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Women’s Cross Country Season Review

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Women’s Cross Country Season Review

Razorbacks collect two perfect scores in season opener The Arkansas Razorback women’s cross country team recorded two perfect scores of 15 points against Missouri and Missouri Southern State. The Razorbacks were led by senior Stephanie Brown who recorded her first collegiate cross country victory by crossing the line at the 13:39 mark. Alongside Brown, sophomore Dominique Scott helped lead the main pack of Razorbacks for the meet. Scott turned in a time of 13:39 followed closely by junior Diane Robison who finished at 13:41 and then three Razorbacks in freshman Sandie Raines, junior Jessica Kamilos and freshman Regan Ward each crossed the line in a pack at 13:51. Senior Paige Johnston rounded out the lead pack finishing in eight place with a time of 14:20. Senior Stephanie Brown earns SEC honor For her efforts in the Razorback Duals meet, senior Stephanie Brown was named the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Women’s Runner of the Week (Sept. 10). A Downs, Ill. native, Brown clocked a time of 13:39 to lead the No. 9 Razorbacks to a pair of perfect scores against Missouri and Missouri Southern. The victory for Brown was her first collegiate cross country win in her career. Brown led the pack of Razorbacks throughout the race and currently holds the top women’s 4k time in the SEC this season. This was the first weekly honor for Brown in her career. Razorbacks record third perfect score of the season Led by sophomore Dominique Scott, the Razorbacks took the first eight spots across the finish line to record the team’s third perfect score of 15 points on the season and win the 69th Annual Aztec Cross Country Invitational. Scott paced the pack of Razorbacks to the finish line when she crossed at 17:33 followed shortly by seven teammates. Juniors Grace Heymsfield and Shannon Klenke were the next to finish at 17:34 and 17:38, respectively. Freshman Sandie Raines followed suit in fourth place with a time of 17:42, just in front of junior Diane Robison who crossed at 17:54 to complete the Razorbacks perfect score with a fifth place finish. Arkansas continued to cross the finish line with junior Jessica Kamilos placing sixth with a time of 18:04 and senior Paige Johnston placing seventh with a time of 18:08. Next to cross the line was Arkansas’ second freshman in the race in Regan Ward who was the last of the lead pack of Razorbacks in eighth place at the 18:08 mark. Senior Keri Wood, finished the day for Arkansas when she finished in 17th place at a time of 19:06. Sophomore Dominique Scott earns SEC honor After leading the Razorbacks to a victory at the Aztec Invitational, sophomore Dominique Scott has been named the SEC Runner of the Week. A Capetown, South Africa native, Scott finished first out of the pack of the Razorbacks who were the race’s top eight finishers. Scott paced the Razorbacks with a finish of 17:33 en route to the team’s third perfect score of the season. Heymsfield, Razorbacks win title at Chile Pepper Festival Led by junior Grace Heymsfield, the Razorbacks took eight of the top 10 spots and won a sweeping victory at the 25th Annual Chile Pepper Festival that was delayed by more than an hour after a torrential downpour at Agri Park in Fayetteville. The rain started to fall early in the morning and would accumulate more than three and a half inches to set the stage for a mupy course to race on featuring 115 Division I competitors and 318 collegiate athletes. Heymsfield led the pack of Razorbacks to the finish line when she crossed at 16:55.8 as the top collegiate finisher, followed shortly by her nine teammates. Sophomore Dominique Scott, junior Shannon Klenke and senior Stephanie Brown rounded out the top four places, finishing at 17:00.8, 17:10.3 and 17:13.0, respectively. Senior Keri Wood and junior Shannon Klenke were the next to finish at 17:34 and 17:38, respectively. Freshman Sandie Raines, junior Diane Robison, senior Paige Johnston and junior Jessica Kamilos completed the top 10 for the Razorbacks. Coming off three perfect scores, the Razorback women were one point shy of a fourth perfect finish, scoring 16. This score put them 72 points ahead of the second place finisher, Loyola Marymount, and 82 ahead of Texas Tech, who took third. Heymsfield and Raines earn weekly SEC honors After the Razorbacks claimed the 25th Annual Chile Pepper Festival, junior Grace Heymsfield was named the SEC Runner of the Week and freshman Sandie Raines was named the Co-SEC Freshman of the Week.