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Harter Leads U.S. Teams to Pair of Top 10s
        FAYETTEVILLE - University of Arkansas head track and cross country coach Lance Harter led Team USA at the 32nd Annual IAAF World Cross Country Championships with one goal in mind: finish among the top 10. Harter and America's team fulfilled its goal with fifth and seventh-place finishes at the championship.
        Knowing that he didn't have a full compliment of weapons as the event began thanks to bone-chilling temperatures at the USA Championships and the thought of the Olympics on the horizon, Harter believed that a pair of top 10 finishes in both the long and short course races would be a great achievement for his group of young distance runners. To his surprise, Team USA was up to the challenge as they finished fifth in the long race and seventh on the short course to return the United States to its spot among the world's elite. In 2003, the U.S. finished 13th in the 4,000-meter race.
        "It is always an honor to serve your country in any capacity," Harter said. "As a team, I think we ran very well this weekend. This is a chance to look at what might happen at the Olympics and to see the U.S. runners performing well here is very encouraging for what's to come in Athens."
        Former Lady Razorback Christin Wurth-Thomas competed in her first international event at the meet, running in the shorter, 4K competition. The seventh-place finisher at the U.S. Championships in mid-February, Wurth-Thomas improved significantly among her American counterparts, finishing third for the U.S. and 43rd overall. Wurth-Thomas was one of the key factors in Team USA's improvement at the shorter race.
        "Christin has always been a competitor," Harter said. "I knew that she would be just fine when she stepped up against this type of competition. Her goals now are to train and prepare for the US Championships and try to make the Olympic team."

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