Kemoy Campbell, No. 12 Arkansas hunt SEC Cross Country crown

FAYETTEVILLE – The three-time defending Southeastern Conference (SEC) Champion No. 12 Arkansas men’s cross country team will enter the 2013 SEC Championships looking to claim the program’s 21st SEC title. The men’s 8K is scheduled for an 8 a.m. start on Friday, Nov. 1.

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At the beginning of the season, the Razorbacks were a unanimous selection to win the 2013 league title in a vote by the coaches. Arkansas has won 20 of the last 22 SEC cross country Championships. The Razorbacks have won seven consecutive conference titles dating back to the 2011 outdoor track and field title in Athens, Ga.

“I think at this stage of the game, it’s mostly mental.” Said head coach Chris Bucknam. “Our guys have been running since mid-June preparing for the SEC Championships and the NCAA Championships.

“We just need to have confidence in the fact that we are healthy, we are extremely fit and now we will drill down and get race fit. It’s all about believing in the system and having confidence in the training that we have gone through and I truly believe that our best race is still to come.”

Senior Kemoy Campbell is currently the SEC’s leader at the men’s 8K distance with a time of 23:12, recorded at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational. The course record at the Mark Bostick Golf Course is currently 23:34.0, set by Auburn’s Brian Jaeger in 1986.

The Razorbacks return All-SEC performers in Solomon Haile, Campbell and Cale Wallace. In 2012, head coachChris Bucknam was named the SEC Coach of the Year and Wallace earned SEC Freshman of the year honors.

So far this season, the Razorbacks have collected three team titles and four individual titles. The Razorbacks have also collected multiple awards with Stanley Kebenei being named the USTFCCCA National Runner of the Week as well as SEC Runner of the Week twice, Campbell also collected two SEC Runner of the Week honors. Freshman Aidan Swain also added to Arkansas’ honors by being named the SEC Freshman of the Week on two separate occasions.

Mark Bostick Golf Course Men’s 8K Top 10 Performers

1.

Brian JaegerAuburn23:34.010/25/86Florida Invitational

2.

Mike BlaneyFlorida23:46.410/25/86Florida Invitational

3.

Jimmy ClarkFlorida23.53.789/14/13Mountain Dew Invite

4.

Henok LecheboFlorida23:53.819/9/05Gator Invitational

5.

Paul Waldronadidas23:55.610/25/86Florida Invitational

6.

Mark ParrishFlorida23:59.419/14/13Mountain Dew Invite

7.

Matt ParkerAuburn24:00.010/25/86Florida Invitational

8.

Jon HarrisFlorida24:01.110/25/86Florida Invitational

9.

Jeff PiggFlorida24:03.910/25/86Florida Invitational

10.

David KimaniAlabama24:05.1811/4/02SEC Championships

Mark Bostick Golf Course Women’s 6K Top 10 Performers

  1.Shannon WomackTenn.19:50.1611/12/05NCAA South Reg.
  2.Angela HomanAuburn20:14.8311/12/05NCAA South Reg.
  3.Lauren BlankenshipSamford20:16.3911/12/05NCAA South Reg.
  4.Susan KuijkenFlorida St.20:19.0111/10/07NCAA South Reg.
  5.Melanie SchultzMiami20:32.4111/12/05NCAA South Reg.
  6.Barbara ParkerFlorida St.20:35.6911/10/07NCAA South Reg.
  7.Felicia GulifordTenn.20:43.4711/12/05NCAA South Reg.
  8.Sonja Friend-UhlAsics20:44.939/30/00Gator Invitational
  9.Kelly PerzanowskiFGCU20:45.069/14/13NCAA South Reg.
10.Lauren BurksGeorgia20:45.0911/12/05NCAA South Reg.

Fans can follow live updates during the meet from the team’s official Twitter account @RazorbackTF and results will be available on the official website http://www.gatorzone.com/crosscountry/tour/sec/2013/.

For more information on Arkansas men’s cross country, follow @RazorbackTF on Twitter.

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