas - Little Rock        28   31   46   89   95   98  107     289     Mcneese State                 30   60   69   75   76  102          310     Louisiana - Monroe            51   52   64   86   94               347     Texas Christian               26   78   85   88   96  104  106     373     Louisiana - Lafayette         68   74   81   84  100  103  105     407                                  NCAA CROSS COUNTRY SOUTH CENTRAL REGIONAL                                                                      NOVEMBER 15, 2003                                                                                              UNIVERSITY MEN (10,000m)                                                                     Ind   Team       Pl    Pl    Tag  Name                  School                       Time       ________________________________________________________________________        1     1     284  Paul Morrison         Texas                         29:43       2     2     16   Alistair Cragg        Arkansas                      30:13       4     4     259  Michael Thompson      Stephen F. Austin             30:17       5     5     26   Jason Sandfort        Arkansas                      30:19       6           233  Dalibor Balgac        Southern Methodist            30:27       7     6     336  Tommy Bonn            Texas A&M                     30:31       8     7     255  Nathan Flores         Stephen F. Austin             30:47       9     8     394  Brian McKinstry       Texas A&M                     30:48       10    9     338  Andrew Cook           Texas A&M                     30:49       11    10    206  Stephen Magness       Rice                          30:50       12    11    257  Justin Meier          Stephen F. Austin             30:51       13    12    287  Joe Thorne            Texas                         31:08       14    13    20   Matt Gunn             Arkansas                      31:12       15    14    25   Mike Poe              Arkansas                      31:15       16    15    148  Jeffrey Wiggins       Louisiana State University    31:19       17          303  Erik Petersson        Texas - Arlington             31:23       18    16    225  Raul Villarreal       Sam Houston State             31:25       19    17    343  Jon Lewis             Texas A&M                     31:28       20    18    205  Marcel Hewamudalige   Rice                          31:34       21    19    74   Bo Price              Baylor                        31:38       22    20    21   Josh Harper           Arkansas                      31:44       23    21    250  Julian Acuna          Stephen F. Austin             31:45       24    22    14   Said Ahmed            Arkansas                      31:49       25    23    288  Jon Von Letscher      Texas                         31:52       26    24    283  Andrew Middleton      Texas                         31:52       27    25    281  Mark Floreani         Texas                         31:56       28    26    388  Jackson Langat        Texas Christian               32:00       29    27    71   Matt Chance           Baylor                        32:00       30    28    45   Dmitry Shokur         Arkansas - Little Rock        32:01       31    29    285  John Rainbolt         Texas                         32:08       32    30    159  Kris Gilmore          Mcneese State                 32:09       33    31    44   Andrey Shokur         Arkansas - Little Rock        32:13       34    32    224  Eli Umanzor           Sam Houston State             32:14       35    33    346  Matt McLeod           Texas A&M                     32:16       36    34    254  Marc Farris           Stephen F. Austin             32:18       37    35    220  Isai Llanes           Sam Houston State             32:19       38    36    24   Adam Perkins          Arkansas                      32:19       39    37    216  Joe Amburn            Sam Houston State             32:20       40    38    342  Joe Lanzillotti       Texas A&M                     32:20       41    39    373  Eric Pardo            Texas A&M - Corpus Christi    32:24       42          191  Noah Murgo            Northwestern State            32:27       43    40    203  Adam Davis            Rice                          32:28       44    41    72   Kyle King             Baylor                        32:30                                 NCAA CROSS COUNTRY SOUTH CENTRAL REGIONAL                                                                      NOVEMBER 15, 2003                                                                                              UNIVERSITY MEN (10,000m)                                                                     Ind   Team       Pl    Pl    Tag  Name                  School                        Time       _________________________________________________________________________        45    42    347  Jose Moctezuma        Texas A&M                     32:33       46    43    221  Brandon Mosely        Sam Houston State             32:34       47    44    315  Hugo Cervantes        Texas - Pan American          32:39       48    45    86   Cole Dailey           Houston                       32:42       49    46    40   Johan Lindgren        Arkansas - Little Rock        32:43       50    47    93   Alex Winstel          Houston                       32:45       51          77   Feedly Bonneau        Grambling State               32:50       52    48    280  Jeff Cutrer           Texas                         32:57       53    49    252  Cody Clark            Stephen F. Austin             33:01       54    50    371  Eddie Geis            Texas A&M - Corpus Christi    33:03       55    51    124  Maya Aden             Louisiana - Monroe            33:04       56    52    129  Chris Verheul         Louisiana - Monroe            33:04       57    53    202  David Axel            Rice                          