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Lady’Back harriers ranked eighth in the nation

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Lady’Back harriers ranked eighth in the nation

FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas Lady Razorback cross country team was ranked eighth in the nation in the preseason cross country poll released by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Tuesday morning.

The Lady Razorbacks return a young squad to the course in 2006 that will be dominated by sophomores and freshmen who look to improve upon Arkansas’ 19th-place finish at the 2005 NCAA Championships last November.

“Wow, the people conducting the rankings certainly have a lot of faith in our talent,” Arkansas head coach Lance Harter said. “We are going to be a young team, but I think that those voting have great respect for the history of the program and also saw what we did last season with a freshman-senior lineup.”

The eighth-place ranking by the Lady Razorbacks is their highest in the preseason since 2000 when they came into the year at number seven. Arkansas was tabbed number nine in 2002 and in the teens other years.

The Lady Razorbacks are also ranked first in the NCAA’s South Central Region ahead of the likes of Baylor, Rice, TCU, Texas A&M and Texas. Last season, Arkansas spent most of the year ranked number one or two in the South Central Region, then went on to win its 14th South Central Regional title and earn a spot at the NCAA Championships.

Arkansas’ most recent rankings go hand-in-hand with the Southeastern Conference Coaches Poll released two weeks ago that pegged the Lady Razorbacks to win the conference title. Three-time defending champion Tennessee was picked second in those rankings and is 14th in the national poll.

The Lady Razorbacks continue their season on Saturday morning when they compete at the Aztec Invitational in San Diego, Calif. For more information about Lady Razorback cross country or about Arkansas women’s athletics, visit LADYBACKS.COM.

The 2006 National Cross Country PollPreseason • Sept. 12, 2006

1. Stanford 390
2. Colorado 363
3. Michigan 361
4. Oklahoma State 333
5. BYU 323
6. Illinois 320
7. Duke 312
8. Arkansas 269
9. Arizona State 263
10. Wisconsin 261
11. Princeton 258
12. North Carolina State 236
13. Baylor 233
14. Tennessee 196
15. Iowa 184
16. Minnesota 171
17. Boston University 167
18. Marquette 142
19. Florida State 131
20. Providence 127
21. Washington 119
22. North Carolina 105
23. Michigan State 101
24. Georgetown 95
25. William & Mary 92
26. Virginia 87
27. Colorado State 72
28. Wake Forest 51
29. Indiana 43
30. Oregon 40


Sports Category : Cross Country (W)