TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Behind two All-American performances, the University of Arkansas men’s cross country team ran to a 10th-place finish Monday at the 2010 NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. Dorian Ulrey and Solomon Haile paced the Razorbacks to their first top-10 national performance since the 2006 season.
"We were hoping for a top-10 finish," head coach Chris Bucknam said. "I thought that would have been a good result for our team considering where we’ve been in the last two or three year, not cracking the top 20. But we’re a little disappointed because we thought we had a chance to maybe to get into the top five."
Ulrey collected his second cross country All-America honor as a Razorback with a ninth-place finish in Monday’s race. He covered the 10K course in a time of 30:02. Arkansas’ second finisher was Haile who turned in a 14th-place performance in a time of 30:14. This marks the first cross country All-America award for Haile.
This also marks the first time Arkansas has collected multiple All-America accolades since 2006. That year, the Razorbacks were led by Peter Kosgei, Scott MacPherson and Seth Summerside.
"We came away with two All-Americans," Bucknam said. "We only had one senior in our top five and of course, we’re very proud of Dorian and Solomon had a great race. So I think the future is bright for us and we’re going to continue to work to get up onto that podium."
Eric Fernandez was the team’s third scorer. He finished the race in a time of 30:57 and grabbed a 67th-place finish. He was followed by SEC Male Freshman Runner of the Year Bryan Cantero, making his NCAA Championships debut. He crossed the finish line in 112th place in a time of 31:31.
Arkansas’ top-five was rounded out by Dey Tuach, also making his national meet debut. Tuach clocked a time of 31:41 and was the 127th runner to finish Monday’s race. Lane Boyer, the Razorbacks’ sixth runner, turned in a finish of 32:22 and did not figure into the team’s score.
In 41 appearances at the NCAA Cross Country Championships as a program, the Razorbacks have now collected 32 top-10 finishes. Monday’s result marks the team’s best performance at the national meet under Bucknam’s watch.
With the end of the cross country season, the Razorbacks turn their attention to the track. The indoor portion of Arkansas’ track and field schedule begins Jan. 7 with the Razorback Triangular at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville. For more information, log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com.