Earns Berth at Nationals
FAYETTEVILLE - Sophomore Shiloh Whiting received
bittersweet news from the NCAA Cross Country committee on Monday afternoon
when she was told that she would be competing at the 2003 national championships,
but only as an individual.
Whiting was given a chance to compete thanks
to her fifth-place finish at the NCAA South Central Regional on Saturday
morning. Running a career best 21:08 for 6,000 meters, Whiting led the
Lady Razorbacks to a third-place team finish at the regional meet, one
spot out of automatic qualifying. Whiting's time was an astonishing 23
second improvement from her previous best which she set a year ago at
the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind.
"I'm really proud of Shiloh," Arkansas head
women's cross country coach Lance Harter said. "Shiloh ran perhaps the
best race of her career at the regional and was really a bright spot for
us. I'm very proud of her and know that she'll do well at the national
The invitation by the NCAA cross country committee
to Whiting extends Arkansas' streak of consecutive meets attended to 26
dating all the way back to 1978 when former Lady'Back Jodi Rittenhouse
made Arkansas' first-ever appearance at the AIAW championships.
The NCAA Women's Cross Country Championship
is scheduled for Monday, November 24, at the University of Northern Iowa
in Cedar Falls, Iowa.