Fayetteville, Ark. – As the 2016 Cross Country season reaches the home stretch, the Cougars will head to Fayetteville, Ark., to compete in the NCAA South Central Regional on Friday. The meet will be hosted by the University of Arkansas at Agri Park.
ABOUT THE NCAA SOUTH CENTRAL REGIONAL
Where: Agri Park | Fayetteville, Ark.
Women’s Race: 11 a.m. | 6000-meters
Men’s Race: Noon | 10,000-meters
Teams Competing: Houston, Arkansas, Arkansas State, Baylor, Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist, Lamar, Little Rock, Louisiana, Louisiana Tech, LSU, McNeese State, New Orleans, Nicholls State, North Texas, Prairie View A&M, Rice, Sam Houston State, SMU, Stephen F. Austin, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Texas State, Tulane, ULM, UT Arlington, UT Rio Grande Valley, UTSA
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Houston’s top-2 finishers on the women’s side will each be in action on Friday when Selena Sierra and Maddie Brown enter the course. Sierra has been the top finisher in five different events this season, including a second-place finish in the season opener at the SFA Lumberjack Preview and an 11th-place finish at the Rice Invitational the following week. Brown won the HBU Invitation midway through the season when she finished the 5,000-meter race in 18:06.04.
The men will send three individuals to compete in the 10,000-meter race on Friday. G.J. Reyna will be in action for the Cougars after pacing the team in all five of the meets he competed in during 2016. Reyna finished in the top-10 in back-to-back weeks placing eighth at the SFA Lumberjack Preview and ninth the following week at the Rice Invitational. Matthew Parmley and Kody Anderson will also compete for the Cougars in the regional.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
A trip to the NCAA Cross Country Championship will be on the line for the Cougars on Friday. The top-2 finishing teams will automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships, while 13 teams will receive at-large bids into the meet. The top-4 individual performers not on automatic qualifying teams will punch individual tickets to nationals.
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Live results for the 2016 NCAA South Central Cross Country Regional will be made available courtesy of Flash Results. Fans can access live results by visiting FlashResults.com and following the appropriate links, or by clicking HERE.
For the third year in a row, the USTFCCCA National Results Wall is back to bring you live coverage of the year’s biggest and most nationally intriguing cross country meets as they happen. The National Results Wall is a running blog of all the top results and social media posts from the nation’s top races. The National Results Wall can be accessed by clicking HERE.
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