HU men’s places sixth at Chile Pepper

FAYETTEVILLE — The Harding men’s cross country team, ranked 10th in the NCAA Division II Central Region, placed sixth of 21 teams in the College Division of the 25th Annual Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival. The race was run in an early morning downpour.

The College Division included all non-NCAA Division I teams.

Harding finished with 197 points and placed ahead of the three other Great American Conference teams in the race—East Central, Southern Arkansas, and Southern Nazarene.

Senior Andrew Evans was Harding’s top finisher for the third straight race this season. He placed 47th overall and 13th among College Division runners, finishing the 8k race in 25:44.2.

Augustana (S.D.) won the team competition with 55 points, followed by West Texas A&M (80), Missouri Southern (112), New Mexico Highlands (162), and Iowa Central Community College (169). Northwest Missouri State, who entered the race ranked No. 9 in the Central Region, placed behind Harding in eighth.

Harding is not scheduled to compete again until the GAC Championships on Oct. 26 in Russellville.

Golden Suns compete at Chile Pepper

FAYETTEVILLE — The Arkansas Tech Golden Suns cross country team competed at the Chile Pepper Festival on October 5 and finished 17th in a field of 24 teams with a team score of 472 points.

The Golden Suns were led by Cheryl Nolan who placed 75th out of 318 runners. Nolan finished the 5k course with a time of 19:11.

Arkansas Tech’s next meet is the Jackling Jocks Invitational in Rolla, Mo., on Oct. 12 at 9 a.m.

HU women’s places sixth

FAYETTEVILLE — The Harding women’s cross country team placed sixth of 24 teams in the College Division on Saturday at the rain-soaked 25th Annual Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival.

The College Division included all non-NCAA Division I teams.

Harding finished with 180 points and placed ahead of the six other Great American Conference teams in the race.

Junior Ewa Zaborowska was Harding’s top finisher for the third straight race this season. She placed 35th overall and fifth among College Division runners, finishing the 5k race in 18 minutes, 21.5 seconds.

Augustana (S.D.) won the team competition with 59 points, followed by West Texas A&M (73), Tarleton State (128), Dallas Baptist (160), and Iowa Central Community College (163). Missouri Southern State, who entered the race ranked No. 5 in the NCAA Division II Central Region, placed behind Harding in eighth.

Harding is not scheduled to compete again until the GAC Championships on Oct. 26 in Russellville.

A-State teams post Top 10 performances

LOUISVILLE — The Arkansas State University women’s and men’s cross country teams raced in the 12th annual Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic Saturday and both teams came away with Top 10 performances on the E.P. ‘Tom’ Sawyer State Park course in Louisville, Ky.

The A-State women’s team recorded 228 to claim eighth place in the 20-team NCAA Division I Gold Division 5K race. On the men’s side, the Red Wolves finished third of 10 NCAA-I participants in the 8K Blue Division race and compiled 95 team points.

Leading the way for A-State was junior Kristina Aubert, who ran a 17:09.33 time to earn third-place honors. A-State came into the meet presently ranked 12th in the NCAA-I South Central Region by the United States Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

The A-State men’s team was paced by junior Luke Lindsley and sophomore Lance Beckman. Lindsley was the first Red Wolves’ runner to cross the finish line with a 26th-place 26:19.47 time and established a new personal course mark by over 35 seconds. Beckman captured 31st place as a result of a 26:22.56 time.

Arkansas State is idle for a week before returning to action Saturday, Oct. 19., The women will have a split squad with selected individuals competing in the Indiana State Pre-Nationals Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind., while others will run at the UALR Invitational in Little Rock. The men’s squad is slated to participate in the UALR Invite.

Cassar fifth at Chile Pepper, UCA ties for third

FAYETTEVILLE — Freshman Brooke Cassar finished fifth overall at the prestigious Arkansas Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival on Saturday, leading the University of Central Arkansas women’s team to a third-place tie in the 15-team University division.

The UCA men, led by junior Jonathan Burgess’ 41st-place finish, came in eighth out of 14 NCAA Division I squads.

Cassar, from Woonona, New South Wales, Australia, turned in a time of 17:14.4 over the 5K course, trailing only four University of Arkansas runners. Senior Erika Setzler finished ninth in 17:29.5, as she and Cassar were the only non-Arkansas runners to finish in the Top 10.

Arkansas won, followed by Loyola Marymount, Texas Tech and UCA, NOrth Texas, Southern Miss, Oklahoma, Baylor, LSU, ORal Roberts, Missouri State, TCU, UALR, Louisiana Monroe and New Orleans.

On the men’s side, Burgess, from Queensland, Australia, finished in 26:06.1 over the 8K course.

Arkansas also won the men’s race, followed by Villanova, Texas Tech, North Texas, LMU, Baylor, UALR, UCA, Louisiana Monroe, Louisiana Tech, LSU, Oral Roberts, TCU and New Orleans.