aims for her fourth meet championships this year
Oct. 14, 2011
Chile Pepper Festival Meet Notes | Chile Pepper Festival Preview | 2011 Season Results
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TEXAS TECH HEADS TO CHILE PEPPER FESTIVAL
The Texas Tech men's and women's cross country squads will head to Fayetteville, Ark., for the 23rd Annual Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival held at the University of Arkansas. The course is a combination of grass, cinder and uneven terrain. The women will race is a 6K competition with a 10K meet set for the men's race.
Meet: 23rd Annual Chile Pepper Festival
Date: Saturay, October 15, 2011
Location: Fayetteville, Ark.
Host: University of Arkansas
Course: University of Arkansas XC Course
Men's Meet (10K): 9:45 a.m. (CT)
Women's Meet (6K): 10:30 a.m. (CT) Meet Results www.flashresults.com
Texas Tech Results: www.TexaTech.com
LADY RAIDERS LOOK FOR CONTINUED SUCCESS AT CHILE PEPPER FESTIVAL
The Lady Raiders have fond memories of the Chile Pepper Festival while winning three consecutive championships in 2007, 2008 and 2009. The women's most recent meet title in Fayetteville came in a 34-team field in 2009 as the Lady Raiders finished with runners claiming first, third, fourth, sixth, 21st, 22nd and 39th place. Although, only one Lady Raider on this year's team competed in 2009, as Purity Biwott finished in third place with a time of 20:52.89 in the 6K event.
MEN'S TEAM WILL RACE IN FIRST 10K MEET OF THE SEASON
The Red Raiders will take part in their first 10K meet of the year, but it will come at a good time as both the Mountain Regional Championships (Nov. 12) and NCAA Championships (Nov. 21) will be 10K meets. Last season Tech raced in one 10K race at the Mountain Regional Championships where senior Silas Kemboi was Tech's top finisher in 46th place with a time of 31:19.3.
TANUI LOOKS TO CONTINUE HER IMPRESSIVE RUN OF TITLES
Senior Rose Tanui has had a successful run during her two years at Texas Tech. The returning All-American has won seven meet championships since joining the Lady Raiders in 2010. So far this season the Kenya native is a perfect 3-for-3 with first-place finishes in all three of the meets she has competed. The Chile Pepper Festival will mark back-to-back 6K events for Tanui, who won the Grass Routes Run Festival in Austin (9/30) with a time of 21:13.4.
MURRAY AND LADY RAIDERS CONTINUE TREMENDOUS SUCCESS
Head cross country coach Jon Murray has led the Lady Raiders to two meet titles this year and to a total of 12 meet championships dating back to 2009. Overall, Murray has coached four individual runners who have captured a total of 13 meet championships since 2009. At the top of that list is current All-American Rose Tanui (7). The past three years the following Lady Raiders have won meet titles: Rose Tanui (7), Lillian Badaru (3), Gladys Kipsang (2), Sally Kipyego (1).
TEXAS TECH WOMEN'S TEAM RECEIVES VOTES IN MOST RECENT NATIONAL POLL
The Texas Tech women's program has become a household name in cross country. The Lady Raiders have won three consecutive Big 12 Championships and last year finished third place in the NCAA Championships - the program's highest finish ever. This week the Lady Raiders received 14 points in the poll. They are one of 11 programs in the nation to receive votes in this week's national poll. Here is a look at where the Lady Raiders have ranked this season:
NCAA DIVISION I NATIONAL COACHES' POLL
Preseason: No. 20
Week 1 (Sept. 13) No. 22
Week 2 (Sept. 20) No. 24
Week 3 (Sept. 27) No. 25
Week 4 (Oct. 4) RV
TANUI CLAIMS SECOND BIG 12 RUNNER OF THE WEEK HONOR
Texas Tech senior All-American Rose Tanui claimed her second Big 12 Runner of the Week award after winning the Grass Routes Festival in Austin on Sept. 30 with a winning time of 21:13.4, defeating teammate Caroline Jepleting by three seconds. The victory marks her third of the season and seventh of her career.
MEN'S TEAM FINISHES SECOND AT TEXAS TECH OPEN AMONG 11-TEAM FIELD
The Texas Tech Red Raiders finished second in a field of 11 teams its Texas Tech Open on Sept. 16. The Red Raiders were paced by four runners who all placed within the top 20 of the meet. Leading the team was junior Valentino Julien who crossed the finish line in 10th place with a time of 26:14.88, marking his best finish in an 8K meet since claiming sixth place at the Richard Clark Invitational last year.
TANUI CAPTURES FIRST CAREER BIG 12 RUNNER OF THE WEEK AWARD
Senior Rose Tanui received her first Big 12 Runner of the Week award after winning the first meet of the season at the Texas Tech Ruidoso Open with a time of 17:38.2. The win marked Tanui's fifth career and it was the second straight year she won the Ruidoso Open.
DEVLIN FINISHES SECOND IN CAREER DEBUT AT TTU RUIDOSO OPEN
Texas Tech sophomore Brendan Devlin made his cross country debut a memorable one in the first meet of the season while finishing second at the Texas Tech Ruidoso Open with a time of 22:12.3 on the four-mile course on Friday, Sept. 2. Devlin was one of six Red Raiders to finish in the 15 of the meet. He finished just ahead of Texas Tech junior Valentino Julien, who posted a time of 22:16.1, which marked his fastest career time at the meet.
FORMER LADY RAIDER SALLY KIPYEGO WINS SILVER MEDAL AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Former Texas Tech Lady Raider Sally Kipyego placed second in the 10,000M at the IAAF World Championships held in Daegu, South Korea. She becomes Texas Tech's first medal winner at a World Championship or Olympic event. While at Texas Tech, Kipyego won nine NCAA Championships and set the NCAA record in the 10,000M. Kipyego is the only female in NCAA history to win three consecutive individual cross country titles. She is only the second female in NCAA history to win nine individual NCAA Championships.
CROSS COUNTRY SQUADS FEATURE BALANCE BETWEEN RETURNERS AND NEWCOMERS
The Texas Tech men's and women's cross country teams will feature a mix of returning runners and newcomers this year. The women's team has six returning runners, including senior All-American Rose Tanui who finished in fifth place at the 2010 NCAA Championships. The men's team returns seven runners while six newcomers make up the 2011 roster.