Top-Ranked Razorbacks Set for NCAA Championships

Arkansas Invtl
LaVern Gibson Championship Course
Terre Haute, Ind.

Saturday, Nov. 23
10:15 a.m. CT

FAYETTEVILLEArk. – The No. 1 Arkansas women’s cross country team will continue its push towards a third-straight National Championship as the Razorbacks travel to the campus of Indiana State for the NCAA Championships Saturday, Nov. 23 at LaVern Gibson Championship Course with a race time slated for 10:15 a.m. CT.

“Over the years we’ve collected a few silver trophies and some bronze trophies, and its always an honor to get on the podium,” said head coach Lance Harter. “Obviously gold has eluded us, but maybe this is one of those opportunities where we can line up and do our part. Our kids are excited… let’s go to the national championships and do what we’ve been doing,” Harter continued.

The Razorbacks enter the meet with a target on their back after sweeping the South Central Regional last weekend at Agri Park with a perfect score of 15; the first time in program history that Arkansas’ women have swept a regional.

Arkansas has an unbroken record of appearances at the NCAA Women’s Championships, starting with the 1982 meet. The Razorbacks joined the NCAA after membership in the AIAW in 1981. The 2000 NCAA Championship meet at Iowa State marked the 10th-straight team appearance for Arkansas, a perfect record for the 1990s.

The Razorbacks’ involvement with the NCAA Championship extends beyond its run of consecutive team and individual bids. Arkansas’ former executive associate athletic director Bev Lewis served for six years as a member of the NCAA Division I Track and Field Committee, which administers the race. The Razorbacks hosted the championship meet in Fayetteville in 1994 and hosted the South Central Regional on five occasions (’07, ’12, ’14, ’16, ’19).

Four times the runner-up (91, 92, 93, 99), Arkansas is looking to capture the final NCAA Championship that has eluded the Razorbacks for years. With four team titles in program history, two indoor and two outdoor, Arkansas is chasing the programs first NCAA Cross Country Championship this weekend in Terre Haute, Ind.

Meet Info
The 2019 NCAA Championships will begin at 10:15 a.m. CT with the women’s 6K race. Following the men’s 10K, an awards ceremony will be held for the top individual performers and team champions.

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