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 women win 9th straight cross country championship
Arkansas runner Krissy Gear crosses the finish line during the Chile Pepper Invitational on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, in Fayetteville.
Arkansas’ women won their ninth consecutive SEC cross country team championship Friday in Columbia, Mo.
The Razorbacks, who were not favored to win the meet due to injuries, finished with 68 points to beat second-place Ole Miss (83).
Alabama had four of the top 11 finishers, including individual champion Mercy Chelangat, but was third in the team standings with 91 points. The Crimson Tide’s fifth scorer finished 64th overall.
Krissy Gear led Arkansas with a third-place finish of 20:08.1 in the 6,000-meter race. Gear passed three runners in the race’s final 1,000 meters.
Isabel Van Camp was 10th for Arkansas in 20:29.4 and Lauren Gregory was 12th in 20:34.9. Meghan Underwood (18th) and Logan Jolly (25th) also counted toward the team score.
Chelengat, the reigning NCAA champion, pulled away from Auburn’s Joyce Kimeli in the final 1K. Chelngat finished in 19:55.2. Kimeli was second in 20:04.1.
The Razorbacks won their 22nd SEC cross country championship since joining the SEC in 1991. Lance Harter has been Arkansas’ coach for all of the Razorbacks’ SEC titles.
Harter won an SEC title for the 42nd time in the three sports he coaches — cross country, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field.
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