– For her performance last Saturday at the 24th Annual Chile Pepper Festival, Andrina Schlaepfer
has been named the Southeastern Conference Co-Freshman Runner of the Week as announced Tuesday by the league office. This marks her third selection of the season in as many races. Schlaepfer shared this week’s freshman accolades with Kayla Lampe of South Carolina.
“(Andrina) realizes fully that running cross country will be an added benefit for the indoor and outdoor seasons,” head coach Lance Harter
said. “She’s three-for-three now and is a very special athlete. There’s no doubt about that.”
In her first collegiate 6K race, Schlaepfer ran to a 10th-place individual finish at the Fayetteville annual event. She navigated the course at Agri Park in a time of 21:15.1 and helped the Razorbacks to their first Chile Pepper team title since the 2006 season. She was the top freshman performer in the race.
The Solothurn, Switzerland, native helped Arkansas finish ahead of No. 22 Oklahoma State, conference foe LSU and seven top-10 teams from the South Central region. Schlaepfer has been the No. 2 runner in the scoring lineup in each of her three races this season.
At the Chile Pepper Festival, the Razorbacks won the team title behind five top-20 individual finishes. In addition to Schlaepfer’s 10th-place run, Arkansas’ scoring lineup featured Semehar Tesfaye
in fifth place, Grace Heymsfield
in 12th place, Paige Johnston
in 17th place and Jessica Kamilos in 19th place. The trio of Tesfaye, Schlaepfer and Heymsfield has been atop the Razorbacks’ lineup in three races this season.
In the Oct. 16 release of the USTFCCCA national rankings, Arkansas dropped one spot to No. 12. The Razorbacks are the highest-ranked SEC team and are joined in this week’s rankings by No. 28 Vanderbilt and No. 30 Florida. Regionally, Arkansas remains the No. 1 team in the South Central poll.
The team begins its championship season Oct. 26 with the SEC Championships in Nashville, Tenn. The conference meet will be contested at Percy Warner Park with the women’s 6K event set for a 10 a.m. (CT) start. Arkansas will then play host to the 2012 NCAA South Central Regional Championships on Nov. 9. The 2012 collegiate season will conclude Nov. 17 with the NCAA Championships in Louisville, Ky.
For more information regarding Razorback cross country or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Fans can also keep up with Arkansas cross country and track and field with the team’s sport-specific RazorbackTF Facebook and Twitter pages.