FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas Razorback sophomore Catherine White paced the women’s cross country team to a meet win at the Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic late Saturday night.
"This was a really fun event for us," head coach Lance Harter said. "It was a different atmosphere running under the lights but our team really enjoyed it and it worked out well for us. Going 1-2-3 with Catherine White, Denise Bargiachi and Dacia Perkins was a great way to continue on with the season. They really put on a show."
The Razorback harriers finished 1-2-3-6-10 to score 22 points and top the 36-team field. Arkansas also had runners finishing 17th, 27th, 53rd and 76th.
White led the way for Arkansas, pacing four of her teammates to top-10 finishes. She crushed the field with her race win and 5K time of 17:39.51. She was almost 15 seconds ahead of the next runner, teammate Bargiachi, who clocked a time of 17:54.18 for her second-place finish. Perkins rounded out the top three with a time of 17:54.65.
"Our fourth and fifth runners, Christine Kalmer and Jillian Rosen, also had great races," Harter said. "Christine had a poor start but it worked out for her in the end because she had a good, strong close to her race. Jillian’s improvement from the first race was really a highlight of the meet for us. She had a huge breakthrough."
Kalmer was fourth on the team and sixth overall with her 5K time of 18:28.94. Rosen was fifth for the Hogs and 10th overall, clocking a time of 18:36.63.
Also competing for Arkansas were Samantha Learch (17th; 19:11.66), Ashley Mason (28th; 19:33.83), Ashley Williams (53rd; 20:15.05) and Halsey Fowler (76th; 20:43.28). Freshman Cali George started the race but hit a rough patch on the course and slightly sprained her ankle. She did not finish the race.
"I think we have lost Miranda Walker for the season because of a stress fracture in her foot so we’ll need one of our freshmen to step up," Harter said. "Samantha Learch’s performance was really positive. She’s typically a half miler but she’s tough and she’s shown how hard she has worked over the summer to be where she is now. We are excited to see what she can do for us in the remainder of the season."
"Ashley Mason is also coming along well," Harter said. "She is showing signs of being able to contribute during the season and I expect her to improve with ever race she gets under her belt."
Arkansas women’s cross country will compete next at the Bill Dellinger Invitational, hosted by the University of Oregon, October 4 in Springfield, Ore. For more information, visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
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