BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Southeastern Conference and Auburn University will serve as host of the 2018 SEC Cross Country Championships Friday at Indian Pines Golf Course in Auburn, Ala.
The women's 6K race is scheduled for a 9 a.m. CT start, while the men's 8K race will begin at 10 a.m. An awards ceremony will follow the race. Admission to the 2018 SEC Cross Championships is free and open to the public. This will mark the fourth time that Auburn will serve as host to the SEC Cross Country Championships and the first time since 2001.
Six SEC cross country teams are ranked among the nation's top-30 in the latest U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division I Cross Country National Coaches Poll. The Arkansas women are ranked fifth, while Georgia is No. 24 and Ole Miss is No. 26. The Arkansas and Ole Miss men are ranked Nos. 20 and 21, respectively, while Alabama is No. 30. The Florida women and Tennessee men are included among teams receiving votes.
Arkansas is the defending SEC men's and women's cross country champions. The Razorback men have won the last eight SEC crowns and 25 in the last 27 years. The Razorback women have won five consecutive SEC titles and 18 overall.
Arkansas' Taylor Werner is the top returning finisher from the 2017 SEC Championships where she placed second to Missouri's Karissa Schweizer. Alabama's Vincent Kiprop led a 1-2-3 finish for the Crimson Tide in the men's race last year.
This will be the second cross country meet held at Indian Pines Golf Course this season. The Auburn Invitational took place at Indian Pines in September.
A one-hour SEC Cross Country Championships highlight show will air Sunday, Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. ET on the SEC Network. Official results will be available at http://www.deltatiming.com/results.aspx.