Harriers Turn In Strong Effort At Chile Pepper
The TCU men's and women's cross country teams both turned in strong efforts at the annual Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival held at the Agri Park course in Fayetteville, Arkansas today. The TCU women, paced by a fourth place individual finish from Mary Kinyanjui, placed seventh among 31 schools, while the Horned Frog men posted a 26th place finish among 31 teams.
"I was extremely pleased with both teams today," said TCU cross country coach Patrick Cunniff. "It was a big step forward for both teams. For the women, Mary placed fourth overall, was the second Division I runner to finish and was the top finisher from our region. She set a personal record for a 6K and appears right on track for the conference and regional meets. Calandra Stewart and Halie Bullin also both ran great."
Kinyanjui, who missed the team's last meet with a minor calf injury, completed the 6K distance in 20:37.8 to place fourth overall. Stewart, a sophomore, was 16th with a time of 21:29.2, while Bullin, a freshman, was 31st, completing the course in 21:56.5.
SMU took the women's team title with 67 points, followed closely by Arkansas with 76. Wyoming (158) was third, ahead of Oklahoma (193), Conference USA foe UAB (214) and Virginia Tech (216) ahead of TCU's 248.
"On the men's side, everybody ran very well except (freshman) Matt Manly," said Cunniff. "Matt pulled out at about the five mile mark with a bad back. I was extremely happy with the race Alex Morris ran. He and Johnathan Bundren ran nice races today."
Morris was the Frogs' top finisher, completing the 10K course in 32:41.9 to place 114th overall. Bundren ranked 139th individually after turning in a time of 33:04.5.
Arkansas claimed the men's team title with 33 points, placing four runners among the top nine spots. A team of Arkansas alumni was second with 80 points, with Rice (183), Louisiana State (190) and Loyola (193) rounding out the top five. TCU netted 674 points to place 26th among the 31 schools.
"I think we are on right on track for the conference meet," Cunniff surmised. "We just need to keep everyone healthy so we can run our best race of the season at the conference meet."
The Conference USA Championships are scheduled for Chicago, Ill. on Saturday, October 30.
WOMEN'S TEAM RESULTS:
1. SMU 67; 2. Arkansas 76; 3. Wyoming 158; 4. Oklahoma 193; 5. UAB 214; 6. Virginia Tech 216; 7. TCU 248.
TCU WOMEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS:
MEN'S TEAM RESULTS:
1. Arkansas 33; 2. Arkansas Alumni 80; 3. Rice 183; 4. LSU 190; 5. Loyola 193; 26. TCU 674.
MEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS:
114. Alex Morris 32:41.9; 139. Johnathan Bundren 33:04.5; 162. Steven Lenney 33:35.0; 174. Brett McKnight 33:50.3; 185. Houston Bolin 34:02.0; 191. David Harris 34:23.1; 196. J.T. Reinert 34:27.3; 205. Steven Salazzo 34:58.4.