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    Cartell’s Chatter: XC Championship A First

    By: Sean Cartell
    Twitter: @SEC_Sean
    SEC Digital Network

    NASHVILLE – When the 2012 Southeastern Conference cross country championships begin on Friday morning, it will signify an historic moment for the league. This event will mark the first-ever SEC Championship featuring Missouri and Texas A&M in any sport.

    The Tigers and Aggies officially joined the SEC on July 1, 2012, enjoying full membership immediately. The two teams are both strong cross country programs and will add to an already highly competitive field at Friday’s championship.

    “The SEC is kind of a unique animal in the respect that you can basically throw out previous results and previous rankings because, so often, we have had individuals that have just competed above and beyond what anybody forecasted or expected,” Arkansas women’s head coach Lance Harter said. “When you add two new quality programs to the fold, they also have individuals that are going to upset the apple cart as far as the predictions. It just makes it that much more competitive and winning the SEC title is never going to be an easy task.”

    The men’s race field will consist of 13 teams (South Carolina does not sponsor men’s cross country) and the women’s race field will consist of 14 teams.

    The women’s 6K race begins at 10 a.m. CT, while the men’s 8K race starts at 11 a.m. CT at Percy Warner Park in Nashville.

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