Razorbacks eager to race home at Chile Pepper Festival


FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas No.10 will compete at 5 p.m. Friday in the 33rd Annual Chilean Pepper Festival on a 5,000 m course in Agri Park. A 79-team field is slated to compete amid a pair of races with 12 nationally ranked programs involved among Division I, Division II and NJCAA schools.

“Our kids have always loved running at home,” said Arkansas women’s head coach Lance Harter. “The Chili Pepper Festival continues to surprise me. We have 79 teams on the women’s side only in the university race. We will run on Friday with two races, with us in the next race. The competition will feature very good people and good strong teams.

“The whole tactical plan was to make sure we were challenged. Hopefully that comes to pass on Friday when some of our development runners see what that level of competition is, then some of our lead runners get a chance to be up front and dictate tactics.

A free live stream of the races will be available on runnerspace.com at the following link: Chile Pepper Festival. Live results are available through this flashresults.com link: Chilean Pepper Results.

In addition to the Razorbacks, the other nationally ranked Division I school is Oklahoma State # 14. Nationally ranked Division II programs include 2nd Colorado School of Mines, 4th Augustana (South Dakota), the 6th Southwest Baptist, and the 27th Western Colorado.

Among the junior colleges registered, the No.2 from Iowa Western is part of the peloton for the 5pm race. Other nationally ranked junior colleges in the first race, starting at 3:45 p.m., include Cloud County # 9, Ranger # 10, Butler # 18, # 20 Coffeyville, and # 24 Hastings.

Among the Razorbacks scheduled to run on Friday, the crew will include Krissy Gear, Logan Morris, Julia Paternain, Carmie Prinsloo and Gracie Hyde.

“This week we will end up increasing our roster a bit, rather than leading a less competitive crew, in part due to the circumstances to finally prepare for the pre-nationals in a few weeks and four weeks from now on the SEC championships. “Harter noted.

“When I told some of our upper class students about an opportunity to go to Notre Dame and race against a big competition that same weekend, they were unanimous in wanting to stay home and compete. at the Chile Pepper Festival. “

Chili Pepper Festival | Friday schedule
3:45 p.m. Grassland Fire Pepper Women 5k
4:15 p.m. Prairie Fire Pepper for Men 8k
5:00 p.m. 5 km women
5:30 p.m. McDonnell Memorial 8 km men
6.30 p.m. Prize giving
Nationally ranked teams at Chile Pepper Festival
First division: 10. Arkansas, 14. State of Oklahoma
Section II: 2. Colorado School of Mines, 4. Augustana (South Dakota), 6. Southwest Baptist, 27. Western Colorado
NJCAA: 2. Iowa Western CC, 9. Cloud County CC (first race), 10. Ranger (first race), 18. Butler CC (first race), 20. Coffeyville CC (first race), 24. Hastings (first race)
Regional classification Division I | Chili Pepper Festival
South central | 1. Arkansas, 6. LSU, 7. State of Arkansas, 10. Central Arkansas, 15. UL-Monroe
Midwest | 2. State of Oklahoma, 7. Tulsa, 10. Nebraska
Mountain | 15. Northern Colorado

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