Arkansas finishes second, Campbell pulls ahead to captures top title
EARLYSVILLE, Va. – No. 22 Arkansas ran to a second-place finish Saturday morning at the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational. The Razorbacks were paced by race winner Kemoy Campbell. Behind three top-10 performances from Campbell, Eric Fernandez and Solomon Haile, Arkansas totaled 61 team points.
Making his debut in the Razorback lineup, Campbell pulled away late to capture the individual title with an 8K time of 24:04.7. He finished more than seven seconds ahead of the second-place runner. Fernandez was Arkansas’ second runner, crossing the finish in third place with a time of 24:19.4. The Razorbacks’ top three was rounded out by a fifth-place finish from Haile and his time of 24:24.1
As the team’s fourth runner, Layne Nixon ran to a time of 24:55.0 and finished in 24th place overall. Cale Wallace was the only underclassmen in Arkansas’ scoring lineup. The freshman was 28th overall and finished his first collegiate 8K with a time of 25:10.3.
“We had a productive day and learned a lot about our team,” head coach Chris Bucknam said. “Our top three were very good today. They ran within themselves and looked comfortable running up front. We also got good performances from our four and five spots with the senior Layne Nixon and freshman Cale Wallace. For this being his first real cross (country) race in two years, Solomon was very impressive.”
The remainder of the Razorbacks’ lineup included Raymond Joseph in 40th place at 25:41.6, Cameron Efurd in 51st place in 26:04.1, Drew Butler in 64th place in 26:41.1 and Anthony Lieghio in 71st place in 27:14.2.