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Posted: November 24, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Athletics: Arkansas Men's Cross Country - Ulrey Sixth At NCAA Cross Country

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- In his first NCAA Cross Country Championship, Arkansas Razorback junior Dorian Ulrey picked up a sixth-place finish in the season finale on Monday in Terre Haute, Ind.

No. 19 Arkansas Razorback men's cross country finished 26th in the team race with 535 points. Oklahoma State won the event with 127 points, Oregon was second with 143 points and Alabama rounded out the top three with 173 points.

"Obviously Dorian was our bright spot today," head coach Chris Bucknam said."He ran a smart race. Solomon Haile is disappointed he didn't finish higher but this was his first NCAA Championships and he'll learn from this experience. He has a bright future ahead of him."

“I know I can speak for our guys and we are disappointed," Bucknam said."We thought finishing in the top 20 was realistic. We improved from last year but we wanted to take a bigger step from last year to this year."

Ulrey earned a sixth-place finish with his 10,000-meter time of 29:37.9. He matched his 10K best from the Chile Pepper Festival and was the No. 2 SEC runner in the race. He earned his first cross country All-America honor and his fifth certificate of 2009.

"Today was a great way to start my NCAA cross country career," Ulrey said."I wish the team could have felt the way I felt today but rest assured that this team has a lot of promise and ability. We can learn from today's experience. I felt relaxed and got in a great rhythm early and it really paid off for me in the end."

Ulrey's finish is the highest for a Razorback since Peter Kosgei finished eighth in 2006. He is now the 49th student-athlete to earn the 90th All-America honor for Arkansas cross country.

Freshman Solomon Haile, in his NCAA Championships debut, finished 48th and crossed the finish line in a time of 30:27.8, just off his PR of 30:25. He was Arkansas' second runner and was the third freshman finisher overall.

Senior Rio Reina, also in his NCAA Championships debut, was Arkansas' third runner. He finished 197th with a 10K time of 31:55.3. Junior Lane Boyer was fourth for the Hogs and 198th overall. He finished with a time of 31:55.6. Sophomore Rick Elliott, also in his NCAA Championships debut, rounded out the Razorback scoring five in 200th place. He crossed the line in a time of 31:56.5.

Also competing for Arkansas were juniors Patrick Russell (215th, 32:22.7) and Michael Chinchar (219th, 32:26.7).

Women's Cross Concludes At NCAAs

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Junior Miranda Walker and freshman Alyssa Allison competed for Arkansas Razorback women's cross country as individuals at the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Monday.

Walker, in her third appearance at the NCAA, finished 124th. She clocked a 6,000-meter time of 21:27.8. Allison, in her NCAA Championships debut, finished 195th with her time of 22:02.8.

"It's very tough to run as individuals at the NCAA Championships," head coach Lance Harter said."Especially when they are used to running as a pack at every event. Miranda and Alyssa had very strong seasons, Miranda back from redshirting and Alyssa as a freshman. This was a great learning experience for them and will only help them in the future. After such strong cross country seasons, we are excited to see Miranda and Alyssa, and their teammates, take to the track for the indoor season."

Walker has been Arkansas' leader all season. She won races at the Arkansas Invitational and the Missouri Southern Stampede. She has not finished outside the top 21 in a race this season. She earned a 10th-place finish at the SEC and a ninth-place finish at the NCAA South Central Region Championships.

Allison has consistently been in Arkansas' scoring five in 2009. She has not finished outside the top 35 in a race this season and her best finish came as the runner-up at the 5K Missouri Southern Stampede. She finished 15th at the SEC Championships and fifth at the NCAA South Central Region Championships.

For complete results or more information, visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com or NCAA.com. The Razorbacks will start the indoor track season Jan. 8 with the Arkansas Invitational.


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