FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas women’s cross country team travels to College Station this weekend in pursuit of the program’s 16th SEC Crown.
Head coach Lance Harter guided Arkansas to its first conference title in 1991 with distance phenom, Deena Drossin (Kastor) who was that season’s individual champion. Since ’91, Harter has produced 13 additional individual champions including three-time winner Amy Yoder (Begley) and recent back to back champion Dominique Scott.
The Razorbacks had a successful regular season finishing in the top-two as a team in six out of six races this year. With a roster filled with new talent, Arkansas’ young runners were the stars of the earlier meets. The first four races featured a rotation of top finishers with Kelsey Schrader, Devin Clark, Claudia Verstraten and Sydney Brown all taking their turns in the front.
Coming off of a successful showing at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, the Razorbacks head into their 25th SEC championships with three runners from 2014’s top-seven in Scott (first), Schrader (sixth) and Regan Ward (seventh). All three Arkansas returners finished among the 30 best runners with Scott capturing her second title while Schrader came through in 19th and Ward in 28th.
At the 2015 SEC Cross Country Championships eyes will also be on talented freshman, Clark, who’s established herself as one of the best runners of her class in the nation. The Spring Branch, Texas native has already amassed two SEC weekly honors through three races and has the fourth best 6K time (20:07.30) in the conference this year.
Deep with talent, the Razorbacks can also expect solid contributions from Kaitlin Flattmann and Valerie Reina both of whom have been in Arkansas’ top-seven all season. Oregon transfer, Nikki Hiltz will also be one to watch at the championships. Hiltz joined the sub-21 club last week clocking 20:53.40 to win the B race in Madison.
The women’s 8K race will kick off the SEC cross country championships at 10:00 a.m. with the women’s 6K following at 11:00 a.m. Awards will presented at 12:00 p.m. Highlights from the event will air on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 11:30 a.m. on the SEC network.
The USTFCCCA will be providing a live stream of updates featuring pictures, results and splits on their National Results Wall. Fans can engage in the event using the hashtag #SECXC on social media.
2015 Arkansas Women’s Cross Country Schedule
Tuesday, Sept. 1, Oklahoma State Duals | Stillwater, Okla. | 2nd of 4
Saturday, Sept. 12, UC Riverside Invitational | Riverside, Calif. | 1st of 15 – 6K, 1st of 17 – 5K
Saturday, Sept. 19, Missouri Southern Stampede | Joplin, Mo. | 1st of 25
Saturday, Oct. 3, Chile Pepper Festival | Fayetteville, Ark. | 1st of 17
Friday, Oct. 16, Wisconsin adidas Invitational | Madison, Wis. | 2nd of 36
Friday, Oct. 30, SEC Championships | College Station, Texas
Friday, Nov. 13, NCAA South Central Regional | College Station, Texas
Saturday, Nov. 21, NCAA Championships | Louisville, Ky.
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