FAYETTEVILLE – The No. 16 University of Arkansas men’s cross country team returns to action Saturday morning for the Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater, Okla. The 8K race is scheduled for a 9:45 a.m. (CT) start at the OSU Cross Country Course. The Razorbacks last competed at the Cowboy Jamboree during the 2007 season.
"There’s a little bit of mystery going into this weekend," head coach Chris Bucknam said. "We’ll see what our team is made of-how tough they are and where their fitness level is. We’ve got a test ahead of us and it’s not a beginner’s meet. We’re going against Oklahoma State, Indiana and Northern Arizona, all perennially strong teams that are outstanding and look to be loaded again."
The Razorbacks have had nearly a month-long layoff after the season-opening Arkansas Invitational which was run Sept. 2 at Agri Park in Fayetteville. Arkansas was scheduled to compete Sept. 17 at the Missouri Southern Stampede in Joplin, Mo., but the meet was cancelled due to inclement weather and continued delays.
The competition field at the Cowboy Jamboree is scheduled to feature four teams ranked inside the top 20 of the most recent national poll. In addition to the Razorbacks, this weekend’s meet includes top-ranked and defending national champion Oklahoma State, No. 6 Indiana and No. 13 Northern Arizona. Division II powers Adams State and Western State, currently ranked first and second, respectively, will also compete Saturday.
In the Sept. 27 release of the USTFCCCA national poll, the Razorbacks hold on to their spot as the No. 16 team in the country. Arkansas also remains the top-ranked SEC team in the national top 30 and the No. 1 team in the South Central Region.
In the team’s last outing, the season-opening Arkansas Invitational, the Razorbacks posted a perfect team score in a dual win over Missouri Southern. Junior Eric Fernandez won the 6,600-meter race and was followed, in order by, Chuol Dey, Duncan Phillips, Cameron Efurd and Rick Elliott. All five runners finished within one second of each other.
Following the Cowboy Jamboree, Arkansas will begin preparations for the 23rd Annual Chile Pepper Festival. The annual Fayetteville event will be held Oct. 15 at Agri Park. For more information regarding Razorback cross country or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
Download: MXC Meet Notes_Cowboy Jamboree.pdf