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Men’s cross-country places seventh at Chile Pepper 10K

Submitted by Tony Lenahan on October 20, 2010 – 10:01 pmNo Comment

(From left) Shannon Sullivan, Marissa De La Paz and Mackenzie Bloom after running at the Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville on Saturday. Photo by Tony Lenahan

The UALR men’s cross- country team finished seventh out of 50 teams on Saturday, Oct. 16, at the 10K Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville.

Oklahoma St., which is ranked second nationally, won the team competition. Indiana, ranked seventh nationally, finished second and Arkansas, ranked sixth, finished third.

“We ran well,” coach Milton Williams said. “Our top six were all under 32 minutes. It was a good race for us.”

The top Trojan runner was senior Johnny Purvis who finished 42nd out of 463 runners with a time of 30:34.92. Jonathan Cherono finished 48th and had a time of 30:51.02. The remaining finishers for UALR were Brian Giken (68th), Dustin Mettler (105th), Barrett Kerth (114th), Derek Allen (117th), and Rodney Sasse (313th).

The Trojans are ranked seventh in the South Central region and finished seventh at the Chile Pepper Festival. With the level of competition that was present, it is a good sign of things to come. UALR has the Sun Belt Championships coming up next on Saturday, Oct. 30, in Bowling Green, Ky. and coach Williams was resting a couple runners.

UALR cross-country coach, Milton Williams, visits with his racers after they competed in the Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville on Saturday. Photo by Tony Lenahan

“We left two of our guys at home,” Williams said. “We left Felix Maritim and Nathan Carr. Didn’t want to race them today — getting them ready for conference. I felt really good what these guys did today. It was a good run for us.”

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