2017 Men's Cross Country Preview

2017 Men's Cross Country Preview

University of the Ozarks Head Cross Country Coach Jeremy Provence has high expectations for the 2017 season thanks to one of the most talented incoming crop of runners in program history. Ozarks will open the season hosting the Arkansas D-III Championships against Hendrix College September 1.
Key Returners:
Jonathon Wood (Soph.), Kole Smith (Sr.)

Newcomers: Daniel Cloud (Fr.), Dakota Fritts (Fr.), Luis Garcia (Fr.), Michael Harris (Soph.), Dakota Hurt (Fr.), Jacob Johnson (Fr.), Blair Martinson (Fr.), Jaeden Miller (Fr.), Nathaneal Rankin (Fr.), Edwin Rivera (Fr.), Juan Sanchez (Fr.), Brandon Watkins (Fr.), Rhett Williamson (Fr.)                                                                

Fastest 8K time in 2016: 29:28.3 (Jonathon Wood at U of O Invitational)

Highest Team Finish:
2nd (Arkansas D-III Championships)

Coach Provence Quote:
"We have a lot of potential, but we have a lot of work to do. We haven't accomplished anything yet. They need to keep taking care of business. Michael has stood out. He has a year of collegiate running under his belt. Jonathon has improved and had a strong spring while putting in the work over the summer. Overall, we have good depth".

2016 Post-Season: NCAA III Regionals, American Southwest Conference Championships

2016 ASC Championship Finish: 6th of 10

2016 NCAA III Participant: Jonathon Wood

2016 ASC Runner of the Week: Jonathon Wood (once)

2017 Schedule
1 - Arkansas D-III Championships @ 7:00 p.m.
9 - at UCA Cross Country Challenge @ 9:30 a.m.
16 - at Rhodes College Invitational @ 9:00 a.m.
30 - at Chile Pepper Festival @ 9:30 a.m.

7 - University of the Ozarks Invitational @ 9:40 a.m.
14 - at Little Rock Invitational (Rebsamen Golf Course) @ 10:45 a.m.
28 - at American Southwest Conference Championships (Concordia University Texas) @ 8:15 a.m.

11 - at NCAA III South/Southeast Regional (Newport News, Va.)  @ 10:00 a.m.
18 - at NCAA III Championship (Elsah, Ill.) @ 10:00 p.m.