The Arkansas cross country teams competed in the 31st annual Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival at Agri Park on Saturday, Oct. 5. They competed against other Division-I schools like the University of Texas, Oklahoma State and more.
The No. 2 women’s cross country finished first place in the 5-kilometer race while posting a low score of 24 points. Senior Taylor Werner won first place overall in the meet while posting a course record time of 15:45.4. This is now the second-straight week that Werner has both won a meet and broken a course record.
Arkansas’ Katie Izzo, Devin Clark, Carina Viljoen and Abby Gray finished second, third, fourth and 17th overall in the meet. They posted times of 15:50.2, 16:13.0, 16:15.1 and 17:06.2, respectively.
Maddy Reed finished as the Razorbacks’ sixth and freshman Isabel Van Camp finished seventh. Overall, the duo finished 20th and 52nd place, respectively.
“Their performance was absolutely exceptional,” Arkansas coach Lance Harter said. “I think our opposition across the United States is anxiously awaiting the results.”
“We’ve got an arsenal right now led by Taylor Werner and Katie Izzo. That duo of running that fast is just absolutely exceptional.”
“The younger runners ran really well Saturday and exceeded personal bests like it’s going out of style,” Harter said.
The No. 25 men’s team finished fifth place in the meet while putting up 165 points. Junior Matt Young led the way for the Razorbacks as he posted a time of 23:51.2 in the 8-kilometer race while finishing fourth overall and second among qualifiers.
Arkansas’ Cameron Griffith and Gilbert Boit finished first and second respectively while posting times of 23:35.9 and 23:46.1.
The Razorbacks will be making a trip to the Wisconsin Nuttycombe Invite that will be held at the Zimmer Championship Course in Madison, Wisconsin, on Oct. 19.