Cragg and McDonnell Receive SEC Cross Country
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Junior All-American Alistair Cragg was named the 2002 Southeastern Conference Male Cross Country Athlete of the Year and Arkansas head coach John McDonnell earned another coaching accolade as he was named the 2002 SEC Male Cross Country Coach of the Year as announced by the league office on Tuesday.
“I think it’s great,” McDonnell said. “Alistair has had a terrific year and I’m happy for him. He’s a great leader only as a junior, so there are better things to come for him. As for myself, I always appreciate the honor of coach of the year, especially when your peers are voting for you.”
Cragg led Arkansas during the season as he finished runner-up at the NCAA Championships, the SEC Championships and the Chile Pepper Invitational. Cragg was the top SEC runner at nationals in Terre Haute, Ind., and earned his fifth All-America honor for his finish. He also turned in first place performances at the OSU Cowboy Jamboree and the South Central Regional Championships.
McDonnell is in his 31st year as the Razorbacks’ head coach and claimed his 29th-consecutive cross country conference crown this season and led the Hogs to a sixth place finish at this year’s national championship. He has now coached 137 All-Americans that combine for a total of 532 All-America honors.
McDonnell will look to add his 37th NCAA Championship during the 2003 indoor track and field season. His Razorbacks will kick off the indoor season when they host the SEC West Challenge on January 18, at the Randal Tyson Track Center.
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