Hogs Open Cross Country Season at Home This We
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas men’s cross country team kicks off the 2001 fall season this Saturday at the Razorback Cross Country Course at Agri Park with the Arkansas Invitational. The Razorbacks welcome the University of Tulsa and Missouri Southern to Fayetteville for the one-day meet, which is scheduled for a 9 a.m. start.
“This will be a good opportunity to see where we are with our conditioning,” head coach John McDonnell says. “We have been working on our basic conditioning, just building a foundation for the season and this will answer a lot of questions for us.”
Last season, the Razorbacks claimed their 11th NCAA Championship under McDonnell. This season Arkansas returns only one out of the top seven runners from 2000.
Junior Dirk Heinze will compete for the cross country squad for the first time in his Razorback career. Last season, Heinze finished second at the NCAA Championships in the 800-meter.
“Dirk has not run cross country before, but he is very capable. He will be competing for the first time as will Fernando Cabada, Westley Alkin and Chris Mulvaney,” McDonnell says. “It’s a talented group and we are looking forward to seeing them compete for the first time.”
The Razorbacks take to the road for their next two meets of the season. Arkansas travels to Joplin, Mo., for the Missouri Southern Invitational on Sept. 15, then to Stillwater, Okla., for the Oklahoma State Jamboree on Sept. 29.
Arkansas returns to Fayetteville to host the Chile Pepper Invitational on Oct. 13, before traveling to Auburn, Ala, for the Southeastern Conference Championships on Oct. 29. The District VI Championships will be held on the campus of Texas A&M in College Station on Nov. 10 with the Hogs defending their national title at the NCAA Championships on Nov. 19, in Furman, S.C.
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