Oct. 18, 2003
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Lulu Hays finished 27th overall to lead the UC Davis women, while Matt Laye was 55th for the Aggie men, as both UC Davis teams had top-10 finishes at the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival at the University of Arkansas, a meet that featured a strong field of NCAA Division I programs.
The Aggie women scored 233 points in the 6-kilometer race and finished eighth overall, just one point behind Texas Christian, which finished seventh. Nevada tallied 114 points to win the title with Texas Tech and Arkansas rounding out the top three. A total of 37 teams competed.
The host Razorbacks finished with 78 points to win the men's 10K competition, outdistancing Oklahoma which was second with 130. Alabama was third at 154 with UC Davis scoring 287 points to finish ninth. The Aggies were just two points back of Boise State which finished eighth in the 33-team field.
Hayes finished 27th to lead UC Davis on the women's side, completing the course in 21 minutes, 50.34 seconds. She finished less than a second behind Yuliya Stashkiv of Abilene Christian (Texas) who edged Hayes at the wire by clocking a time of 21:49.65. Hayes led a UC Davis pack which had its five scoring runners finish within 55 seconds of each other.
Laye was the UC Davis men's top finisher, taking 55th in 31:19.44 over the 10K race, the only race of that distance during the regular season for the Aggie men. UC Davis had a tight pack with its top five runners crossing the line within 31 seconds of each other.
Chris Ferren-Cirino was 65th overall in 31:30.01 for the Aggies, Tim Helms was 67th in 31:32.01; Justin Hurd was 74th and Will Merchad placed 75th. The Aggies had seven runners in the race and each placed in the top 100. More than 260 runners competed.
The Aggie women placed in front of such Division I programs as Oklahoma, Kansas State, New Mexico State and Memphis, while the men finished higher than Texas Tech, Houston, Virginia Tech and TCU.
UC Davis will take a break from the racing schedule before competing in the Pacific Association Championships on Nov. 23 in San Francisco.
CHILE PEPPER INVITATIONAL
Fayetteville, Ark. (Hosted by Univ. of Arkansas)
Women's 6K Results
TEAM (top five plus UCD) - 1. Nevada, 114; 2. Texas Tech, 122; 3. Arkansas, 153; 4. Virginia Tech, 155; 5. Vanderbilt, 160; 6. Texas El-Paso, 195.... 8. UC Davis, 233.
INDIVIDUAL (top five plus UCD) - 1. Marlies Overbeeke, Va. Tech, 20:47.42; 2. Mary Kinyanjui, TCU, 20:56.50; 3. Karin van Rooyen, SMU, 21:04.19; 4. Ana Rodriguez, Steph. F. Austin, 21:04.49; 5. Alba Garcia, UTEP, 21:08.40.... 27. Lulu Hayes, 21:50.34; 40. Laura Cherdack, 22:04.78; 57. Priscilla Moreno, 22:28.93; 60. Jenny Wilson, 22:33.16; 68. Chloe Glare, 22:45.45; 89. Michelle Solone, 22:59.58; 92. Jessica Neu, 23:03.07; 104. Kelsey Kaiser, 23:13.67; 107. Eva Gut, 23:16.15; 111. Laura Sharp, 23:18.74; 143. Katie Sheldon, 24:02.49; 151. Karine Graham, 24:09.14.
Men's 10K Results TEAM (top five plus UCD) - 1. Arkansas, 78; 2. Oklahoma, 130; 3. Alabama, 154; 4. Abilene Christian, 176; 5. Texas El-Paso, 217... 9. UC Davis, 287.
INDIVIDUAL (top five plus UCD) - 1. Westly Keading, Tex-PA, 29:25.86; 2. Mircea Bogdan, UTEP, 29:36.76; Bernard Manirakiza, ACU, 29:39.50; 4. Mathew Chesang, KSU, 29:54.19; 5. Marc Rodrigues, Cloud Co., 30:02.91... UCD: 55. Matt Laye, 31:19.44; 65. Chris Ferren-Cirino, 31:30.01; 67. Tim Helms, 31:32.01; 74. Justin Hurd, 31:47.45; 75. Will Merchad, 31:48.41; 78. Justin Rau, 31:51.19; 94. Jorge Murillo, 32:05.08.