Ready for National Championship
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
"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
Whiting and the rest of the field get to tackle
not just the cross country course, but the weather as well at noon on