FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Respected for their consistent presence at the national competition Arkansas’ women’s cross country has solidified their reputation as the team never to be overlooked.
With only one returning senior from last year’s top five the Razorbacks maintain their standing as one of the best programs in the country as they enter the season ranked No. 10 in the Saucony Flo50.
Considered one of the best collegiate runners in the nation redshirt senior Dominique Scott returns as the leader of a young but talented group of Razorbacks.
Last season saw Scott race to a school-record five first place finishes collecting three meet records at the UC Irvine adidas Invitational, Missouri Southern Stampede and Chile Pepper Festival along the way. She capped her 2014 campaign as one of only five All-American women out of the SEC posting the best finish out of the group with a time of 20:01.30 to earn sixth place out of 253 runners.
Well prepared for the loss of four seniors head coach Lance Harter has put together a formidable team which returns additional veterans in 2011 SEC Freshman of the Year Kaitlin Flattmann as well as a junior tandem of Valerie Reina and Regan Ward rounded out by sophomore Kelsey Schrader.
Harter’s blueprint to 2015 success also includes newcomers Safee Belbina, Devin Clark and Oregon transfer Nikki Hiltz. Respected as two of the best high school runners out of Texas, Belbina and Clark are both two-time Nike Cross National qualifiers, Clark finishing 11th during her senior year. Hiltz comes to Arkansas as a two-time track and field All-American following a freshman outing that saw the California native finish eighth in the mile at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships and 11th in the 1500-meter run at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
The Razorbacks head to Riverside Calif. for their next competition at the UC Riverside Invitational on Sat. Sept. 12.
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