Isabel van Camp leads Arkansas No. 9 to 9th place in Jamboree
STILLWATER, Oklahoma. –No. 9 Arkansas finished ninth in the Oklahoma State Jamboree on Saturday morning with a team score of 232 points. The Razorbacks, one of 13 nationally ranked teams in the competition, were managed by Isabel van Camp, who finished 10e among the elite peloton of 223 riders.
“It was a good experience for sure,” van Camp said. “It’s good to get back into the spirit of the race. It was also fun to go out and compete with the team. Coming together to compete for a common goal is a really cool feeling,
“It’s definitely a tough course, and I think it helps to stay mentally engaged. These hills are tough, but they keep you engaged. The downhill part to finish the race hurts, but you get that ‘oh my god’ feeling, it’s there.
Oklahoma State, tied for No. 3 nationally, won the team title with 70 points, finishing ahead of No. 22 Northern Arizona (88), No. 7 BYU (113), No. 3 Colorado ( 159) and No. 3. 5 Stanford (174).
The next group of five teamed schools included Syracuse (178), No. 27 Utah State (206), No. 6 Washington (223), No. 9 Arkansas (232) and No. 12 Michigan (235).
“In our situation, we’re starting the race without one of our main runners,” Arkansas women’s head coach Lance Harter noted. “That obviously has a big effect on the team totals. We’ve also had people racing for the first time this season. It’s a hell of a place to open up because it’s so demanding. .
A 1-2 finish for Oklahoma State allowed Natalie Cook to win the race in 20:17.1 over second-placed Taylor Roe in 20:20.8, while Utah Valley’s Everlyn Kemboi finished third in 20: 22.2.
Covering the 6,000m course in a time of 20:37.4, van Camp placed 10th with Kentucky’s Perri Bockrath finishing eighth in 20:33.6. Kentucky’s Tori Herman, 21st in 20:49.7, and Razorback Mia Cochran, 24th in 20:54.5, were the next pair of SEC runners.
“We’re really happy with Isabel’s finish,” Harter said. “Mia Cochran for a first race in her first year I think, ran absolutely fantastic. Sydney, coming out of mono and trying to put some things together, did a great job.
“It was Isabel’s first race and she was just getting started as she was in an intense training block. Finishing in the top 10 here individually on this monster course is a real plus for the things that remain to be done.
SEC schools in the competition included Kentucky, which finished 11th as a team with 259 points, while Ole Miss totaled 314 finishing 13th.
Third among the Arkansas crew was Sydney Thorvaldson with a 21:13.8 to rank 44th. Gracie Hyde took fourth for the Razorbacks, finishing 21:39.1 for 80th. Taylor Ewert rounded out the scoring for the Arkansas team, finishing 93rd in 21:46.0.
The team scoring spots for the Razorbacks went 10-23-43-70-78.
“So we had some great highlights including Gracie Hyde and Nyah Hernandez who had strong runs today,” added Harter. “I think we’re on the right path to where we want to be for the conference and the nationals.
“We need to have everyone healthy and together on any given day. We have the staff, we just have to line up and take advantage of the opportunities that come our way.
Nyah Hernandez led the next group of runners from Arkansas, covering the course in 21:56.0 (102nd), followed by Adoette Vaughan in 22:05.9 (109th), Mary Ellen Eudaly with a 22:08 .5 (113th), Heidi Nielson at 22:10.9 (115th) and Mackenzie Rogers with 22:39.1 (144th).
The Razorbacks were missing Katie McCune, who was dropped from the race, while her sister, Claire, competed alone and finished 96th with a time of 21:50.0.
Next week, Arkansas will race at home at the Chili Pepper Festival with collegiate races being held on Friday, September 30.