FAYETTEVILLE – Duncan Phillips will serve as the team captain for the University of Arkansas men’s cross country team for the 2011 season, as voted on by his teammates. Phillips is one of three seniors, along with Chuol Dey and Rick Elliott, for Arkansas this season.
Phillips returned to the course last season after redshirting in 2009. He made two appearances during his junior season with runs at the Stanford Invitational and Chile Pepper Festival. Phillips was a national qualifier with the Razorbacks in 2007 and 2008 and was an SEC All-Freshman performer during the 2007 season. He was Arkansas’ fifth scorer at the 2008 national meet.
The College Station, Texas, native enjoyed an impressive 2011 track and field season. He was a two-time All-American during the indoor season for his efforts in the mile and distance-medley relay. Phillips went on to earn honorable mention accolades (1,500 meters) during the outdoor season. He ran a career-best 3:39.87 in the 1,500m at the 2011 Mt. SAC Relays. That time stood as the third-best collegiate performance of the year.
Also a team leader in the classroom, Phillips is a two-time member of the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll and earned a spot on the league’s Freshman Academic Honor Roll in 2008. He has also been recognized by the Arkansas athletic department for his academic achievements.
After a week away from competition, the Razorbacks return to the course this weekend for the Missouri Southern Stampede in Joplin, Mo. The men’s 8K race is scheduled for a 9:15 a.m. (CT) start. For more information regarding Razorback cross country or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.