- 2016 SEC Freshman of The Year
Raced in six meets … Placed 42nd in SEC Championships (8k, 24:10.5), to finish fifth among team … 24th in NCAA South Central Region (10k, 31:01.6), sixth on team … In NCAA Championships, fifth finisher on team, 212th overall … Opened season at Coast-to-Coast in Beantown, placing 69th and finishing third on squad … In Chile Pepper Invitational placed 19th and second on team … 89th in Pre-National Invitational, second among Razorbacks.
Competed in two meets… Finished 57th at the SEC Championships…
Started his second season as a Razorback at the Cowboy Preview (Sept. 1) finishing fourth overall and second for the Razorbacks, completing the 5K course with a time of 15:42.70 … In his last meet of the cross country season, he finished in the top-15 and had the fifth-best time for Arkansas at 26:33.30 at the Iona Meet of Champions (Sept. 15).
Member of Arkansas’ top seven through four meets … Set a personal best of 24:27.00 in the 8K at the Chile Pepper Festival (Oct. 1) which earned the young standout SEC Freshman Runner of the Week honors (Oct. 4) … Followed it up with a solid showing at his first conference championship, as the highest freshman finisher, placing 37th at the SEC Championship in 25:24.40 to headline the SEC All-Freshman team … Capped his first year with a top-40 showing at the NCAA South Central Region Championship (Nov. 11), placing 37th with a 10K PR of 31:45.10.
Three-time UIL 6A All-State runner for cross country (2013, 2014, 2015) … UIL 6A District 5 champion in his final year running for Keller HS … Placed seventh at the UIL 6A State Championships in 2015 … Four-time UIL 6A District 5 champion on the track … Four-year letterwinner in cross country and track and field with PRs of mile (1,600m): 4:21, two mile (3200m): 9:25 and 5K (on the track): 15:15.
Born on Sept. 17, 1997 … Son of Eric and Kelly Persyn … Has a younger brother; Carson and sister; Rylie … Majoring in business marketing.