FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – No. 25 Arkansas Razorback men’s cross country will continue the 2009 season with a 10K race at the 21st annual Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival. The gun will go off at 9:45 a.m. Sat., Oct. 17 at the Razorback Cross Country Course at Agri Park.
Lane Boyer, Michael Chinchar, Cameron Efurd, Rick Elliott, Solomon Haile, Aaron Hamilton, Rio Reina, Patrick Russell and Dorian Ulrey are slated to compete for the Razorbacks this weekend.
Ulrey, a junior in cross country, will make his 2009 debut on Saturday. He has been held out of competition after getting a late start building his cross country training base. Ulrey was a member of Team USA at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin in August. During the 2009 track season, he earned four All-America honors, won three SEC individual titles and clocked some of the NCAA’s fastest times in the 1,500 meters, the mile, the 3,000 meters and as a member of the distance medley relay.
Also scheduled to compete in Fayetteville this weekend are Baylor, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, No. 23 Oklahoma, No. 4 Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas Tech, Virginia Tech and Wyoming, among others.
In the current edition of the USTFCCCA weekly rankings, the Razorbacks are listed at No. 1 in the South Central region and No. 25 in the national poll. The Razorbacks are one of two SEC teams listed, with Alabama ranked No. 3.
Success by the Razorback runners has been noticed by the Southeastern Conference. Solomon Haile was named the SEC Freshman Runner of the Week after his 17th-place finish at the Wisconsin Invitational in early October.
Haile and Boyer were recognized for their efforts after the Missouri Southern Stampede on Sept. 19. Haile again was recognized as the top frosh while Boyer earned SEC Runner of the Week honors.
For more information on the 2009 Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival, visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com or chilepepperfestival.org.
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