FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Less than one week away from hosting the 27th annual Chile Pepper Festival, Arkansas men’s cross country team has moved up another spot in the USTFCCCA Coaches’ Poll and head into the weekend at No. 15.
With only two meets behind them the Razorbacks have built upon the strengths of their newcomers who have thrived in their first competitions representing the program.
The season opener saw freshman, Graham Brown lead the way for Arkansas at the Cowboy Preview on Sept. 1 where he finished ninth overall in the 5K and fourth in head to head competition against No. 21 Oklahoma.
Arkansas returned to action following a weekend off at the Iona Meet of Champions on Sept. 19. Unfamiliar with the hilly Van Cortlandt course and new to division I competition NJCAA cross country All-American Frankline Tonui thrived in his debut for the Razorbacks clocking 25:59.30 over 8K to capture first place. Redshirt junior Christian Heymsfield joined Tonui at the top of the entries crossing the line right behind his teammate in 25:59.90 ahead of five runners from No. 4 Wisconsin.
The Razorbacks remaining three scorers, all underclassman, finished in the top-20 out of 110 in the field.
Arkansas resumes their schedule on their home course, Agri Park on Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Chile Pepper Festival.
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