Robert Black

Razorbacks Break into the Top Five

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – With the release of the latest USTFCCCA Coaches’ poll this past Tuesday Arkansas women’s cross country is up seven spots to No. 4 following an impressive outing at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational.

Ranked in the top-10 for the majority of the year, Arkansas entered the past weekend in the No. 11 spot. The Razorbacks’ performance last Saturday made waves in the running world as the young group, overlooked earlier in the season by the masses, finished in the top-two for the second year in a row at one of the most challenging meets in the nation.

Head coach Lance Harter has guided Arkansas to 17 top-20 finishes at the NCAA cross country championships throughout his illustrious career with nine of those inside the top-10. Through 25 seasons with the program Harter is responsible for the orchestrating of 15 student-athletes transitions from unknown to All-American, two of whom were individual silver medalists (Deena Drossin ’92, Amy Yoder ’99).

Last season saw the team earn its first top-five national finish since 2006. Humble in its expectations for the 2015 year following the loss of four out of five scorers, Arkansas has seen the rise of its newcomers and veterans alike who have filled in the missing pieces of the puzzle to form a complete team.

The Razorbacks next compete on the Watts Cross Country course in College Station where they will race against conference rivals in hopes of earning the program’s 16th SEC cross country title.

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