FAYETTEVILLE – University of Arkansas freshmen runners Kaitlin Flattmann and Jessica Jackson will compete with Team USA at the 2012 Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country International Challenge in Scotland. The international meet will be held Saturday, Jan. 7 at Holyrood Park in Edinburgh. Flattmann and Jackson will run as members of the women’s junior team.
"What a great opportunity and experience for both Kaitlin and Jessica," Razorback head coach Lance Harter said. "To have one person named to a team like this and compete for your country is an honor, so to have two is even more special."
Flattmann and Jackson will be part of a six-runner team consisting of high school seniors and collegiate freshmen. The Razorback duo will be joined by fellow collegian Aisling Cuffe of Stanford. The other half of the junior squad is made up of high school seniors Molly Seidel of Hartland, Wis.; Erin Finn of West Bloomfield, Mich.; and Katie Knight of Spokane, Wash.
During the 2011 cross country season, Flattmann was named the SEC Freshman of the Year and was the top freshman scorer at the SEC Championship. For her efforts at the conference meet, she earned a spot on the All-SEC Second Team and SEC All-Freshman Team. Flattmann, an All-South Central Region performer, went on to close out her season with a 125th-place showing at her inaugural run at the NCAA Championship.
Jackson began her Razorback career with a victory in her first collegiate race. During the course of the cross country season, she earned four SEC Freshman of the Week honors. At the SEC Championships, she earned Second-Team All-SEC honors and was also named to the SEC All-Freshman Team. Jackson collected All-Region honors and finished in 100th place at the NCAA Championship.
At the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country International Challenge, teams from the United States, Great Britain and Northern Ireland and a select European team will compete in men’s and women’s junior and senior races. Each country competing in the International Team Challenge will consist of nine athletes per team (six on the junior teams) with the first six athletes per team (first four on the junior teams) scoring.
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