Arkansas races to runner-up finish in NYC meet

NEW YORK — No. 5 Arkansas posted its second consecutive top-two team finish of 2017, finishing as the Iona Meet of Champions runner-ups with a final score of 48 points.

Arkansas raced past meet host No. 9 Iona but came up 21 points short in its efforts against another native New York foe in Columbia.

First Five
The Razorbacks were led by senior Alex George and junior Cameron Griffith who placed seventh and eighth, respectively. Western State transfer Preston Cates also posted a top-10 finish off a season best 8K time of 26 minutes, 5.50 seconds.

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Arkansas’ top five was completed by Ethan Moehn and Carter Persyn, both of whom finished among the top-15 best runners of the day.

Up Next
Following two week break from action head coach Chris Bucknam’s crew will return to competition on their home course of Agri Park at the 29th annual Chile Pepper Festival Saturday, September 30.

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Arkansas Results (Overall)
7. Alex George – 25:56.50
8. Cameron Griffith – 25.56.90
10. Preston Cates – 26:05.50
13. Ethan Moehn – 26:21.70
15. Carter Persyn – 26:33.30
19. Kyle Levermore – 26:45.30
31. Graham Brown – 27:27.40

2017 Cross Country Schedule
Fri, Sept. 1 – Cowboy Preview (Stillwater, Okla.) 1st of 4
Fri, Sept. 15 – Iona College Meet of Champions (New York, N.Y.) 2nd of 11
Sat, Sept. 30 – Chile Pepper Festival (Agri Park)
Sat, Oct. 14 – Pre-Nationals (Louisville, Ky.)
Fri, Oct. 27 – SEC Championship (Athens, Ga.)
Fri, Nov. 10 – NCAA South Central Regional (College Station, Texas)
Sat, Nov. 18 – NCAA Championship (Louisville, Ky.)

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*italicized meet denotes completion.