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Cross Country Fact Sheet #5

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Cross Country Fact Sheet #5

The Chile Pepper: The Lady Razorbacks were last in action on Oct. 15 when they participated in the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival at the Agri Park Cross Country Course. Finishing second in the competition, the then 12th-ranked Lady Razorbacks were upset by 16th-ranked Oklahoma State by seven points.

Just Missing: Arkansas has finished second at the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival in each of the past two seasons, but amazingly, the Lady Razorbacks have lost the two races by a combined 16 points. In 2003 SMU beat Arkansas by nine and in 2004 it was Oklahoma State by seven.

The SEC Championships: The Arkansas Lady Razorbacks head into the 23rd annual Southeastern Conference Championships with some work ahead of them. On the one hand, they are the favorite as they are the highest-ranked team in the league. On the other, Arkansas ranked second in the SEC coaches preseason poll behind the Tennessee Lady Vols who are the two-time defending conference champions.

Last Season at the SEC Meet: In what was the closest SEC Meet in the 22-year history of the event, the Arkansas Lady Razorbacks finished two points behind the Tennessee Lady Vols for the league’s championship. Failing to claim its 11th conference title for the second straight year, Arkansas runners earned three all-SEC honors and placed five among the top 20, but its 57-point total was just off the Lady Vols’ 55.



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