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Whiting Ready for National Championship
Shiloh Whiting        CEDER FALLS, IOWA - Sophomore Shiloh Whiting makes her second appearance at the NCAA Cross Country national championships on Monday morning when she competes as an individual for the University of Arkansas Lady Razorbacks.
        Whiting qualified for the championships as one of only two individuals that received at-large bids from the NCAA Cross Country committee. Her fifth-place performance at the South Central Regional was certainly the deciding factor for the committee who went through the results from each of the nine regions and picked the individuals whom they believed could make the most impact at the national championship meet.
        "I am very proud of Shiloh," Arkansas head women's cross country coach Lance Harter said. "She ran perhaps the best cross country race of her career at the regional meet and deserves to be here at the national championships."
        At the NCAA South Central Regional a week ago in Waco, Texas, Whiting completed the 6,000-meter course in a personal best time of 21 minutes, eight seconds to lead the Lady Razorbacks to a third-place team finish. As an individual, Whiting was just off her career best placing, fourth, but her finish was the best of her career in a large meet format.
        Expected to play a large factor in Monday's championship is the weather as the forecast calls for frigid temperatures and snow. Regardless of the conditions outside though, Whiting and the rest of the NCAA field are expected to toe the line for the meet.
        Whiting's appearance for the Lady Razorbacks is certainly one for the record books as it preserves Arkansas' string of consecutive national championship appearances to 26 dating all the way back to 1978. In the early years the women's cross country national championship was conducted by the AIAW, which was eventually dissolved for the NCAA in 1983. The Lady Razorbacks have never missed a NCAA cross country championship.
        Whiting and the rest of the field get to tackle not just the cross country course, but the weather as well at noon on Monday.

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