NCAA XC Championship 2021

The Arkansas men’s cross country team celebrates a fourth place finish Saturday at the NCAA Championships in Tallahassee, Florida.

The Arkansas men’s and women’s cross country teams each placed within the top 10 Saturday morning at the NCAA Championships at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Florida.

The women’s team was the first to take the field, and ran within the top 10 for the entire race. Three Hogs ran sub-20 minute 6Ks, each placing in the top 50 and boosting the team to an eighth-place finish.

Junior Lauren Gregory led the way for the Razorbacks and earned All-America honors, placing 19th with a time of 19:46.1. Sophomore Isabel Van Camp ran 19:54.7, earning All-America honors and the 37th position, and senior All-American Krissy Gear ran with a time of 19:59.1, placing 43rd at the meet.

Sophomore Meghan Underwood and junior Julia Paternain ran well outside the pack and placed 139th and 171st, respectively, to give Arkansas a total of 328 points. The Hogs finished well behind first-place North Carolina State, which finished with a score of 84.

“Any time you can finish in the top 10 is an accomplishment,” Arkansas women’s head coach Lance Harter told Arkansas Athletics. “I think we’re very proud that we’re able to walk away with a top-10 performance and have a pair of All-Americans.” 

The men’s team then took the field and ran toward the top, with senior Amon Kemboi leading the way and placing 12th with a time of 29:13.1. Senior Gilbert Boit finished with a time of 29:16.4 to place 15th, and junior Emanuel Cheboson ran 29:17.4 and placed 17th.

“I’m so proud of this team, and they did an unbelievable job all season,” said Arkansas men’s head coach Chris Bucknam. “The guys competed really hard, and we had three All-Americans. We came in ranked ninth and finished fourth. I couldn’t be happier with the effort that our guys gave.”

As with the women’s team, the men’s bottom two scorers placed well outside the top 50 for the meet, which brought the team point total to 195, good for fourth place behind Northern Arizona, Iowa State and Oklahoma State.

The meet capped off a successful cross country season for each team. Both squads will now pivot toward the indoor season, which will begin Dec. 3 with the Woo Pig Classic at the Randall Tyson Indoor Track Center.

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