Impressive effort places Arkansas third in pre-national invitational tournament

TALLAHASSEE, Florida – A strong performance from the Arkansas No. 8 men propelled the Razorbacks to third place at the Florida State Pre-National Invitational on Friday. The same site will host the NCAA Championships in November.

“We finished third against some really good schools and the kids did well,” said Arkansas men’s head coach Chris Bucknam. “They are feeling good right now, they are recovering well from the race, so it’s a good sign of our physical shape. There is more in the tank.

“The kids wanted to prove something today, that they’re a competitor, and I think they did. It was a good test for us, and we’ll just move on and get ready for the SEC championships. “

Arkansas totaled 128 points in the competition, which brought together a dozen nationally ranked teams, tying runner-up Colorado, who held a 3-2 lead in the tie-breaker among the top five runners. of each team.

Colorado No. 7 clinched the next positions (7-23-24-36-38) against Arkansas Order (10-16-27-31-44).

No. 1 Northern Arizona, the reigning national champions, won the tag team title out of a field of 40 schools with 64 points. BYU’s Conner Mantz won the individual title in 22: 47.0 while the No.5 Cougars were fourth on the team with 131 points with Notre Dame No.2 in fifth with 203 points.

Amon Kemboi, who finished 10e in total with a time of 23: 13.1 on the 8,000m course in Apalachee Regional Park.

“It was a great race, being third we earned it today and we should be ready when we come back for the national championships,” said Kemboi. “We should be able to improve this performance. I think we have him on our team to do it.

“The start was a little different than the race from Boston to here, we got out a lot faster and were in a better position. I felt I should have been more in the lead, but I was in a good position for most of the race. I felt like I had a good race today. When we come back, I’ll be ready for this 10k.

After Kemboi to compile the score of the Arkansas team, Gilbert Boit, who placed 16e in 23: 22.7; André Kibet, 27 years olde in 23: 28.0; Emmanuel Cheboson, 31 years oldst in 23: 29.9; and Myles Richter, 44e in 23: 47.3.

Jacob McLeod and Elias Schreml also raced for the Razorbacks, finishing sixth and seventh on the team. McLeod placed 47e (23: 49.6) while Schreml finished 108e (24: 18.3) debuting in an Arkansas uniform among a field of 304 runners.

“All of our guys have done an exceptional job of being individually,” Bucknam said. “Myles, Andrew and Emmanuel have all made huge strides from last year to this year.

“Overall, we might have come out too hot at the start. They are confident and want to run fast, but I thought maybe we needed to temper that a bit. I know we’re getting really fit so we don’t have to charge up and hope to hang in there. It all depends on what the terrain decides to do, and you have to follow the terrain. “

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Teams: 1. Northern Arizona 64, 2. Colorado 128, 3. Arkansas 128, 4. BYU 131, 5. Notre Dame 203, 6. Texas 233, 7. Princeton 271, 8. Florida State 281, 9. Alabama 325, 10. Georgetown 331. 11. Mississippi 349, 12. Montana State 364, 13. Duke 367, 14. California Baptist 376, 15. Wake Forest 401.

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