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The Arkansas Razorbacks Women’s Cross Country team celebrates winning first place at the 2019 Chile Pepper Festival on Oct. 5.

Saturday morning, the Arkansas women’s cross country team placed first among the 31 competing teams at the national championships in Terre Haute, Indiana, to earn its first ever national title.

This year has already included two national championship titles for the Razorback women’s track teams, both indoor and outdoor, during the 2018-19 season.

The cross country title completes the coveted triple crown for Arkansas, winning all running-based sports in a year, just the second program ever to accomplish this after Texas did so in 1986.

Four of the Hogs’ seven competitors finished in the top 30, a feat that no other team accomplished. Seniors Carina Viljoen and Devin Clark placed 28th and 21st, respectively, both finishing the 6,000-meter race in under 20 minutes and 40 seconds. Senior Taylor Werner finished fourth in 20 minutes and 11 seconds. Junior Katie Izzo placed third and finished just 0.7 seconds shy of 20 minutes, two seconds behind second place and 12 behind first.

Aiming for the lowest score, the team totaled only 96 points, six fewer than second-place Brigham Young and 27 fewer than third-place Stanford. The Razorbacks also boast the lowest average (20 minutes and 29 seconds) and total (one hour, 42 minutes and 27 seconds) time.

The national championship is the 48th won by a Razorback team, and the fifth earned by a Lance Harter-coached team (women’s indoor and outdoor track, cross country) in the last five years.

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