Tech Women Finish Fourth, Men in 19th at Chile Pepper Festival
Tanui notched her fourth top-three finish of the season
Oct. 15, 2011
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The Texas Tech women's cross country team finished in fourth place while the men's team grabbed 19th place at the 23rd Annual Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, Ark.
"I am really proud of the effort, both on the men's and women's side," head coach Jon Murray said. "With the men, we had several personal bests and they got a lot of great experience. On the women's side, our top three were dominant. They were the best three of any team out there. We had some great personal bests. We are going to just keep working hard to bring this group together for that Big 12 meet."
The women's meet had three Big 12 teams at the top of the leaderboard among the 35-team field that competed in the 6K race. Texas (85 points) won the meet while Arkansas (89) and Oklahoma State (123) were the only teams to finish ahead of the Lady Raiders who tallied 156 points.
The Lady Raiders were led by senior All-American Rose Tanui who finished third with a time of 20:19.0 and by senior Caroline Jepleting who crossed the finish line in seventh place with a time of 20:27.7. Texas Tech was the only women's program to have a pair of top-10 finishers.
"Rose had a very nice day against some really good competition," Murray said. "To have a runner in the top three of a competition like this is outstanding. The best runners in the nation were here."
The Lady Raiders also had a strong performance from senior Purity Biwott who captured 13th place with a time of 20:52.1.
Of the remaining women's runners junior Devin Bailey (22:11.1) grabbed 72nd place, junior Rachel Folan (22:12.4) took 74th place, sophomore Chelsea Scott placed 162nd (23:36.8) and Madeline Livergood finished 217th (24.49.3).
The men's race, a 32-team field, was won by Oklahoma State (25) and followed by Arkansas (78), Oklahoma (161), Utah State (178) and Weber State (179) to round out the top five in the 10K event.
Three Red Raiders all finished the race close together as sophomore Reid Strong (31:48.6) was the top finisher for Tech in 92nd place, followed by Valentino Julien (31:57.7) in 101st place while sophomore Brendan Devlin (32:03.6) crossed the finish line in 110th place.
The other Red Raiders who competed in the meet were freshman Payton Northrup (197th place - 34:16.4), senior Paul Julmeus (219th place - 34:44.0), freshman Ray Jordan (227th place - 34:52.6) and freshman Kory Mauritsen (241st place - 35:26.1).
Both teams will now shift their focus to the upcoming Big 12 Championships, scheduled for Oct. 29 in College Station, Texas. The Lady Raiders will be looking to add their fourth consecutive conference title after winning the event in 2008, 2009 and 2010. The women's meet will be a 6K event while the men's race will be an 8K race.