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 Heisman Trophy.
Arkansas' Harter named national coach of the year
Arkansas coach Lance Harter is shown during the NCAA South Regional cross country meet on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas coach Lance Harter has won the 2019 Peter Tegen Award as the national cross country coach of the year.
Harter led the Razorbacks to the NCAA championship on Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind. Arkansas scored 96 points to edge second-place BYU (102).
The title was the Razorbacks’ first in cross country and capped a three-season sweep in running sports. Arkansas won the NCAA team titles in indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field earlier this year.
The Peter Tegen Award was established in 2006 and named for the former head coach at Stanford who was five-time national cross country coach of the year. Harter is a first-time recipient of the award. He was also national coach of the year during the 2019 indoor and outdoor seasons.
More awards could come for the cross country team. Seniors Taylor Werner and Katie Izzo were two of four runners named finalists for the Honda Sport Award for cross country Tuesday.
Izzo finished third at the NCAA meet, just ahead of Werner in fourth. Other finalists for the award are NCAA individual champion Weini Kelati of New Mexico and NCAA runner-up Alicia Monson of Wisconsin.
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