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 for All-America honors.
Entering the competition ranked No.7, Arkansas scored 328 points and Gregory finished 19e and Van Camp finishing 37th, each winning their first All-America cross-country honor. Gregory completed the course in 19: 46.1 while Van Camp posted a time of 19: 54.7.
“They came together really well and we had two All-Americans with Lauren and Isabel,” noted Arkansas women’s head coach Lance Harter. “These are revolutionary performances for them. Krissy started a bit late and passed 130 people from 1km to 6km and narrowly missed being a second All-American for the cross-country.
North Carolina State won the tag team title with 84 points and the defending BYU runner-up with 122 points. The top-five teams included New Mexico (130), Colorado (187) and Notre Dame (215).
Two SEC schools joined Arkansas among the top 15 teams. Ole Miss placed 10e with 250 points while Alabama finished 15e with 428 points.
By placing eighth, the Razorbacks produced their fifth top 10 in the past eight seasons, which includes the 2019 national championship and a fifth place finish in 2014.
“Anytime you can finish in the top 10 is an accomplishment,” Harter said. “I think we’re very proud to be able to walk away with a top 10 performance and have a pair of All-Americans.
“As we told the team at our very first meeting, cross country is about getting you ready for both indoors and outdoors. Knowing the track team that we have at home, we are super excited.
Arkansas scored five spots (16-29-34-112-137) with a duration of 70.1 seconds. Krissy Gear was Arkansas’ third runner, placing 43e overall in 19: 59.1. A returning All-America in March, Gear narrowly missed out on a second cross-country honor, which goes to the top 40 finishes in the race.
Meghan Underwood placed 139th overall and 112th in the team with a time of 20: 44.8. Julia Paternain was the fifth Razorback with a time of 20: 56.2 placed 171st overall and 137 in team scoring. To complete the Arkansas team at the national meeting, Gracie Hyde (180e, 20: 58.8) and Logan Jolley (183e, 20: 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. Going forward, it’s a great learning experience.
NCAA Championships | Cross country
Teams (Ranking): 1. State of North Carolina (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 America
- Lauren Grégoire; 37. Isabel Van Camp