Razorbacks Finish Strong at Chile Pepper Invit
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Razorbacks were able to capture another first place team finish for the season in a field of 24 teams at the Chile Pepper Invitational at the Razorback Cross Country Course in Fayetteville, Ark., despite a light rain Saturday morning. Arkansas tallied 48 points, while Abilene Christian was close behind with 61 and Southeastern Conference rival Alabama earned 117.
“Alistair ran a pretty good time for this time of the year and we haven’t really done all of the heavy duty training we’re going to do later,” Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said. “(Daniel) Lincoln ran a 29:25, that’s very good too. The thing you have to judge by is (David) Kimani; he’s the best in the country. You’re not running against second-rate guys here. Those guys from Abilene Christian are top notch. We’re running against great competition and the guys handled it really good, so that’s what matters.”
Six Razorbacks finished in the top 20 at the 10,000-meter race. Junior All-American Alistair Cragg came in a close second with a career-best time of 28.46, while Alabama’s David Kimani took the tape with a time of 28:42.
Junior All-American Daniel Lincoln also turned in a career-best time of 29:25 when he came in sixth. Junior All-American Silverus Kimeli ran a time of 29:59 to finish 11th, sophomore All-American Jason Sandfort came in 13th (30:14) and juniors Chris Mulvaney and Westley Alkin finished 16th (30:26) and 18th (30:27.07) with career-best times, respectively. Rounding out the UA representation was freshman Luis Bordes who turned in a time of 31:25.
The Hogs will now begin preparing for the SEC Cross Country Championships in Gainesville, Fla., on November 4. They will be vying for their 12th straight SEC title since joining the conference and their 29th consecutive league crown. The South Central Regional Championships in Waco, Texas on November 16, will be next on the Arkansas schedule, with the NCAA Championships following on November 19, in Terre Haute, Ind.
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