College of the Ozarks men’s and women’s cross-country teams traveled to Fayetteville, Arkansas to compete in the 31st Annual Chile Pepper Festival. The event included almost 100 collegiate teams divided into two divisions. Additionally, a world championship division and open division brought the total number of runners to approximately 6,500.
The men’s team competed in an 8K event in the small college division. As a team, the Bobcats posted a solid average time of 27:59.9, scoring 590 points, good for 22nd place out of 39 schools.
Bobcats Samuel Baumer and Garrett Pierce placed inside the top 100 in the field of 352. Baumer finished in 66th place, with a time of 27:09.5, by passing an astonishing 56 competitors between the first-mile and the finish-line. Pierce ran a 27:34.1, good for 98th place.
Other notable performers included David Byrd and Wesley Moore, both setting personal bests, at 28:04.2 and 28:08.4 respectively.
The Lady Bobcats competed in a 5K event and zoomed their way to a 12th place finish of 41 teams, scoring 449 points, with an average time of 20.14.9.
In a field of 353 runners, three Lady Bobcats placed within the top 100. Abigayle Money ran a 19:21 to place 39th. Hannah Duncan finished in 70th place with a time of 19:56.2. Right on her heels, teammate Janelle Staal came in 77th, with a time of 19:58.9. Just outside the top 100, Adeline Holder came within 12 seconds of a personal best at 20:43.1, which was good for 135th.
For more complete men’s results, please visit: https://flashresults.com/2020_Meets/xc/ChilePepper/005-1.pdf
For more complete women’s results, please visit: https://flashresults.com/2020_Meets/xc/ChilePepper/007-1.pdf
The Bobcat and Lady Bobcat cross country teams return to action October 12th at the Haskell Invitational in Lawrence, Kansas.