FAYETTEVILLE – The No. 6 University of Arkansas men’s cross country team raced to a third-place finish Saturday morning at the 22nd Annual Chile Pepper Festival at Agri Park in Fayetteville. Senior Dorian Ulrey paced the team with an eighth-place overall finish. The Razorbacks finished the race with a team score of 74 points, just one behind second-place Indiana, the seventh-ranked team in the nation.
All five of Arkansas’ point scorers finished inside the top 25 but the team suffered a setback when sophomore Solomon Haile was forced to drop out of the race around the four-mile mark. Oklahoma State, No. 2 in the current national rankings, captured the team title with 22 points.
"We ran into a buzz saw today with Oklahoma State," head coach Chris Bucknam said. "Individually, we had some strong performances today but expected to challenge a bit more for that top team spot. It certainly didn’t help us to have Solomon have to leave the race but that happens sometimes and it’s something we can grow from as a team."
Running his second race of the season, Ulrey navigated the 10K course in a time of 29:33.65 to lead the Razorbacks’ lineup. With Saturday’s performance, Ulrey has placed inside the top eight in all six of his career races in Cardinal and White. He was followed by senior Lane Boyer who clocked in at 29:42.73 and picked up a 12th-place overall finish. Arkansas’ third finisher was sophomore Eric Fernandez. He finished 18th overall in a time of 30:02.22.
The remaining two in the Razorbacks’ top five included senior Michael Chinchar and junior Dey Tuach. Chinchar turned in a time of 30:04.13 for a placing of 21st overall. Tuach rounded out the top-five lineup with a 24th-place overall finish, crossing the line at 30:13.87.
Freshman Bryan Cantero was the team’s next finisher with a 29th-place overall result in a time of 30:25.56. Junior Rick Elliott crossed right behind his teammate with a clocking of 30:27.57, good for 30th place. Arkansas’ top-50 finishes concluded with sophomores Cameron Efurd and Michael Golden. Efurd was 44th overall in a time of 30:38.87 and Golden was 47th overall in a time of 30:47.07.
The rest of the Razorbacks’ crew of runners included junior Duncan Phillips (74th overall, 31:18.62), sophomore Aaron Hamilton (80th, 31:24.16) and freshman Omar Abdi (134th, 32:11.27).
A total of 463 runners finished the collegiate men’s race Saturday. Arkansas will take the next two weeks to prepare of its next race, the 2010 Southeastern Conference Championship meet. The 8K event will be held Nov. 1 in Columbia, S.C., on Hilton Field at Fort Jackson. Log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com for more information about Razorback cross country.
Download: 2010 Chile Pepper Results_Team (men).pdf