Concludes Season at NCAA Championships
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - Sophomore Shiloh Whiting completed
the University of Arkansas Lady Razorback cross country season with a
solid finish at the NCAA Championships in Cedar Falls, Iowa on Monday
afternoon, finishing 163rd out of 252 competitors.
"I think that Shiloh was very courageous today,"
Arkansas head women's cross country coach Lance Harter said. "To get up
and fight for every place that you can is admirable. She told me after
the race that after she got up from the pile she just couldn't get her
legs going again."
Arkansas' lone entrant at the championship,
Whiting ran the 6,000-meter course in 21:40.6 for her overall placing,
not bad considering that she was caught in a massive pileup of runners
only 800 meters from the start of the competition. In the pileup, the
runners made their way into a swale when a runner fell down causing many
of the competitors behind her to tumble as well.
The Cedar Falls-Waterloo, Iowa, area was hit
by the same cold front that rolled into the Fayetteville area, dropping
temperatures to a frigid wind chill of -3 degrees. A storm also went through
the area on Sunday night leaving a dusting of snow over the course.
"There was really no difference in temperature
between today and Iowa State a few years ago," Harter said. "The only
change was that it was cloudy and snowing in Ames and it was dry and sunny
The conclusion of the NCAA Cross Country Championships
ends Arkansas' season and the team is looking toward the indoor track
campaign that begins in mid January with the Arkansas Quad.