(Sept. 17) Heymsfield, an Elkins, Ark., native was the top collegiate finisher among 115 participants with a time of 16:55.8, which ranked as the second-best women’s 5K time in the SEC at that point in season. She led No. 8 Arkansas to taking eight of the top 10 spots en route to the team title at the 25th Annual Chile Pepper Festival. She was also an honorable mention selection for USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week. Raines, a native of Kingwood, Texas, finished sixth at the 25th Annual Chile Pepper Festival to round out Arkansas’ scoring lineup of 16 points, just one shy of the team’s fourth perfect score this season. She clocked a 5k time of 17:15.7, which was the second-best freshman time in the SEC at that point in the season. This is the first honor of her young career, and now has scored in all four meets for the Razorbacks. Raines shares this week’s Freshman of the week. Two top 10 finishes lead Razorbacks at adidas Invite Highlighted by a pair of top 10 finishes, the No. 8 Razorbacks placed second at the 2013 Wisconsin adidas Invitational. The Razorbacks upset No. 1 Providence, No. 4 Washington and No. 7 New Mexico. Juniors Grace Heymsfield and Shannon Klenke each finished in the lead pack, crossing the line in sixth and eighth place, respectively, to lead the Razorbacks. Heymsfield crossed with a time of 19:56 followed closely by Klenke when she crossed at 19:59. Overall, the Razorbacks scored 136 points to finish ahead of 35 teams in the field, including 18 teams that were ranked in the latest USTFCCCA national rankings. No. 3 Arizona claimed the team title with 117 points to edge out the Razorbacks. At the front of the chase pack, sophomore Dominique Scott recorded a time of 20:05 to finish in 13th place for the meet. Junior Paige Johnston was the next Razorback across the line in 52nd place at a time of 20:40 and senior Stephanie Brown finished the scoring lineup in 57th place at a time of 20:42. Heymsfield named SEC Runner of the Week The top SEC finisher at the prestigious Wisconsin adidas Invitational, placing sixth overall in the race in a time of 19:56, Grace Heymsfield was named the SEC Runner of the Week (Oct. 20). Heymsfield helped Razorbacks to a second-place finish among the decorated field that included 18 of the nation’s top 30 teams. Including upsets over No. 1 Providence, No. 4 Washington and No. 7 New Mexico. Heymsfield set the SEC’s top 6K time during the race and was awarded the honor for the second time this season. Previously, she was given the honor for being the top collegiate finisher at the 25th Annual Chile Pepper Festival just two weeks prior. Arkansas was now four-for-four in collecting SEC weekly honors, including sweeping both Runner and Freshman Runner of the Week honors in the team’s last opportunity (Sept. 17). Razorbacks claim 14th SEC title The Razorbacks overwhelmingly defeated the field to claim the program’s 14th SEC Championship. Arkansas scored a total of 32 points with seven finishers in the top 25 spots. Texas A&M came in second place with a score of 123 points. Sophomore Dominique Scott was at the front of the lead pack at the two-mile mark with a time of 10:53.97 before taking the lead for good after three miles and crossing the finish line at 20:02.81 for the third-fastest time ever at the SEC Championships meet. In second place, junior Shannon Klenke crossed at 20:10.62 followed closely by teammate Grace Heymsfield with a time of 20:11.77 to ensure the Razorbacks a sweep of the medals with a one-two-three finish. The Razorbacks continued to cross the line as senior Stephanie Brown was Arkansas’ fourth finisher with a time of 20:50.01, good for 12th place. Freshman Sandie Raines finished in 14th place and made the scoring lineup for the fifth time last season at a time of 20:56.43. Juniors Paige Johnston and Diane Robison were next to cross the line with times of 21:12.52 and 21:15.47, respectively, to make seven Razorbacks in the top 25 of a field of 119 runners. For their efforts during the race, Scott, Klenke and Heymsfield earned All-SEC First Team honors while Brown earned a spot on the second team. Raines doubled-up with a spot on the SEC All-Freshman team and an All-SEC Second Team honor. Scott, Harter earn SEC Honors Sophomore Dominique Scott and head coach Lance Harter were named the Southeastern Conference Runner and Coach of the Year, respectively, as the league announced its postseason awards. Scott crossed the finish line in first place at the SEC Championship at 20:02.81 for the third-fastest time ever at the meet to lead a 1-2-3 finish and ensure the Razorbacks’ 14th title. Scott is Arkansas’ ninth individual conference champion. Overall, the program now has 12 SEC Champions. After leading his team to its 14th SEC Championship in cross