UA women picked to win SEC; men third

By: Bob Holt
Published: Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Arkansas coach Lance Harter watches Saturday, April 27, 2019, during the National Relay Championships at John McDonnell Field on the campus of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
Photo by Andy Shupe
Arkansas coach Lance Harter watches Saturday, April 27, 2019, during the National Relay Championships at John McDonnell Field on the campus of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

FAYETTEVILLE — The Arkansas women’s cross country team was an overwhelming choice to win the SEC championship in a preseason coaches’ poll.

The Razorbacks, who have won six consecutive SEC titles, received 13 of 14 first-place votes.

Coaches aren’t allowed to vote for their own teams, meaning Arkansas coach Lance Harter cast a first-place vote for Ole Miss.

Arkansas returns five All-SEC runners in Taylor Werner, Carina Viljoen, Lauren Gregory, Maddy Reed and 2018 SEC Freshman of the Year Katrina Robinson.

Florida was picked to finish third behind Arkansas and Ole Miss, followed by Georgia and Missouri in the top five.

The Razorbacks finished third in the men’s poll and didn’t receive any first-place votes. Ole Miss received seven of 12 first-place votes, with five going to Alabama.

There are only 12 men’s SEC cross country teams because Mississippi State and South Carolina don’t compete in the sport.

The Razorbacks are led by Gilbert Boit, the defending SEC champion.

Florida and Kentucky tied for fourth in the poll.

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