NCAA CROSS COUNTRY:

UA men in top 5; women finish 19th

By: Democrat-Gazette Press Services
Published: Sunday, November 20, 2016
NWA Democrat-Gazette/DAVID GOTTSCHALK   Alex George, a junior at the University of Arkansas, finishes first Friday, October 28, 2016, at the Southeastern Conference Championship held at Agri Park in Fayetteville. Both the Razorback men and women won their respective tam conference titles.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/DAVID GOTTSCHALK Alex George, a junior at the University of Arkansas, finishes first Friday, October 28, 2016, at the Southeastern Conference Championship held at Agri Park in Fayetteville. Both the Razorback men and women won their respective tam conference titles.

The Arkansas men's team finished fifth and the women's team 19th Saturday at the NCAA cross country championships Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind.

Northern Arizona won the men's team title with 125 points. Stanford was second with 158 points, followed by Syracuse (164), Ole Miss (196) and Arkansas (205).

It was the first time the Razorbacks finished in the top five since 2006, and it was the second consecutive top-10 showing after they took sixth last year.

The Razorbacks, ranked No. 6 nationally, were led by Alex George and Jack Bruce, who both earned All-American honors.

George, the SEC champion, finished 12th and ran the 10,000-meter course in 30 minutes, 10.10 seconds.

Bruce was 19th in 30:10.90. He also was an All-American last year when he led Arkansas by taking 23rd.

Other Razorbacks who scored were sophomores Cameron Griffith (36th in 30:32.50) and Andrew Ronoh (67th in 30:39.60), and senior Frankline Tonui (30:58.00).

Arkansas' other finishers were senior Kyle Hosting (143rd in 31:24.20) and junior Austen Dalquist (31:38.60).

Villanova senior Patrick Tiernan won the men's individual title in 29:22.0.

Oregon senior Edward Cheserek, going for his fourth consecutive NCAA title, finished fourth.

Oregon won the women's team championship by a single point over Michigan (125-126) followed by Colorado (134), North Carolina State (223) and Stanford (255).

Arkansas scored 476 points for its fifth consecutive top-20 finish.

Missouri junior Karissa Schweizer won the individual tile. She finished the 6,000-meter race in 19:41.6.

Freshman Taylor Werner finished 16th to lead the Razorbacks and earn All-American honors. She ran the 6,000-meter course in 19:41.6.

Werner is the sixth Arkansas freshman to earn All-American honors along with Jody Rittenhouse (1978), Michelle Byrne (1991), Shelley Taylor (1992), Amy Yoder (1996) and Brooke Upshaw (2006).

Other finishers for Arkansas were sophomore Devin Clark (118th, 20:55.0); senior Regan Ward (143rd, 21:01.1); junior Nikki Hiltz (21:04.8); freshman Abby Gray (168th, 21:10.5); junior Therese Haiss (173rd, 21:11.9); and senior Valerie Reina (215th, 21:42.9).

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