(Photo Courtesy: Robert Black)
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (Univ. of Ark.) - Sophomore Dominique Scott earns her first All-American honor as the No. 3 University of Arkansas women's cross country team finished in 15th place on a below-freezing Saturday afternoon in Terre Haute, Ind.
Scott finished in 28th place to earn her All-American honor with a time of 20:38.9 after falling during the race and putting in an astonishing effort down the back stretch to finish in the top 40. Senior Stephanie Brown was the next Razorback across the line in 82nd place to finish her cross country career with a time of 21:12.0.
"I am honestly just so excited for all of the work this season and to finish out the season with a bang and I'm really excited that it came together for me but I'm upset that we couldn't do it as a team," Scott said. "Today was a complete mental race, every step was very, very tough with the mud underneath our feet. Today was just about keeping it together mentally and digging deep."
Juniors Grace Heymsfield and Diane Robison crossed next for Arkansas in 102nd and 116th place, respectively. Heymsfield clocked a time of 21:20.1 in the middle of a giant pack of runners followed closely by Robison with a time of 21:25.3.
Freshman Sandie Raines finished as the Razorbacks fifth runner in the scoring lineup for the sixth time this season at 131st place with a time of 21:31.1.
"I think the conditions definitely did not appeal to our team, but you try to simulate the conditions as best as you can but this was beyond simulation, but we are elated to have an All-American and this is a solid step forward for the future," head coach Lance Harter said.
"I am really proud of Dominique and Sandie they both did a fantastic job. Dominique fell in the race and then came back at the end of the race to beat a lot of people was awesome. Sandie did an unbelievable job as a freshman to come in especially on a team like ours. We had some people that had a tough day and she came in and had a really good race for us."
The Razorbacks scored 340 points for the race to give them 15th place for the meet.
Junior Shannon Klenke was the next Razorback to finish out of the scoring lineup in 165th place and a time of 21:46.5. Paige Johnston finished the Razorbacks season in the mud and ice with a time of 22:23.5 to finish in 228th place.
The Razorbacks finish the 2013 campaign as the NCAA South Central Region and Southeastern Conference Champions.