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Arkansas predicted to win SEC Cross Country titles

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (September 15, 2020) - The Arkansas men's and women's cross country teams have been predicted to claim the 2020 Southeastern Conference Cross Country Championships, as decided by a vote of the league's head coaches. The SEC on Tuesday released its 2020 SEC Cross Country Preseason Coaches' Poll.

Points for the men's poll were awarded on a 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11 basis, while the women's poll was awarded on a 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13 basis. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own teams.

The Arkansas men garnered nine first place votes. The Razorbacks finished third in the SEC Championship a year ago, while Ole Miss has won the last two SEC men's cross country titles.

The Arkansas women, who have won seven consecutive SEC Cross Country Championships, received 13 first place votes. The Razorbacks won the NCAA title a year ago.

All 14 SEC schools are scheduled to begin the cross country season this week with meets on four different SEC campuses. The 2020 SEC Cross Country Championships are slated to take place Friday, Oct. 30 in Baton Rouge, La.

2020 SEC Cross Country Coaches' Preseason Poll
(parentheses indicate first-place votes)

Men's Cross Country
Rank Team Points
1 Arkansas (9) 13
2 Ole Miss (3) 20
3 Alabama 37
4 Missouri 50
5 Texas A&M 51
6 Kentucky 52
7 Florida 71
8 Tennessee 79
9 LSU 94
10 Georgia 97
11 Vanderbilt 111
12 Auburn 117
Women's Cross Country
Rank Team Points
1 Arkansas (13) 13
2 Ole Miss (1) 31
3 Alabama 53
4 Missouri 58
T5 Florida 63
T5 Tennessee 63
7 Kentucky 88
8 Vanderbilt 96
9 Georgia 107
10 Texas A&M 118
11 Auburn 123
12 LSU 141
13 Mississippi State 154
14 South Carolina 166