Hogs run wild, claim all SEC cross country titles

By Chris Joseph, 23 Sports

Friday, Oct. 31-

The Arkansas Razorbacks dominated the men’s and women’s SEC Cross Country Championships on Friday in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Both Missouri Tiger squads finished a respectable 4th place, with the men repeating the same position from last year and the women improving from 7th.

The double victory was no surprise for the Hogs. Both teams repeated as champions and the No. 24 men clinched their 22nd title in the last 24 years. The breakout performer for the No. 6 Arkansas Women was junior Dominique Scott.

Her time of 19:22.8 for the 5.87k race secured her spot as only the 6th woman in SEC history to win back-to-back individual titles. Arkansas teammate Grace Heymsfield, who claimed second, joined her atop the podium.

Not to be out done, senior Stanley Kenbenei of Arkansas won the individual title for men with a time of 23:49.3 for the 8.085k race.

Overall, the Arkansas Men’s team won with a score of 54 points and the Women with a score of 32.

Mizzou lost by 30 and 110 points, respectively. The Lady Tigers were led by sophomore All-SEC runner Kaitlyn Fischer, finishing in 6th place with a time of 20:04.3.

Junior and All-SEC runner Tyler Schneider highlighted the male effort, finishing in 5th with a time of 24:30.4. Missouri’s Karissa Schweizer claimed the top freshman honors for the women, coming in 17th with a time of 21:41.13.

The No. 14 Vanderbilt Women, the only other ranked team in the entire competition, wrapped up the silver with a score of 85. Host Alabama squeaked past Missouri for third with a score of 140. For the men, it was the Rebels of Ole Miss that came in second, tallying 60 points. Auburn claiming the bronze with 77 points.

Both Missouri squads now prepare to run in the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships on Friday, November 14, in Peoria, Ill.