country, Harter was named the SEC Coach of the Year for the 14th time moving his total SEC career honors to 21. Harter also guided his student-athletes to six more All-SEC selections to move his total collection to 107 honors. Along with Scott, Grace Heymsfield and Shannon Klenke were named to the All-SEC First Team while Stephanie Brown and Sandie Raines were named to the SEC Second Team. Raines also earned SEC All-Freshman Team honors. The Razorbacks scored 32 points at the meet to give them the largest margin of victory ever at the SEC Championships with second-place Texas A&M scoring 123 points. @RazorbackTF #WXC clinches NCAA berth with regional title The Razorbacks claimed their third NCAA South Central Regional title in a row in overwhelming fashion as all seven Razorbacks finished in the top 20 of the race to qualify for the 2013 NCAA National Championship Meet. The Razorbacks scored 33 points in the meet to earn the largest margin of victory in the NCAA South Central Regional en route to the programs’ 18th regional title. Sophomore Dominique Scott earned a second-place finish for the meet with a time of 20:04.6 to start the pack of Razorbacks across the finish line. Scott would earn a spot on the All-Region team for the second time in her career. Junior Shannon Klenke was next to finish in third-place with a time of 20:13.9 to also earn her second All-Region honors for her career. A pair of Razorbacks would then cross the line in eight and ninth place in Diane Robison and Grace Heymsfield, respectively. Robison turned in a time of 20:40.2 to earn her second All-Region honors. Heymsfield finished in 20:41.6 to also earn her second All-Region honors. Junior Paige Johnston was the next Razorback to cross the line and finish Arkansas’ scoring lineup in 11th place with a time of 20:46.2 which earned her second All-Region honor. Two more Razorbacks would finish in the top 20 of the meet in junior Jessica Kamilos and freshman Sandie Raines to earn All-Region honors for each of them. Kamilos clocked a time of 20:56.6 to finish in 16th place just out of the scoring lineup. Raines in her first NCAA Regional meet finished in 20th place with a time of 21:10.0 and was just the third freshman to cross the line. All seven Razorbacks that competed were awarded All-region honors for the race. Harter earns USTFCCCA South Central region honor After leading the Razorbacks to their third NCAA South Central Regional title in a row, head coach Lance Harter was named the USTFCCCA South Central Region Coach of the Year. The Razorbacks scored 33 points in the meet to earn the largest margin of victory in the NCAA South Central Regional en route to the programs 18th regional title. All seven runners finished in the top 20, earning All-Region honors, and the top five all finished in the top 11 for the meet. Harter also led the Razorbacks to their 14th SEC Championship earlier this season, during the meet the seven Razorbacks finish in the top 25 for the meet including a 1-2-3 finish by Dominique Scott, Shannon Klenke and Grace Heymsfield. After the meet Harter was named the SEC Coach of the Year as well as Scott earning SEC Runner of the Year honors. This was the seventh time that Harter has been named the USTFCCCA South Central Region Coach of the Year. Scott finishes top 30, Razorbacks 15th at NCAAs Sophomore Dominique Scott was her first All-American honor as the No. 3 University of Arkansas women’s cross country team finished in 15th place on a below-freezing afternoon in Terre Haute, Ind. Scott finished in 28th place to earn her All-American honor with a time of 20:38.9 after falling during the race and putting in an astonishing effort down the back stretch to finish in the top 40. Senior Stephanie Brown was the next Razorback across the line in 82nd place to finish her cross country career with a time of 21:12.0. Juniors Grace Heymsfield and Diane Robison crossed next for Arkansas in 102nd and 116th place, respectively. Heymsfield clocked a time of 21:20.1 in the miple of a giant pack of runners followed closely by Robison with a time of 21:25.3. Freshman Sandie Raines finished as the Razorbacks fifth runner in the scoring lineup for the sixth time this season at 131st place with a time of 21:31.1. The Razorbacks scored 340 points for the race to give them 15th place for the meet. Junior Shannon Klenke was the next Razorback to finish out of the scoring lineup in 165th place and a time of 21:46.5. senior Paige Johnston finished the Razorbacks season in the mud and ice with a time of 22:23.5 to finish in 228th place. The Razorbacks finish the 2013 campaign as the NCAA South Central Region and Southeastern Conference Champions. 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