The Arkansas men’s cross country team won the SEC Preview Meet with a runner placing first in three different events at LSU. The Razorbacks held off Ole Miss, Texas A&M and LSU to earn the win. Arkansas placed first scoring 29 points while Ole Miss scored 37, Texas A&M ended at 85 and LSU placed last with 96.
The Razorbacks won the 1,000-meter race with three runners placing in the top five. Senior Gilbert Boit won the event, junior Jacob McLeod placed second and senior Matt Young finished fifth in the event.
Texas A&M sophomore Eric Casarez won the 2,000-meter with a time of 5:51.4 beating Razorbacks Gilbert Boit, 5:51.5, and junior Emmanuel Cheboson, 5:51.7. Ole Miss junior Mario Garcia Romo and senior Waleed Suliman rounded out the top five in the race.
In the 4,000-meter race, Arkansas placed three runners in the top five. Emmanuel Cheboson, 11:46.7, was able to out-duel Mario Garcia Romo, 11:47.5, of Ole Miss.
Razorback Jacob McLeod, 14:44.1, won the 5,000-meter race and finished third in the 6,000-meter race. Mario Garcia Romo, 17:23.3, won the event and Emmanuel Cheboson of the Razorbacks earned second with a time of 17:25.0. The events all together helped Arkansas score 29 points on their way to a win.
Arkansas head coach Chris Bucknam used the meet to see the progression his team has made. He said he thinks the SEC Preview does not indicate much currently.
“I don’t look too deep into the team victory because we were missing guys and maybe Ole Miss was as well,” Bucknam told Arkansas Razorback press. “It was a chance to measure our guys and see where we’re at in starting the season.”
Arkansas will be back on the road in a little under a month. The Hogs will travel to College Station, Texas, where the Texas A&M Aggies will host the Arturo Barrios Invitational Saturday Oct. 17th at 9 a.m.