FAYETTEVILLE The Arkansas men’s cross country team has been picked by Southeastern Conference coaches to place second in the SEC this year, an unusual ranking for a school accustomed to winning the title.
Arkansas has won the SEC cross country title 17 years in a row. The last time a team other than Arkansas claimed the men’s title was 1990, when Tennessee earned the honor.
This season will be the first without coach John McDonnell, who has retired after leading the Razorbacks to 42 national titles in track and field and cross country. Chris Bucknam, from Northern Iowa, was hired to replace him.
Alabama was selected to win the championship. That would be a first for the Crimson Tide since 1973. Auburn was picked third, followed by Florida and Tennessee. [read more]