FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — In recognition of the standout season by all three aspects of the program, the University of Arkansas men’s cross country and track and field team has been named the 2012-13 John McDonnell Program of the Year.
Now in its fifth season, the award is given by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) to the most successful combined program during the academic year. The Razorbacks are the only team from the Southeastern Conference ranked within the top 10.
Arkansas was the only program in the country to finish in the top 10 of each NCAA Championships event. In the fall, the Razorbacks finished in 10th place at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Louisville, Ky. During its track and field campaign, Arkansas won the NCAA Indoor Championships team title in front of its home fans in Fayetteville and closed its season with a bronze finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore.
“To win this award with Coach McDonnell’s name on it really means a lot to this team,” head coach Chris Bucknam said. “This group of athletes has had a great year. I’m proud of them and the staff for the way they have prepared and competed all season. It’s a long year, starting back in August with the start of cross country and going into the summer with track and field. It’s a tribute to the team and staff to remain focused for that length of time and to be successful at the highest level.”
The team began its national championship season by running to a top-10 finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. In his first NCAA appearance with the Razorbacks, Kemoy Campbell registered an All-American effort with his 17th-place individual finish. Arkansas’ top-five scoring lineup consisted of Campbell, Solomon Haile, Eric Fernandez, Cale Wallace and Layne Nixon, respectively.