SEC In The NCAA Cross Country Championships
Date: Saturday, November 17, 2012
Women’s 6K Race: 12 p.m. ET
Men’s 10K Race: 1:15 p.m. ET
Location: E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park
Ticket Information: For the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships, tickets will be available upon arrival at E.P. 'Tom' Sawyer State Park (no advance sales). Fees will be collected as fans park, and the price is $10 per person.
Official Meet Web Site: http://www.gocards.com/sports/m-xc/spec-rel/lou-meet-central.html
Course Maps: http://www.gocards.com/sports/m-xc/spec-rel/lou-meet-maps.html
Men: Arkansas (automatic), Georgia (automatic)
Women: Arkansas (automatic), Florida (at-large), Georgia (at-large), Vanderbilt (automatic)
· The SEC has won eight NCAA Men’s Cross Country Championships, with Arkansas claiming seven and Tennessee winning one. The last SEC NCAA Championship came in 2000, with Arkansas winning its third consecutive.
· The SEC has won one NCAA Women’s Cross Country Championship, with Kentucky holding the only title, which the Wildcats won in 1988.
· The SEC boasts two NCAA Cross Country individual titles, as Godfrey Siamusiye of Arkansas won back-to-back national crowns in 1995 and 1996.
· No SEC woman has ever claimed an NCAA Cross Country individual championship. Four SEC women have finished as the NCAA runner-up: Shelly Steely, Florida (1984); Valerie McGovern, Kentucky (1989); Deena Drossin, Arkansas (1992) and Amy Yoder, Arkansas (1999).
· The Arkansas men are making their 42nd all-time appearance at the NCAA Cross Country Championships and first since 2010. The Razorbacks have claimed seven NCAA Men’s Cross Country national championships in their program’s history.
· The Georgia men are making their fourth all-time appearance at the NCAA Cross Country Championships and second consecutive. The Bulldogs’ highest-ever finish at the NCAA Championships is 25th, achieved in both 2003 and 2004.
· The Arkansas women are making their 25th all-time appearance at the NCAA Cross Country Championships and second consecutive. The Razorbacks will now have 20 NCAA Championship appearances in head coach Lance Harter’s 23-year tenure. Arkansas’ highest-ever finish at the NCAA Championships was second, on four occasions (1991, 1992, 1993, 1999).
· The Florida women are making their 12th all-time appearance at the NCAA Cross Country Championships and sixth in the last seven years. The Gators’ highest-ever finish of seventh came in 2009.
· The Georgia women are making their seventh all-time trip to the NCAA Championships and first since the 2007 campaign. The best-ever showing for the Bulldogs came in 1990, as Georgia finished ninth.
· The Vanderbilt women are making their second all-time NCAA Championship appearance after a sixth-place showing last season.
· The 2012 campaign marks just the second time in program history that both the Georgia men’s and women’s teams are appearing at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in the same year, joining the 2004 squads.
· Ole Miss senior Katie Breathitt, who qualified individually for the NCAA Cross Country Championships, becomes the first woman in Ole Miss cross country history ever to advance to the national meet.
· Tennessee sophomore Peter Okwera is the first Tennessee men’s runner to advance to the NCAA Championships since Michael Spooner in 2010.
· Kentucky women’s runners Cally Macumber, the 2012 SEC Champion, and Chelsea Oswald will be the first Wildcats to compete in the NCAA Cross Country Championships since Kentucky qualified as a team in 2008. They are the first individual qualifiers for the Wildcats since Allison Grace in 2005.
· Missouri’s Max Storms becomes the first Tiger male to qualify individually for the NCAA Cross Country Championships since Garett Jeffries did so in 2008.
Men’s Participating Teams
Women’s Participating Teams
William & Mary
SEC Men’s Individual Qualifiers
Jimmy Clark, Florida
James Hodges, Texas A&M
Henry Lelei, Texas A&M
Peter Okwera, Tennessee
Luis Orta, Kentucky
Mark Parrish, Florida
Max Storms, Missouri
SEC Women’s Individual Qualifiers
Katie Breathitt, Ole Miss
Cally Macumber, Kentucky
Chelsea Oswald, Kentucky