FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – For the third time this season, Arkansas Razorback sophomore harrier Catherine White has been named the Southeastern Conference Cross Country Athlete of the Week, it was announced by the conference on Tuesday.
White paced the then-No. 11 women’s cross country team to a runner-up finish at the Bill Dellinger Invitational, hosted by the University of Oregon, on Saturday. The Razorbacks scored 60 points behind No. 1 Oregon’s 23 points.
White, Arkansas’ top finisher in all three meets this season, was third behind two members of No. 1 Oregon’s squad and finished ahead of 80 runners. Her 6,000-meter time of 20:30.55 earned her a bronze finish. She paced two of her teammates to top-11 finishes and four of her teammates to top-20 finishes.
Her bronze finish marks the first time this season White was not the first runner to cross the finish line. She currently holds a 2008 season record of 373-2, with a winning percentage of .995.
White clocked a time of 20:30.55, a PR by nearly 45 seconds. She ran a 6K best of 21:14 in 2007. Her 6K time ranks 24th on UA’s all-time list and is currently No. 2 in the SEC.
In related news, after a solid showing at the Bill Dellinger Invitational on Saturday, Arkansas Razorback women’s cross country moved up to No. 10 in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) weekly poll.
The Razorbacks topped seven other schools in the Dellinger Invitational team race, including teams ranked in the USTFCCCA poll and receiving votes. Arkansas had three harriers finish in the top 11, five in the top 20 and seven in the top 53. Impressively, there was slightly more than one minute between Arkansas’ first and fifth runners.
For more information on Arkansas women’s cross country, visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.