Runners prepare for Chile Pepper Festival

Freshman Tanja Ivandic

Freshman Tanja Ivandic

Oct. 12, 2007

FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU cross country program will continue its cross country season on Saturday morning at the Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, Ark. Start time for the men's 10K race is set for 9:45 a.m., while the women's 6K will follow at 10:30 a.m. at Fayetteville's Agri Park.

"This is a huge meet with great competition for us to compete against," said distance coach Shawn Winget.

Some of the best Division I and II cross country teams in the nation will travel to Fayetteville this weekend. Overall, 37 different schools will compete on the men's side, while the women will run against 43 different schools.

Scouting TCU
The women's team comes into this weekend having finished 13th overall at the Cowboy Jamboree.

Leading the way for the Horned Frogs in Stillwater freshman Tanja Ivandic and Dani Selner. Ivandic ran ran 19:23.00 at Oklahoma State, while Selner crossed the finish line in a time of 19:27.00.

On the men's side, Festus Kigen continues to pace the Horned Frogs this fall after placing 10th overall at the Cowboy Jamboree. Kigen and senior Matt Manly, who placed 40th overall out of 108 competitors in Stillwater, have finished first and second, respectively in each of the Horned Frogs meets this fall.

Last Time Out (TCU Strong Showing In Stillwater)
The TCU women's and men's cross country teams finished 13th and 15th, respectively, in a competitive field at the Cowboy Jamboree held at the Oklahoma State Cross Country Course on Saturday.

Sophomore Festus Kigen paced both the men and women for TCU with a 10th-place finish in the men's 8K. Kigen, who was named Mountain West Conference Athlete of the Week last week, ran the course in 24:34, while senior Matt Manly again had a solid outing as he crossed the finish line in 26:06 to place 40th overall out of 108 competitors.

Host school Oklahoma State won the men's title with 69 points, while Abilene Christian placed second. Overall, 17 total squads competed on the men's side in Stillwater on Saturday.



Leading the pack for the Horned Frog women, who finished with 278 total points, was freshman Tanja Ivandic, who finished 31st in the women's 5K race with a time of 19:23. Dani Selner, a sophomore from Houston, followed by placing 36th overall with a time of 19:27. Pacing the next pack of Horned Frogs was Ashley Young, who finished 60th in a time of 19:59. Young was followed by Ashley Millerick (20:06) and Shannon Andrew (20:36), who both placed in the top-100 out of 154 runners, respectively.

Missouri State won the women's team title with 58 points. Tulsa (Okla.) followed with a runner-up performance on Saturday. Overall, 18 total teams competed on the women's side.

Coaches Speak
Following the Cowboy Jamboree, distance coach Shawn Winget spoke about his squad.

"I feel like we have to continue to get better and improve. It will help us to get this time off to heal and rest before competing at the Chile Pepper."

Follow The Horned Frogs
Fans not able to attend this week's meet in Fayettville, Ark., can follow the meet by logging onto Results will be posted following the men's and women's race.

The Right Combination
Sophomore Festus Kigen and freshman Tanja Ivandic have both had stellar cross country season's entering this weekend. Overall, Ivandic and Kigen have finished first overall on their respective sides in every meet this fall.

Kigen A First This Fall

Sophomore Festus Kigen was selected as the Mountain West Conference men's cross country athlete of the week two weeks ago.

Kigen received his first conference athlete of the week honor after finishing second overall at the Texas A&M Invitational held on Sept. 22, in College Station, Texas. The Eldoret, Kenya, native crossed the finish line in 24:15.

Kigen, who's time at Texas A&M was his fastest of the season, currently leads the MWC in the 6K category.

Manly Second In Command
Overall, senior Matt Manly has had a solid cross country season so far this fall. Manly, a Leander native, has finished right behind Festus Kigen in every meet this season. Manly's top-placing this fall is a sixth-place finish at UNT.

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