Cross Country Takes on Top Competition at Chile Pepper Invite
The LMU cross country teams will face off against a field full of regionally and nationally ranked teams across the nation Saturday at the Chile Pepper Invitational.
Oct. 4, 2013
Brittnie Munoz previewing the Chile Pepper Invitational.">
LOS ANGELES - After a hot start to the season that has included two team wins each, two individual victories each and, most recently, one of the program's collective best performances at the Stanford Invitational, the LMU men's and women's cross country teams pack their bags for Fayetteville, Ark., and the 25th Annual Chile Pepper Invitational.
The men's collegiate 8K race is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. start and the women's collegiate 5K race is scheduled for 10:20 a.m. start at Agri Park in Fayetteville. Live results will be available at www.branchsportstech.com. For more information about the meet please visit www.ChilePepperFestival.org.
The men's race features more than 20 NCAA Division I entries while the women's race features two teams in the USTFCCCA top-15. Both races have more than 45 collegiate teams entered.
Notable teams in the men's field are nationally ranked No. 6 Arkansas and No. 27 Villanova along with regionally ranked No. 4 Oklahoma (Midwest Region), No. 9 UALR (South Central Region), No. 11 Central Arkansas (South Central Region), No. 12 Lousiana-Monroe (South Central Region) and No. 15 North Texas (South Central Region). LMU's men enter the week ranked No. 10 in the West Region.
On the women's side, nationally ranked No. 9 Arkansas and No. 12 Villanova will be in attendance along with regional ranked No. 5 Baylor (South Central Region) and No. 13 Central Arkansas (South Central Region).
Villanova is currently No. 12 in the USTFCCCA Rankings and holds the No. 3 spot in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Alongside Arkansas, there will be two other regionally ranked teams from the South Central Region, Baylor, the host of the 2013 NCAA South Central Regional, is currently No. 5 in the region followed by the University of Central Arkansas ranked at No. 13.