FAYETTEVILLE – The Arkansas Razorback women’s cross country team will open the 2010 season at the Arkansas Invitational Friday night in Fayetteville.
The Arkansas Invitational will take place Friday, Sept. 3 at Agri Park in Fayetteville. Arkansas and Missouri Southern will start the 4,000-meter race at 5 p.m.
Head coach Lance Harter is beginning his 21st season with Arkansas. His teams have brought 19 Southeastern Conference Championships to Fayetteville and nine NCAA trophies, including four second-place awards.
Harter returns six letterwinners for the 2010 season. All-SEC and all-region performers senior Miranda Walker and junior Miranda Walker will pave the way for 2010 indoor track and field All-Americans juniors Kristen Gillespie and Samantha Learch, junior Cali George and sophomore Keri Wood.
The Razorbacks welcome five new faces to the squad for the 2010 season. True freshmen Rachel Carpino, Grace Heymsfield, Ashley Isham, Natanya Luther and Diane Robison will represent the Razorbacks this season. With a year of training under their belts, redshirt-freshmen Stephanie Brown and Paige Johnston will also join the Arkansas line up this season.
To open the 2010 season, Arkansas is ranked No. 3 in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Assoc. South Central Region and is receiving votes in the USTFCCCA national poll.
At the 2009 Arkansas Invitational, Walker and the Razorbacks opened the season with a win. Walker took the 4,000-meter race win with a time of 14:01.5. She led her teammates to a win in the team race with 25 points. The Razorbacks finished five runners in the top 10, seven in the top 12 and all competitors in the top 14. Missouri Southern finished with 34 points. Learch was fifth overall and Arkansas’ second scorer. She clocked a time of 14:21.7. Megan Jackson was eighth overall, fourth for the Razorbacks and clocked time of 14:33.6. Gillespie was the fifth Razorback to cross the finish line and was ninth overall (14:45.4).
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