The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi cross country teams will return to action after a two-week absence when they travel to Fayetteville, Ark. for the annual Chile Pepper Festival. The men's race is 10K and the women will run 5K at the University of Arkansas cross country course.
A&M - Corpus Christi has used the time off to rest up for this important stretch of the season. The Chile Pepper Festival attracts some of the best teams in the region and country which will provide a great test for the Islanders.
"The time between races has been great as it has let us do some very hard training without worrying about backing off for races," said head coach Shawn Flanagan. "This is the toughest field with over 50 universities competing this weekend.
"I think our team will respond well, we're a good team. They have been doing some good things in practice and in our early races so they should have some confidence going into this one."
Last year against another competitive field in Fayetteville, the women's team finished 9th with the men coming in at 12th place. The race will also allow the Islanders to compete against fellow Southland schools before the conference championships on Oct. 28. in Beaumont.
"There are four conference schools in this meet; Central Arkansas, McNeese, UTA and UTSA, so obviously it will help racing them," added Flanagan. "There are also schools here that are from other conferences that we have not raced against that will give us another indication of where we are.
"Also, as this is so much bigger than the conference meet, it will allow the kids to feel more relaxed going in to the Southland meet."
Teams scheduled to compete: Alabama - Huntsville, Adams State College, host Arkansas, Arkansas - Fort Smith, Arkansas Little Rock, Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Arkansas State, Arkansas Tech, Auburn, Augustana College, Avila, Baylor, Cameron, Christian Brothers, Central Arkansas, Dallas Baptist University, Delta State, Drury, East Central, Fort Lewis College, Harding, Houston, Houston Baptist, Incarnate Word, Indiana, Indiana - Purdue Fort Wayne, John Brown, Lipscomb, LSU, Maryville University of St. Louis, Massachusetts, McNeese State, Mississippi Valley State, Missouri S&T, Missouri Southern State, Missouri State, Memphis, North Dakota, Northwest Missouri State, Oakland, Oklahoma, Oklahoma Christian, Oklahoma State, Rodgers State, Southeastern Oklahoma State, SMU, Southern Nazarene, Southwest Baptist, South Dakota, Southern Mississippi, Southwestern Oklahoma State, Texas A&M Commerce, Texas A&M, TCU, Texas at Tyler, Trinity, Tulane, Tulsa, UAB, UT Arlington, UTSA, UTPA, Wayne State, West Florida, West Texas A&M, Wyoming