Arkansas ranks eighth at NCAA championships with two All-Americans

TALLAHASSEE, Florida. – Arkansas finished in eighth place at the 2021 NCAA Championships on Saturday. Lauren Gregory led the Razorbacks over the 6,000m distance in Apalachee Regional Park while Isabel Van Camp joined her to earn All-America honors.

Going into the No. 7 ranked competition, Arkansas scored 328 points with Gregory ranking 19e and Van Camp finishing 37th as each earned their first cross-country All-America accolade. Gregory covered the course in 19:46.1 while Van Camp posted a time of 19:54.7.

“They rallied really well and we had two All-Americans with Lauren and Isabel,” noted Arkansas women’s head coach Lance Harter. “These are groundbreaking performances for them. Krissy started a little behind and passed 130 people from 1k to 6k and just missed being a second time All-American for cross country.

North Carolina State won the tag team title with 84 points and defending champion BYU was second with 122 points. Teams in the top five included New Mexico (130), Colorado (187) and Notre Dame (215).

Two SEC schools joined Arkansas in the top 15 teams. Ole Miss ranked 10e with 250 points as Alabama finished 15e with 428 points.

By placing eighth, the Razorbacks produced their fifth top 10 in the last eight seasons, which includes the 2019 national championship and fifth place in 2014.

“Anytime you can finish in the top 10, that’s an achievement,” Harter said. “I think we’re very proud to be able to come away with a top-10 performance and have a pair of All-Americans.

“As we tell the team at our very first meeting, cross-country is about getting you ready for the indoors and outdoors. Knowing the track team we have at home, we’re super excited .

Arkansas scored five places included (16-29-34-112-137) with a duration of 70.1 seconds. Krissy Gear was Arkansas’ third runner, placing 43rd in total, in 19:59.1. All-America in March, Gear just missed out on a second cross-country honor, which is awarded to the top 40 in the race.

Meghan Underwood placed 139th overall and 112th in team scoring, with a time of 20:44.8. Julia Paternan was the fifth Razorback as her time of 20:56.2 ranked 171st overall and 137 in team scoring. Gracie Hyde (180)e20:58.8) and Logan Jolley (183rd20:59.9).

The peloton of 255 riders included 250 finishers.

“Our fourth and fifth are people who need to understand this event,” Harter said. “It’s very intimidating. For the future, it’s a great learning experience.

NCAA Championships | Cross country

Teams (Classification): 1. North Carolina State (1) 84, 2. BYU (4) 122, 3. New Mexico (2) 130, 4. Colorado (3) 187, 5. Notre Dame (10) 215, 6. Stanford (16) 233.7. Minnesota (5) 313.8. Arkansas (7) 328, 9. Iowa State (10) 332, 10. Ole Miss (9) 350, 11. Washington (23) 366, 12. Wisconsin (13) 376, 13. Oklahoma State ( 6) 404, 14. North Carolina (8) 405, 15. Alabama (15) 428.

Arkansas | all of america

  1. Laurent Gregoire; 37. Isabelle Van Camp

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