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Red Raiders Run in Final Meet Before Conference Championships

Asia Diaz will be one of the Red Raiders making the trip.
Asia Diaz will be one of the Red Raiders making the trip.

Oct. 12, 2006

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech cross country squads will make their way to Fayetteville, Ark., for the 18th annual Chile Pepper Festival on Saturday, October 14. The men's team will race first with the 10K race set for 9:45 a.m. The No. 28-ranked Red Raider women's team will be featured in the 10:30 a.m. 6K race.

Tech will face their toughest competition of the year as some of the nation's best teams will be traveling to Arkansas. On the men's side, the host Arkansas comes in as the No. 2 team, with UTEP at No. 11 and Alabama No. 17. For the women, six squads are listed on the nation poll. No. 4 Arkansas will be the team to beat, with No. 15 Oklahoma State, No. 19 Baylor, No. 20 Duke and No. 30 Virginia Tech also in the poll with the Red Raiders.

Last year, Tech made the trip to Fayetteville for the Chile Pepper and returned home with a seventh-place finish for the women and 10th for the men. Irene Kimaiyo took third place with a time of 20:41.2 in the 6K. Kevin Chelimo led the men's team with a seventh-place time of 28:55.3 in the 10K.

Competing for the women in this year's edition will be Violet Chemakwila, Michlene Daniels, Asia Diaz, Michelle Edman, Molly Evans, Gladys Kipsang, Kimaiyo, Sally Kipsang and Jessica Stovall.

On the men's side, ten Red Raiders will make the trip to compete in Fayetteville. Eric Ayala, Chelimo, Aaron Greer, Cory Higgins, Silas Kemboi, John Means, Zachery Quinones, Edwin Sang, Jake Szot and Pedro Vargas will all compete in the 10K.

For complete results of the 18th annual Chile Pepper Festival, you may visit For a review of the Red Raiders results, a recap can be found at



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