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Harriers open season ranked 4th

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Harriers open season ranked 4th

FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas Lady Razorback cross country team opened the 2007 season with an easy victory at the Fayetteville Invitational and for their efforts picked up a fourth-place ranking in the first United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll.

The Lady Razorbacks earned 344 points in the rankings, just 40 behind top ranked Stanford. Michigan holds the number two spot despite a lack of any first-place votes with Colorado in third and four first-place tallies.

“I think that our ranking this fall is based mostly on what we did last year,” Arkansas head coach Lance Harter said. “We had a great year in 2006 and return just about everyone from that team. We’ll get a better idea of what kind of team we’ll be this weekend at the Aztec Invitational.”

Arkansas’ fourth-place ranking is its highest to open the season since the 1999 season when it started the year ranked second. That fall, the Lady Razorbacks had a fabulous year finishing second at the NCAA Championships to win their fourth NCAA runner-up trophy in school history.

Leading the way this fall are a trio of juniors, Christine Kalmer, Denise Bargiachi and Dacia Barr. Joining them are sensational sophomores Dani Parry and Miranda Walker; freshmen Catherine White and Jillian Rosen as well as a cast of skilled upperclassmen round out Arkansas’ field.

The Lady’Backs travel to San Diego, Calif., this weekend to run at the Aztec Invitational at historic Balboa Park. For more information about Lady Razorback cross country or about Arkansas women’s athletics, please go to www.ladybacks.com.

USTFCCCA Division I Cross Country Ranking
Team Points
1. Stanford (9) 384
2. Michigan 368
3. Colorado (4) 366
4. Arkansas 344
5. Wisconsin 340
6. Illinois 308
7. Arizona St. 294
8. Minnesota 292
9. Providence 290
10. Michigan St. 249
11. Virginia 233
12. Florida St. 226
13. Georgia 183
14. Iowa 176
15. North Carolina St. 175
16. Princeton 161
17. Duke 160
18. Colorado St. 151
19. Washington 145
20. Virginia Tech 143
21. Georgetown 138
22. Baylor 135
23. BYU 123
24. Oregon 111
25. Texas Tech 97
26. Tennessee 76
27. Notre Dame 67
28. Boston College 66
Florida 56
30. Weber St. 51
Other teams also receiving votes: UC-Santa Barbara 24, Wake Forest 24, Columbia 22, Nebraska 12, Iona 11, LaSalle 10, Oklahoma St. 10, Marquette 9, Texas A&M 6, Wichita St. 4, Penn St. 3, UC-Riverside 1, Vanderbilt 1.


Sports Category : Cross Country (W)