Women’s Cross Country Excels in Season Opener
The UA women’s cross country team opened the season strong and dominated the Razorback Invitational to win their first meet of the season Thursday at Agri Park.
The Razorbacks finished with a dominating 16 points, while the Lions finished with 46.
Sophomore Diane Robison won the Razorback Invitational individual title in her first meet as a Razorback with a time of 14:39:5.
Robison, from Chesterfield, Mo., overcame a long history of injuries and used a strong finish to edge out teammate Shannon Klenke by just one-tenth of a second.
Robison missed all of last season and was redshirted in the 2010 season.
Klenke, a sophomore from Houston, was strong in her fourth time in the lineup for the Hogs. She improved her time from last year’s Razorback Invitational by more than 30 seconds.
Sophomore Paige Johnston and Junior Keri Wood finished third and fourth with times of 14:43:5 and 14:43:6.
Arkansas had six runners finish in the top-10, and no runner finished the 4K race outside of the top-11, blowing away Missouri Southern, who had two runners finish in the top ten.
The Lions were lead by Kaitlyn Belisle, who finished 16 seconds off the pace with a time of 14:55:3, earning her a sixth place finish.
Next up for the Hogs is the UCI Invitational in Irvine, Cali., on Sept. 8. They will take on the Anteaters from California-Irvine and others in a 5K run at the Anteater Recreation Center.