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Marissa DeLaPaz was the top finisher for the UALR women on Saturday.
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UALR Cross Country Finishes Strong at Chile Pepper Festival
UALR Sports Information
Release: 10/15/2012

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - 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.

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