Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
UA women win, men second at NCAA regional
NWA Media/ANDY SHUPE -- Arkansas junior Solomon Haile (194) nears the finish Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, during the NCAA South Central Regional meet at the UA's Agri Park in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE The Arkansas women's cross country team won the NCAA South Central Regional on Friday.
The Razorbacks finished with an average time of 21 minutes, 12.2 seconds - 4.4 seconds ahead of second-place Texas. With the win, Arkansas qualified for the NCAA championships next weekend in Louisville, Ky.
Semehar Tesfaye and Grace Heymsfield finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 6,000-meter race at Agri Park in Fayetteville. Texas had the top two finishers in the event, led by Marielle Hall with a time of 20 minutes, 30.7 seconds.
Arkansas' men also qualified for the NCAA championships by finishing second Friday, an average of 9.2 seconds behind first-place Texas in the 10,000-meter race. Kemoy Campbell finished third in the race for the Razorbacks, while Solomon Haile finished fifth. Texas A&M's Henry Lelei won the event with a time of 29 minutes, 36.5 seconds.
The Razorbacks' men won the SEC cross country championship two weeks ago, while the women finished second.