NCAA 2021 XC South Central Regional
Razorbacks Isabel Van Camp and Lauren Gregory run side by side Friday during the NCAA South Central Regional meet. 

The Razorback women’s cross country team claimed its 10th consecutive title, and both the men’s and women’s teams qualified for the NCAA Championships, at the NCAA South Central Regional meet Friday.

The Arkansas women’s team earned its 25th South Central Regional overall title since 1982. The top five Razorback runners placed in the meet’s top 10, and all seven Hogs finished in the top 50, earning the squad 27 points. Rice and Texas rounded out the top three with 96 and 101 points, respectively.

Sophomore Isabel Van Camp earned Arkansas’ highest placement, finishing second overall with a time of 20:15.4. The Hogs’ second finisher, junior Lauren Gregory, also earned a time of 20:15.4 and a third-place finish, and senior Logan Jolly ran a 20:54.9 race, earning fifth place.

Junior Gracie Hyde placed eighth with a time of 21:05.5, and Meghan Underwood, the last of the Hogs’ scoring runners, took ninth with a time of 21:06.9.

Junior Julia Paternain placed 24th, and freshman Carmie Prinsloo placed 41st.

“It was really about feeling good in the race, run hard and give it a good effort,” Van Camp told Arkansas Athletics. “The main goal was to solidify our spot for nationals and do what we need to do to be ready for that race. There’s been a lot of learning experiences this season. This entire team is amazing — I have the best teammates and the best coaches. It’s made me like cross country a little bit more.”

The women’s team automatically qualified for the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships with Friday’s win.

The men’s team also automatically qualified for the national meet with its second-place finish. The Razorbacks totaled 39 points, just four behind first-place Texas. The race marked the 17th time since 2000 that Arkansas and Texas took the top two places in the regional meet.

Arkansas’ top finisher was senior Amon Kemboi, who placed fifth with a time of 30:26.6. Junior Emmanuel Cheboson placed sixth with a time of 30:26.7, and senior Gilbert Boit earned seventh place with a time of 30:26.8.

“We worked together and talked along the way, just carrying each other throughout the race,” Kemboi told Arkansas Athletics. “That was the plan from the start. It’s fun to finish a race together, working up front during the race to make it easy. That is something that is nice, working as a team.”

Junior Andrew Kibet placed 10th with a time of 30:38.3, and sophomore Myles Richter took 12th with a time of 31:02.0 to round out Arkansas’ team score.

Junior Ryan Murphy was the sixth Razorback finisher, placing 16th with a time of 31:17.3, and junior Jacob McLeod placed 30th with a time of 31:55.1.

The Razorbacks men’s and women’s teams will compete in the NCAA Championship meet hosted by Florida State University on Nov. 20 in Tallahassee, Florida, to close out the season.

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