NEW ORLEANS — After collecting a second-place finish at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, the Arkansas women’s cross country team maintained its No. 1 ranking in the South Central Region of the United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association Regional Team Rankings.
The Razorbacks collected its 23rd straight No. 1 ranking in the South Central after finishing second in a talented field in Wisconsin on Friday afternoon. Arkansas defeated 20 ranked teams in the most recent USTFCCCA Top 30 at the meet, only placing behind No. 2-ranked Michigan State, as they had two runners place inside the Top 10 in Madison to help the team score 191 points in the 265-runner event.
Baylor University remained second in the South Central after their seventh-place finish at the NCAA Pre-National Meet in Terre Haute, Ind. Lamar University jumped up two spots to No. 3, while SMU fell one place to No. 4. Rice University also dropped in this week’s ranking, moving from No. 3 to No. 5.
All-American Dominique Scott posted the highest finish of any Arkansas runner at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational by placing eighth with a 6K time of 19:54.00. It was a strong performance for the South African, as she improved on her 13th-place finish in last year’s Wisconsin adidas Invitational.
NCAA All-Region runner Grace Heymsfield rounded out the top 10 with her time of 19:56.00. The time was a personal-best for redshirt senior, surpassing her previous best 6K time of 20:11.77 ran at last year’s SEC Championships.
Both runners were also featured in the FloTrack.com Top 25 Individual Rankings on Monday, as Scott checked in at No. 9 and Heymsfield placed at No. 17 in this week’s Top 25. As a team, the Razorbacks moved back one spot to No. 5 in the FloTrack.com Top 25.
Arkansas will be back in action on Oct. 31, as they will look to capture their second straight SEC Cross Country Title when they go to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for the SEC Championships.
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