FAYETTEVILLE – Head coach Lance Harter and the University of Arkansas women’s cross country team have announced the schedule for the 2011 season. The Razorbacks will compete in five meets, two on its home course and two on the road, prior to the start of the championship season and the SEC Championship in Knoxville, Tenn.
Arkansas’ season begins Sept. 2 with the Razorback Invitational at Agri Park. The team returns to its home course Oct. 15 for the 23rd Annual Chile Pepper Festival. In between those dates, the Razorbacks will travel to Joplin, Mo., for the Missouri Southern Stampede (Sept. 17), Toledo, Ohio, for the Inter-Regional Bubble Buster (Sept. 23) and South Bend, Ind., for the Notre Dame Invitational (Sept. 30). In a loaded field last season, Arkansas finished ninth at Notre Dame.
The SEC Championship meet will be the first of three races during the championship season. The conference event will be run Oct. 31 at the Lambert Acres Course and be hosted by the University of Tennessee for the first time since 1998. The Razorbacks won the team title that season. The team then moves on to the NCAA South Central Regional (Nov. 12) in Waco, Texas, with the opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Championships (Nov. 21) in Terre Haute, Ind.
During last season, the Razorbacks collected a second-place finish at the SEC Championship and finished third at the regional meet. Arkansas was represented by Miranda Walker at the NCAA Championship. The 2010 senior earned an at-large bid into the national meet on the strength of a third-place regional finish.
2011 Cross Country ScheduleSept. 2 – Razorback Invitational, FAYETTEVILLESept. 17 – Missouri Southern Stampede, Joplin, Mo.Sept. 23 – Inter-Regional Bubble Buster, Toledo, OhioSept. 30 – Notre Dame Invitational, South Bend, Ind.Oct. 15 – Chile Pepper Festival, FAYETTEVILLEOct. 31 – SEC Championship, Knoxville, Tenn.Nov. 12 – NCAA Regional Championship, Waco, TexasNov. 21 – NCAA Championship, Terre Haute, Ind.
Download: women’s schedule, calendar_07.pdf