FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas women’s cross country team is set to return to action on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at the Oklahoma State Duals in Stillwater, Okla.
The Razorbacks’ schedule features five regular season races in preparation for the 2015 SEC Championships including stops at UC Riverside and Missouri Southern.
Arkansas will once again host the Chile Pepper Invitational scheduled to take place on Oct. 3, 2015. Last year’s race saw all five Razorbacks finish in the top 10 to secure the team win.
The defending SEC champions will face their toughest challenge in their final tune-up before the conference meet at the prestigious Wisconsin adidas Invitational. The Razorbacks finished second at last year’s competition off the heels of two top-10 finishes by 2014 first team All-SEC duo Dominique Scott and Grace Heymsfield. Along with Arkansas, three out of the top five teams (Michigan State (1), Iowa State (2), New Mexico (3)) from last year’s NCAA Championship will be represented at the meet.
“Last year’s team was stacked with seniors,” said head coach, Lance Harter. “Any time a team loses that many talented student-athletes the following season becomes a time to reflect and tap into the underclassmen population ready to step into new roles. We are fortunate to have a frontrunner in Scott who has been a national contender for the top spot over the last couple years. We will look to her as well as returning vets Kaitlin Flattmann, Valerie Reina, Kelsey Schrader and Regan Ward to set an example for our large group of talented newcomers.”
A two-time All-American, Scott looks to lead a young group of Razorbacks including Safee Belbina, Devin Clark, Sabrina Herrmann, Micah Huckabee, Grace Klausen, Rachel Nichwitz and Claudia Verstraten to the program’s third-consecutive SEC title. Named the 2014 SEC Runner of Year, Scott raced to five individual titles during her historic junior campaign setting three meet records in the process.
Upon wrapping up regular season the team will head to College Station twice for the SEC Championships and the NCAA South Central Regional meet.
“I’m excited for the team to get the opportunity to compete on Texas A&M’s brand new course,” said Harter. “I know they have invested a lot to develop it.”
The 2015 season will come to a close in Louisville, Ky. at the NCAA Championships.
2015 Arkansas Cross Country Schedule
Tuesday, Sept. 1, Oklahoma State Duals | Stillwater, Okla.
Saturday, Sept. 12, UC Riverside Invitational | Riverside, Calif.
Saturday, Sept. 19, Missouri Southern Stampede | Joplin, Mo.
Saturday, Oct. 3, Chile Pepper Festival | Fayetteville, Ark.
Friday, Oct. 16, Wisconsin adidas Invitational | Madison, Wis.
Friday, Oct. 30, SEC Championships | College Station, Texas
Friday, Nov. 13, NCAA South Central Regional | College Station, Texas
Saturday, Nov. 21, NCAA Championships | Louisville, Ky.
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