ISLANDERS HAVE GOOD SHOWING AT CHILE PEPPER FESTIVAL

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi cross country teams traveled to Fayetteville, Arkansas for the annual Chile Pepper Festival. Both teams had top 15 finishes with the women coming in at ninth place out of 34 teams and the men placing 12 out of 29 teams.

Top finishers were Anne Ronoh who came in at 15 with a time of 21:34.28 for the women and Patrick Kimeli finished with a time of 30:44.81 good for 22 place.

On the women's side the Islanders cracked the top ten at the Chile Pepper for the first time in program's history. A&M-Corpus Christi in an impressive field was the highest Southland Conference school in the meet.

Ronoh was 15, BreAnna Briggs finished 63, Sarah De Los Santos was 69, Courtney Johnson was 75, Sheila Salil 90, Caitlin Arambula 97, Kristine Torres 124, Daniela Prado 167 and Faith Barlow didn't finish. Lillian Badaru of Texas Tech won with the time of 20:31.52.

"This was the first time the women have cracked the top 10 at this meet which will look as a good omen heading into the conference meet in two weeks," said cross country head coach Shawn Flanagan.

For the men they finished in the top 15 in a highly competitive meet with several teams in the region, and conference.

Finishes for the Islander men were Kimeli at 22, Ari Perez 61, Scott Vance 66, Eloy Zertuche 71, Daniel Barlow 91, Curtis Patton 108 and Kirk Dalhiem did not finish.

"We has a gap between our runners today but if we can work on that I think we can do well moving forward," said Flanagan "If we are able to get healthy we should be able to get rolling at the conference meet coming up.

Both teams are off until Oct. 31 when Texas A&M-Corpus Christi hosts the 2009 Southland Conference Championship at West Guth Park.

For complete results click the PDF at the top of the page.

Women's Results-

15. Anne Ronoh 21:34.28

63. BreAnna Briggs 22:48.78

69. Sarah De Los Santos 22:56.34

75. Courtney Johnson 23:00.53

90. Sheila Salil 23:14.06

97. Caitlin Arambula 23:19.42

124. Kristine Torres 23:37.80

167. Daniela Prado 24:01.15

Faith Barlow DNF

Women Team Finishes-

1. Texas Tech University, 35
2. BYU, 77
3. University of Arkansas, 87
4. University of Missouri, 165
5. SMU,179
6. Oklahoma State, 185
7. Loyola Marymount University, 196
8. Missouri State University, 286

9. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 312

10. Baylor University, 361

11. University of Oklahoma, 384

12. TCU, 388

13. University of Utah, 390

14. McNeese State University, 417

15. Mississippi State University, 444

16. UT Arlington, 449

17. University of North Dakota, 522

18. University of South Dakota, 538

19. University of Missouri-Kansas City, 550

20. Tulane University, 554

21. Wyoming, 555

22. Rend Lake College, 565

23. Lipscomb University, 630

24. University of Arkansas Little Rock, 632

25. Arkansas State University, 641

26. Arkansas Tech University, 648

27. LSU, 665

28. University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, 803

29. Hendrix College, 810

30. Trinity, 816

31. University of Central Arkansas, 826

32. Southern Nazarene University, 876

33. Southwestern Oklahoma State, 891

34. Southwestern University, 984

Men's Results-

22. Patrick Kimeli 30:44.81

61. Ari Perez 31:53. 73

66. Scott Vance 32:01.26

71. Eloy Zertuche 32:08.61

91. Daniel Barlow 32:30.89

108. Curtis Patton 32.49.12

Kirk Dalhiem DNF

Men Team Finishes-

1. Oklahoma State, 21

2. University of Oklahoma, 52

3. University of Arkansas, 89

4. Virginia Tech, 98

5. Texas Tech University, 214

6. Loyola Marymount University, 222

7. University of Missouri, 223

8. McNeese State University, 232

9. University of Arkansas Little Rock, 278

10. UTSA, 292

11. Mississippi State University, 300

12. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 311

13. Baylor University, 371

14. University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, 423

15. Trinity, 465

16. Lipscomb University, 487

17. University of South Dakota, 503

18. UTPA, 542

19. Cameron University, 597

20. Wyoming, 598

21. Arkansas State University, 618

22. University of Louisiana Monroe, 646

23. UT Arlington, 647

24. Southwestern University, 670

25. LSU, 700

26. TCU, 709

27. University of Central Arkansas, 771

28. University of North Dakota, 784

29. Southern Nazarene University, 787