Razorbacks Look for 10th SEC Cross Country Cha
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas men’s cross country team heads to Tuscaloosa, Ala. this weekend before running in the Southeastern Conference Championships on Monday. The Razorbacks will look to grab their 10th straight Southeastern Conference title and 27th consecutive conference title.
UA head coach John McDonnell will look to James Karanu, Sharif Karie, Daniel Lincoln, Murray Link and Ryan Travis to carry the Razorbacks to victory but will also look to Chris Mulvaney, Frans Schimper and Mark Thompson to put in strong performances in the race.
“We do have better individuals in our conference than Lance (Harter-Lady Backs cross country coach) does because we have the NCAA champion at Alabama who transferred from South Alabama in (David) Kimani,” UA head coach John McDonnell said. “He has been running pretty darn good. He has not raced, but I have heard about some of his workouts. He is ready to go. Then they have a teammate that is good. Alabama has two very good runners that will be up in the front with us, but we have five and I think that Karanu, Karie, Lincoln, Link and Travis-they are five good runners and right now they are all healthy. We will back them up with Mulvaney, Schimper and Thompson.”
When asked if he expects anybody to really put up a challenge to the Razorbacks defending their title, McDonnell said, “I can not see anybody that should beat us but anything can happen. That is why they run these races. I just hope it is not too hot down there. The only thing that worries me is if the weather is hot is that your best runners can just drop like that and then you are in trouble. We just have to go down and stay healthy until Monday and I think that we will be okay.”
Alabama’s Kimani who may be the biggest threat individually since he is the defending NCAA champion and McDonnell hopes someone on his team will put up a challenge for the individual title.
“We are going to try and we are not going to let him get it easy,” McDonnell said. “I think that we have people that can run with him. His workouts are good, but they are not any better than ours. He is awfully good, but we are not going to hand it to him. Because it suits us better anyway since we run better when we take it out hard and make them hurt.”
The men’s race will begin at 10:45 a.m. CT on Monday in Tuscaloosa, Ala. at the Harry Pritchett Golf Course.
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