WACO, Texas – The 15th-ranked University of Arkansas men’s cross country team toes the line Saturday morning at the 2011 NCAA South Central Regional Championship. The men’s 10K race is set for a 10 a.m. (CT) start the Cottonwood Creek Golf Course in Waco, Texas. The top-two finishing teams will earn a spot in the field for the NCAA Championship meet.
Including the Razorbacks, the men’s field in the South Central region features three nationally ranked teams. As the No. 15 team in the country, Arkansas will be joined by No. 11 Texas and No. 24 Texas A&M. Lamar was receiving votes in the most recent USTFCCCA national poll. The top five within the region is rounded out by Texas-San Antonio.
Arkansas is the defending South Central region champion after its championship run on the same course last season in Waco. The Razorbacks picked up six all-region performers along the way as the team earned its 37th consecutive trip to the national meet. Arkansas has won 32 regional titles including the past two, both of which were run in Waco. Individually, the Razorbacks have won 19 individual regional titles. The last was Dorian Ulrey during the 2009 season.
In its last outing, Arkansas won its 19th Southeastern Conference title with a first-place performance on Oct. 31 in Maryville, Tenn. The league title was the Razorbacks’ second straight under head coach Chris Bucknam, the 2011 SEC Men’s Coach of the Year. Eric Fernandez was the individual conference champion and went on to be named the SEC Runner of the Year.
All of the teams are running for a spot at the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championship which will be run Nov. 21 at the LaVern Gibson Course in Terre Haute, Ind. For more information regarding Razorback cross country or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.