Razorbacks Finish Second at Chile Pepper Invit
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas men’s cross county squad finished in second place by only three points at the Chile Pepper Invitational on Saturday at the Razorback Cross Country Course. The Razorbacks with 46 points finished behind perennial Division II power Abilene Christian, who scored 43 points.
This is the second time in the 2000 season that Abilene Christian has beaten the Razorbacks. Two weeks ago at the Cowboy Jamboree, the Wildcats broke a sixteen-meet winning streak for the Hogs.
“It is disappointing as a whole because we really thought that we could beat Abilene Christian at home,” UA head coach John McDonnell said. “Two years ago they beat us here and then we came back last year and beat them at the Chile Pepper. They are a good team. There are a few places that we can improve. All in all, maybe I am expecting too much from guys that are not quite there yet. When you get used to winning, you start to expect that. We have five or six weeks left before the nationals. We have conference first of all. That is in two weeks so we will have to get better.”
The Razorbacks were led by Sharif Karie who was the fourth place finisher overall (29:58). Scoring for the Hogs were Murray Link in seventh place (30:15), Ryan Travis in eighth place (30:17), Daniel Lincoln in ninth place (30:19) and Frans Schimper in 18th place (30:52). Also finishing for UA were Mark Thompson in 22nd (31:10) and Alan Dunleavy in 25th (31:15). James Karanu, who has led the Razorbacks in every meet this season, was unable to finish the race due to injury.
When asked were his team needed to improve, McDonnell said, “I think it goes all the way from Sharif back. Those guys ran good. I think Frans ran good. That was his first 10K (10 km race). Then all the guys that finished in front of him, they ran good but they are all capable of running better and I think they will. Sharif, Ryan Travis, Murray Link and Daniel Lincoln-those guys ran good, but they can run better and will run better. I am not worried about them.”
The Razorbacks will return to action on Oct. 30 when they seek to defend their Southeastern Conference crown at the SEC Championships in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Chile Pepper Invitational-Top 5 Teams
Oct. 14, 2000
1. Abilene Christian, 43
2. Arkansas, 46
3. Iona, 68
3. OSU, 68
5. California-Davis, 151
4. Sharif Karie, 29:58
7. Murray Link, 30:15
8. Ryan Travis, 30:17
9. Daniel Lincoln, 30:19
18. Frans Schimper, 30:52
* 22. Mark Thompson, 31:10
* 25 Alan Dunleavy, 31:15
(* did not score)
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