Robert Black

Inside the Top-10

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas men’s cross country team is back in a familiar territory recently moving up five spots to No. 8 in the USTFCCCA Coaches’ poll. Entering the preseason at No. 17, the Razorbacks have steadily climbed the ranks through successful performances at four meets this year.

In addition to the Coaches’ poll, Arkansas made a top-10 appearance on the prestigious Saucony Flo50 ranking following their third-place team finish at Pre-Nationals this past weekend.

The only two teams to finish ahead of Arkansas in Louisville, Colorado and Oregon, are among the top three best schools in the country at No. 1 and No. 3 respectively.

Arkansas has finished 10th or better in 33 NCAA cross country championships since they began competing in 1957. Following his 2008 arrival, head coach Chris Bucknam developed four student-athletes into cross country All-Americans including two-time recipients, Stanley Kebenei (2013, 2014) and Dorian Ulrey (2009, 2010). Keeping with tradition, Bucknam’s teams have earned two-top 10 finishes and one top-15 finish at the national meet in three out of the last five years.

College Station bound in less than two weeks, Arkansas’ path to the NCAAs begins first with the SEC cross country championships hosted by Texas A&M on Friday, Oct. 30.

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