No. 11 Razorbacks take on NCAA Championships
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Univ. of Ark.) - The No. 10 University of Arkansas men's cross country team caps its 2013 season Saturday afternoon at the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. The men's 10K race is scheduled for an 11 a.m. (CT) start at the Lavern Gibson Championship Course at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center. The Razorbacks enter the national event with title runs at the NCAA South Central Regional and Southeastern Conference Championship meets.
All-Americans Kemoy Campbell and Solomon Haile have finished in the top seven of every race this season. Junior Stanley Kebenei will also look to be in the lead pack after winning four of the Razorbacks seven races this season including the NCAA South Central Regional in a photo-finish last weekend.
Campbell has taken the win in the other three races for the Razorbacks including the SEC Championships while being named the SEC and NCAA Couth Central Region Runner and Athlete of the Year, respectively. Campbell will be in the hunt to claim the Razorbacks fourth NCAA individual title to join the ranks of Joe Falcon in 1987 and Godfrey Siamusiye in 1995 and 1996.
"The culture of our team this year has been winning races," head coach Chris Bucknam said. "Winning the two big meets in the NCAA Regional and the SEC Championships can do nothing but help us. The guys are in good spirits. We are looking forward to compete in what I believe to be the toughest race in track and field and cross country and that is the NCAA Cross Country Championships."
Haile has raced in the last four meet this season and has been the Razorbacks third scorer for three of those meets. Sophomore Gabe Gonzalez has been in the Razorbacks scoring lineup for all seven meets and will try to continue that pace after earning All-Region and SEC Second-Team honors this season.
The Razorbacks will also feature All-Region runner David Flynn, last year's SEC Freshman of the Year in Cale Wallace, Patrick Rono and Raymond Joseph.
After leading the Razorbacks to their 33rd NCAA Regional title and 21st SEC title, Bucknam was named the USTFCCCA South Central Region and SEC Coach of the Year. Bucknam will now lead the team in an attempt to claim the program's 12th NCAA Cross Country Championship and 42nd overall title in cross country and track and field.