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Razorbacks Win Arkansas Invitational with Perf

Razorbacks Win Arkansas Invitational with Perf

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Razorbacks kicked off the 2004 cross country season in the best way possible when they won the four-mile Arkansas Invitational with a perfect score of 15 points. Seven UA runners comprised the top 10, while Missouri Southern was second with 50 points. Junior Luis Bordes led the Hog contingent as the meet’s top finisher with a time of 20:17.09.
“It was very nice for an opening meet,” Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said. “A lot of young guys came out here and really stepped up. I’m proud of them, because most of them redshirted last year. We’ve still got a long way to go, but we weren’t aiming to be in great shape for this meet. We don’t need to worry about being in good shape until November.”
The Arkansas Invitational was Bordes’ first career meet victory after he struggled with minor injuries last season.
“It was good to come back and not have any injuries,” Bordes said. “I wanted to have a good race, because I felt like I had something to prove. I went with the front group for the first mile and a half and I just tried to stay mentally focused. We haven’t had a lot of workouts yet, so I was trying to push through the last two miles and the other guys helped me along.”
Redshirt freshman Tyler Hill earned runner-up honors with a time of 20:21.30. Sophomore Adam Perkins, who finished second in 2003, was third this time around with a clocking of 20:27.35. A trio of redshirt freshmen were the next to cross the line, with Chase Feltner being fourth (20:34.40), Travis Feltner in fifth (20:34.50) and Jonathan Norris in sixth (20:39.51).
Senior Eric Gross notched a seventh place showing with a time of 20:46.00 and junior Harun Iman was 11th (22:38.66).
The Hogs will enjoy a week off before they travel to Joplin, Mo., for the Missouri Southern Invitational on Sept. 18. The Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater, Okla., will follow on Oct. 2.

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