Matt Jones is the online sports editor for the Arkansas-Democrat-Gazette and Northwest Arkansas Newspapers.
Arkansas women move to No. 2 nationally
Ranking program's highest since 2007
Grace Heymsfield finished first at the Chile Pepper Festival on Oct. 5.
FAYETTEVILLE The Arkansas women's cross country team moved up six spots to No. 2 in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll Tuesday.
The Razorbacks are coming off a second-place finish Saturday at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational, finishing ahead of No. 1 Providence, No. 4 Washington and No. 7 New Mexico. Arizona, which won the race in Wisconsin, moved up two spots this week to No. 1.
The No. 2 ranking is the program's highest since 2007. Arkansas' next meet will be the SEC Championship on Nov. 1 in Gainesville, Fla. The Razorbacks were the preseason favorite to win the meet.
On the men's side, Arkansas fell five spots to No. 12 in the USTFCCCA poll after a seventh-place finish in Wisconsin. The Razorbacks were a unanimous preseason pick to win next month's SEC meet.
Both Kemoy Campbell and Grace Heymsfield won SEC runner of the week awards as a result of strong performances at the event. Campbell finished first on the men's side, while Heymsfield was sixth in the women's race.