33:05       58    54    256  Rodney Joseph         Stephen F. Austin             33:09       59    55    92   Maurillo Sanchez      Houston                       33:10       60    56    144  Roland LeBlanc        Louisiana State University    33:13       61    57    374  James Pulido          Texas A&M - Corpus Christi    33:15       62    58    87   Sesar Figueroa        Houston                       33:16       63    59    209  Pablo Solares         Rice                          33:17       64          182  Matt Gieringer        North Texas                   33:23       65    60    158  Alan Foolkes          Mcneese State                 33:26       66    61    76   Cody Wells            Baylor                        33:26       67    62    377  David Rodriguez       Texas A&M - Corpus Christi    33:27       68    63    143  Andrew Huston         Louisiana State University    33:34       69          237  Soeren Linder         Southern Methodist            33:36       70    64    126  John Carle            Louisiana - Monroe            33:36       71    65    73   Rob Morrow            Baylor                        33:37       72    66    90   Ronnie Martinez       Houston                       33:42       73          184  Justin Kauffman       North Texas                   33:43       74          102  Jake Champagne        Lamar                         33:47       75    67    372  Maurice Harford       Texas A&M - Corpus Christi    33:48       76    68    119  Justin Lemaire        Louisiana - Lafayette         33:49       77    69    160  Robert Goodwin        Mcneese State                 33:51       78    70    314  Aaron Castro          Texas - Pan American          33:58       79          103  Hamish Meacheam       Lamar                         34:00       80    71    89   Brent Henson          Houston                       34:04       81    72    322  David Trevino         Texas - Pan American          34:06       82    73    146  Jarett Roche          Louisiana State University    34:07       83    74    117  Ryan Dupree           Louisiana - Lafayette         34:12       84    75    161  Nicholas Kay          Mcneese State                 34:17       85    76    157  James Bailey          Mcneese State                 34:19       86    77    140  Nick Accardo          Louisiana State University    34:20       87    78    390  Brad Maciulewicz      Texas Christian               34:21       88    79    366  Mike Chancellor       Texas A&M - Corpus Christi    34:26                                NCAA CROSS COUNTRY SOUTH CENTRAL REGIONAL                                                                      NOVEMBER 15, 2003                                                                                              UNIVERSITY MEN (10,000m)                                                                     Ind   Team       Pl    Pl    Tag  Name                  School                        Time       _________________________________________________________________________        89          302  Daniel Noah           Texas - Arlington             34:29       90    80    223  Jose Rodriguez        Sam Houston State             34:36       91    81    118  DJ Hebert             Louisiana - Lafayette         34:37       92    82    319  Americo Ortiz         Texas - Pan American          34:37       93    83    318  Benito Maldonado      Texas - Pan American          34:42       94    84    115  Nick Bouterie         Louisiana - Lafayette         34:43       95    85    389  Steven Lenney         Texas Christian               34:45       96          105  Travis Tolbert        Lamar                         34:46       97    86    130  Danny Webster         Louisiana - Monroe            34:48       98    87    145  James Presley         Louisiana State University    34:49       99    88    391  Alex Morris           Texas Christian               34:50       100   89    43   Brock Peterson        Arkansas - Little Rock        34:54       101   90    369  Luke Funderburg       Texas A&M - Corpus Christi    34:55       102   91    85   Jason Banes           Houston                       35:01       103         171  Jeff Draggich         Nicholls State                35:06       104   92    321  Jason Tejada          Texas - Pan American          35:10       105   93    218  Frankie Flores        Sam Houston State             35:11       106         54   Philbert Amuzu        Arkansas State                35:11       107   94    125  Matt Brophy           Louisiana - Monroe            35:13       108   95    41   Peter Marston         Arkansas - Little Rock        35:14       109   96    387  David Harris          Texas Christian               35:16       110   97    207  Leor Pantilot         Rice                          35:30       111   98    39   Brandon Griffin       Arkansas - Little Rock        35:45       112         236  Pablo Fernandez       Southern Methodist            35:50       113   99    147  Benjamin Shumaker     Louisiana State University    35:53       114   100   116  Chad Campbell         Louisiana - Lafayette         36:04       115   101   69   Jason Baker           Baylor                        36:05       116         234  Stephen Downey        Southern Methodist            36:16       117   102   162  Phillip Winfield      Mcneese State                 36:21       118   103   121  Ben Schexnayder       Louisiana - Lafayette         36:35       119         183  Michael Hernandez     North Texas                   36:48       120   104   392  Raita Yamanouchi      Texas Christian               37:36       121   105   120  Nick Meaux            Louisiana - Lafayette         38:00       122   106   386  Chris Benassi         Texas Christian               38:48       123   107   46   David Wallis          Arkansas - Little Rock        48:37 


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