RAZORBACK ROUNDUPAug. 16, 2010MEN’S BASKETBALL:The staff added two to its ranks last week with former Razorback Scotty Thurman taking the Director of Student-Athlete Development position and Sean Dwyer taking the role of video coordinator.MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY: Head coach Chris Bucknam and the 2010 Razorbacks open the season Sept. 3 with a home meet at Agri Park. Bucknam returns 10 lettermen, including All-American senior Dorian Ulrey and 2009 SEC Freshman of the Year Solomon Haile. Along with Ulrey, Bucknam will also rely on leadership from seniors Lane Boyer, Michael Chinchar and Patrick Russell.WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY: Head coach Lance Harter and the 2010 Razorbacks open the season Sept. 3 with a home meet at Agri Park. Harter returns six letterwinners, including All-SEC and all-region performers senior Miranda Walker and junior Jillian Rosen. The Hogs also welcome five true freshmen and three redshirt freshmen to the mix in 2010.FOOTBALL: The Razorbacks have continued practices in preparation for the beginning of the season. UA starts with Tennessee Tech at home on Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. The public is allowed to attend practices through Aug. 21 (excluding Aug. 19). Fans are invited to attend Razorback Fan Day Saturday at the Gardens, located south of Bud Walton Arena. Fan Day takes place in conjunction with "Kick-Off the Season at the Gardens." A pep rally is set to begin at approximately 1:30 p.m. while coaches, players, mascots and the spirit squad will be in attendance to sign autographs from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.MEN’S GOLF:The Razorbacks have had a tremendous summer on the links and the latest proof comes in the form of three current student-athletes qualifying for the U.S. Amateur. Ethan Tracy (Ohio), Austin Cook (Ark.) and Josh Eure (Md.) each made the field from qualifying rounds in their home state. The U.S. Amateur is scheduled for Aug. 23-29 at Chambers Bay in Dupont, Wash.WOMEN’S GOLF: The Razorbacks are still a week away from reporting, but the team and coaches have been busy. Head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor just returned from a recruiting trip to Ireland where she watched one of the largest European prep events looking for future Razorbacks. Senior-to-be Kelli Shean enjoyed an amazing experience at the U.S. Women’s Open, leading the event early. Freshman-to-be Emily Tubert won the U.S. Amateur Public Links title and had several top finishes this summer. Sophomore-to-be Victoria Vela was the top finishing amateur at the Texas Women’s Open with a tie for sixth. Mark your calendars for Sept. 6-12 when Pinnacle Country Club hosts the P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship in Rogers, Ark. Former Razorback Stacy Lewis is in the field and a couple of current players will get a chance for a play early in the week.SOCCER: Allie Chandler’s 20-foot shot off an assist from Yvonne Desjarlais and goalkeeper Britni Williams’ save in the final 30 seconds gave Arkansas a 1-1 tie in an exhibition at Saint Louis on Saturday. The Razorbacks open the season on Sunday at home at 1 p.m. against Florida International. Arkansas is coming consecutive winning seasons for the first time in program history.SOFTBALL: Head coach Mike Larabee announced the fall portion of his schedule this week. It includes nine home games and opens with the alumni game on Sept. 18 at Bogle Park. The first doubleheader of the season is against Tulsa on Oct. 2 at 1 p.m. The fall season wraps up against Northeast Oklahoma A&M at Bogle Park on Oct. 15 at 5 p.m. Larabee also announced the addition to the team of sophomore Linnea Ketcher, a transfer from Weber State.SWIMMING AND DIVING: Sophomore Chelsea Franklin and junior Alison Templin represented Arkansas at the 2010 CONOCOPHILLIPS National Championships in Irvin, Calif., last week. Templin posted her fastest preliminary swim to date in the 400 free (4:19.82). She also placed 24th in the 800 free (8:49.60). Franklin set career-best times in both events. The Razorbacks’ season begins Oct. 8 at the North Texas Relays in Denton, Texas, followed by a double-dual against UNT and Tulane the following day.MEN’S TENNIS:Former Razorback All-American Blake Strode, who enrolled at Arkansas on a Bodenhamer Fellowship and maintained the fellowship while graduating with honors, earned a spot in the U.S. Open Qualifying Tournament in Flushing, N.Y. Strode won nine matches and two tournaments to claim the spot. He won the U.S. Open National Playoff Southwest Section in Surprise, Ariz., in June and the U.S. Open National Playoffs in Atlanta in July. The qualifying tournament begins Aug. 24.VOLLEYBALL: The Razorbacks wrapped up their first week of preseason practice Saturday and hosted a meet-and-greet with season-ticket holders. Head coach Robert Pulliza and his team open the season Aug. 27-28 with the Arkansas Invitational, facing the teams from UMKC, Grambling and Samford.