- The UALR men placed 15th of 34 teams and the Trojan women placed
29th of 43 teams at the 24th Annual Chile Pepper Festival
on Saturday. Felix Maritim led the
UALR men's team (55th, 32:15.4) in the 10K run and Marissa DeLaPaz (102nd,
23:06.9) paced the women in the 6K.
Texas Tech's Kennedy Kithuka won the men's 10K in a
time of 28:53.0 and the Oklahoma State men's team took the top overall team
spot. On the women's side, Oklahoma's Jess Engel won the 6K in a time of
20:42.1, while the Arkansas women finished first as a team.
Maritim paced the Trojans for the second-straight
event, finishing 55th of 313 runners in the men's 10K in a time of
32:15.4 - good enough for 20th on UALR's all-time 10K list. Shaun
Koehn placed 76th in 32:36.4 as the second UALR men's finisher,
while John Vodacek finished 92nd
in a time of 32:50.0.
DeLaPaz led the UALR women by placing 102nd
in a time of 23:06.9. Mackenzie Bloom
wasn't far behind, finishing 105th in 23:09.6. Both DeLaPaz's and
Bloom's finishing times were good enough to place them in UALR's all-time
top-20 6K times.
Tori Copeland was the third UALR women's finisher at
174th in a time of 24:10.6.
Saturday's race served as the final regular season
tune-up for the Trojans, as they will now begin preparing for the Sun Belt
Championships on Saturday, Oct. 27 in Bowling Green, Ky.