Back to the Championships: After a one-year hiatus, the Arkansas Lady Razorback cross country team is making its way back to the NCAA Championships. While Arkansas was not completely unrepresented at the meet, the lack of a team did end a 14-year string of team scores at the national championships.
The 2003 NCAA Championships: Shiloh Whiting was Arkansas’ lone representative at the 2003 NCAA Championships after a fabulous regional meet in which she finished fifth overall and earned an at-large bid to the big dance. At the NCAA meet, Whiting finished 163rd overall but more important than her placing was the experience which she gained.
The 2004 NCAA Championships: Of the 31 teams selected for the 2004 NCAA Championships, 28 are ranked among the top 30 in the final NCAA/FinishLynx Women’s Cross Country Poll. Only the 28th and 30th-ranked teams in the poll will not be a part of the big dance. Arkansas enters the competition as the 19th-ranked team but could fare well if their pack style of running stays true to form.
Everyone Together: That seems to be the Lady Razorbacks philosophy when it comes to the cross country course in 2004. At the Southeastern Conference Championships, Arkansas put just 35 seconds between their first and fourth runners, but at the Regional Championships, Arkansas difference was even better. That same time frame, actually 34 seconds, separated Arkansas’ first and sixth-fastest finishers making them a force at the South Central and earning them a berth to the NCAA meet.
The South Central Regional: The Lady Razorbacks placed second at the 2004 NCAA South Central Regional held in Waco, Texas, on Nov. 13. After finishing third a year ago in what is possibly the closest competition at the meet ever, the Lady’Backs returned to finish 11 points behind the 12th-ranked Southern Methodist Mustangs for second place. Six Lady Razorbacks earned all-region honors as they all placed in the top 19, a feat not accomplished by any other school.