Matt Jones is the online sports editor for the Arkansas-Democrat-Gazette and Northwest Arkansas Newspapers.
UA cross country in top 10
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 Arkansas' men's cross country team is ranked No. 5 heading into the 2013 season.
The Razorbacks are tied with Tulsa for the ranking in the USTFCCCA poll and are the highest-ranked Southeastern Conference team. Arkansas' women are ranked No. 9 in preseason.
Arkansas' men have won three straight conference championships in cross country and 20 of 22 since joining the SEC. The Razorbacks return a pair of senior all-Americans in Solomon Haile and Kemoy Campbell.
Both the men and women were picked to win the SEC by league coaches this season. Their campaign begins next Thursday with a meet in Fayetteville.
USTFCCCA Presesaon Top 10
1 Oklahoma State (10)
2 Northern Arizona (2)
1 Providence (11)
2 Florida State
3 Oregon (1)