2018 Men's Cross Country Preview

Michael Harris finished second at the ASC Championships in 2017.
Michael Harris finished second at the ASC Championships in 2017.

The Eagles are under the direction of new head coach Heidi Pinkerton. Pinkerton inherits a team full of sophomores, including a pair of runners who finished No. 1 and No. 2 at the conference championships. The team is made up of nine sophomores, two juniors and four freshmen. Sophomore Nathan Rankin won the 8K conference championship last season with a time of 26:41.6 and was named ASC Freshman of the Year. Freshman Michael Harris finished second overall with a time of 26:47.6 and was named ASC Newcomer of the Year. As a team, the Eagles finished fifth overall at the conference championships. The Eagles had three top-3 finishes during the 2017 season.

Dakota Fritts (So.), Luis Garcia (So.), Michael Harris (So.), Jaeden Miller (So.), Nathan Rankin (So.), Edwin Rivera (So.), Juan Sanchez (So.), Chandler Stewart (So.), Rhett Williamson (So.), Tyler O'Banion (Jr.), Jonathon Wood (Jr.)                                                                             

Newcomers: Misael Perez (Fr.), Petron Brown (Fr.),  Simon Khouri (Fr.), Aaron Brown (Fr.)

Fastest 8K time in 2017: 25:25.0 (Nathan Rankin at NCAA III Regional)

Individual Championships in 2017: 
Michael Harris (Arkansas D-III Championships), Michael Harris (U of O Invitational), Nathan Rankin (ASC Championships)

Highest Team Finish in 2017:
1st (Arkansas D-III Championships)

Coach Pinkerton Quote:
"The men's team is young. They work hard together and push each other. There is good competition within the team that will drive them forward. I think this sophomore group will really step it up this season. We want to do better as a team at our conference championships. Our goal is to do well at our conference and regional races and then hopefully qualify for nationals."

2017 Post-Season: NCAA III Regionals, American Southwest Conference Championships

2017 NCAA III Regional Finish: 23rd of 32

2017 ASC Championship Finish: 5th of 10

2017 NCAA III Regional Participants: Nathan Rankin, Michael Harris, Jaeden Miller, Juan Sanchez, Dakota Fritts, Luis Garcia

2017 Conference Awards: Nathan Rankin (ASC Freshman of the Year, All-Conference First Team), Michael Harris (ASC Newcomer of the Year, All-Conference First Team)

2017 National Awards: Nathan Rankin (All-Region), Nathan Rankin (USTFCCCA All-Academic Team)

2017 ASC Runner of the Week: Michael Harris (4 times)

2018 Schedule

31 - Arkansas D-III Championships                                   

8 - at UCA Cross Country Challenge                   
22 - at Chile Pepper Festival                                  

6 - University of the Ozarks Invitational                               
13 - at Little Rock Invitational                                
27 - at ASC Championships                                                                           

10 - at NCAA III South/Southeast Regional                                                                 
17 - at NCAA III National Championships