BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Sept. 29, 2021)-----Twelve Southeastern Conference cross country programs will be in action this weekend in six different locations. Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Kentucky, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt will travel to South Bend, Ind., for the annual Joe Piane Invitational, while Arkansas and Missouri will serve as hosts to a pair of cross country meets. The Razorbacks will be joined by LSU in the Chile Pepper Festival, while Missouri and Texas A&M will compete in the Gans Creek Classic on the course where the SEC Championships will be held later this season.
Elsewhere around the SEC this weekend, Mississippi State will run in the Live in Lou Cross Country Classic on Saturday, while South Carolina will compete in the Paul Short Run in Bethlehem, Pa., and Florida will have runners competing in the UCF Invitational.
In the Rankings
Six SEC teams were included in the national top-25 this week. Alabama and Arkansas are ranked Nos. 6 and 10 in the women's poll, while Ole Miss is No. 15. On the men's side, Arkansas is the highest-ranked men's squad at No. 8, while Alabama is 15th and Ole Miss is 18th.
Weekend in Review
The Arkansas men claimed the team title at the Coast-to-Coast Battle In Beantown last Friday. The Razorbacks were led by a 1-2 finish from Gilbert Boit and Amon Kemboi. Boit and Kemboi both clocked 24:07.4 on the 8,000m course at Franklin Park. The Arkansas women finished third in the Bill Dellinger Invitational as Lauren Gregory bettered the collegiate field over 6,000m with a time of 20 minutes, 6.9 seconds on Thursday.
The Tennessee women's country team placed three runners in the top-20 Friday at the 35th Roy Griak Invitational as they raced their way to a third-place finish overall. On the men's side, the Vols finished eighth at the Roy Griak.
Texas A&M's Eric Casarez claimed the men's 8k individual title setting a Dale Watts Cross Country Course record (23:04.00), while the Aggies' women's team won the overall team title Saturday morning at the Texas A&M Team Invitational.