Cross Country Teams Perform Well at Chile Pepper Festival

Women's 6k Results

Men's 10k Results

Concordia Invite Results

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi cross country teams performed well today at the 23rd Annual Chile Pepper Festival. Despite missing critical runners, the women's team finished 11th out of 34 teams in the 6k, while the men's team placed 12th out of 32 teams in the 10k, at Agri Park.  

"Overall we have been training hard," head coach Shawn Flanagan said. "There are a lot of good things we did today that we can build on. We didn't finish as well as we had hoped, but if we get everyone healthy and keep tuggin' away we will be solid heading into the conference meet." 

On the women's side, the Islanders, who are ranked No. 5 in the South Regional rankings, finished 11th with 306 points. The squad placed two slots in front of Southland foe UTSA who finished with 403 points. Texas won the race with 85 points, while Arkansas placed second with 89 points.  

"We finished 11th as a team, farther back from where we finished last year," Flanagan said. "The field was a lot tougher than last year, which made a difference."  

Senior Kristine Burciaga led the Islanders for the second straight race with a 32nd-place finish with a time of 21:28.0. Senior Julia Sambu crossed the line in 44th place with a time of 21:46.2. Junior BreAnna Briggs and senior Danielle Higgins finished third and fourth for the Islanders in 70th and 79th place, respectively.  Freshman Shelby Polasek stepped up for the team, with the absence of Sarah Kimaiyo. Polasek placed 116th with a time of 22:50.9. Sophomore Cecilia Gonzalez finished in 137th place with a time of 23:13.3 and Melissa Jones followed in 159th place with a time of 23:35.6. Freshmen Vanessa Galindo and Jasmine Boutte rounded out the field for the Islanders with times of 24:12.4 and 24:18.6, respectively. 

"The top four ran very well," Flanagan said. "We didn't have Sarah Kimaiyo our No. 4 runner. Christine, Julia and Shelby ran solid races."  

On the men's side, the Islanders, who are ranked No. 6 in the South Regional rankings, finished 12th with 374 points. The squad was hindered with a couple of injuries, but still performed a solid race. Oklahoma State took first place, while Arkansas finished in second.  

Junior Patrick Kimeli had his fastest 10k of his Islanders career, while leading the men's team to a 12th-place finish with a time of 29:58.1. Freshman Christoph Hintz finished second for the squad, who was without No. 2-runner Angel Banda. Hintz placed 89th with a time of 31:44.4. Freshman Philipp Baar finished 105th in 32:01.2 and Valentinas Rudys crossed the line in 125th-place with a time of 32:12.7. Sophomore Jason Garcia placed 132nd and sophomore Justin Adame placed five spots behind Garcia in 137th place. Freshman Paul Hansel, rounded out the field for the Islanders in 155th place. 

"Patrick ran really well," Flanagan said. "Christoph and Phillip had their best performances of the season and Valentinas had a solid race."  

The Islanders are off the next two weeks and will return to action on Mon., Oct. 31, at 9:30 a.m. when they compete in the Southland Conference Championships in Nacogdoches, Texas. 

"If you look at the conference on the women's side, UTSA put one runner in our top four," Flanagan said. "Our freshman beat their fifth girl, so it's encouraging. We have two weeks to get it together. On the men's side, at the conference meet the 8k will help us. We are fine in the region and in the conference, so we're looking solid going into conference." 

Concordia University Invitational

The Islanders sent seven runners to Cedar Park High School in Austin, Texas to compete in the Concordia University Invite. In the women's 5k, freshman Marie Eulitz placed 16th with a time of 19:08.88. Freshman Jennifer Ramirez crossed the line second for the Islanders in 29th place with a time of 19:40.41. Shelby Nichols followed in 38th place in 20:01.75 and Julia Wohlschlegel rounded out the field for the Islanders in 45th place with a time of 20:32.02.  

Junior Jacob Abrego was the first Islander to cross the line in the men's 5k race. Abrego finished in 17th place with a time of 15:57.84. Brandon Lacy placed 26th with a time of 16:10.05 and senior Jeremy Juarez recorded a time of 16:35.22 to finish in 42nd place.  

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Chile Pepper Festival Results

Women's 6k Run Team Scores:

1. Texas 85

2. Arkansas 89

3. Oklahoma State 123

4. Texas Tech 156

5. Weber State 175

6. Southern Methodist 202

7. Wichita State 215

7. Utah 215

9. Oklahoma 238

10. Southern Utah 302

11. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 306

12. Missouri State 320

13. UTSA 403

14. Utah State 419

15. North Texas 420

16. Oral Roberts 429

17. Texas Christian 461

18. Arkansas - Little Rock 479

19. Arkansas State 531

20. LSU 544

21. Texas - Arlington 572

22. UT Pan American 593

23. Baylor 640

24. East Central 657

25. Central Arkansas 706

26. Central Oklahoma 761

27. Shorter 789

28. Oklahoma Christian 836

29. Louisiana Monroe 858

30. Southern Nazarene 958

31. Lindenwood 961

32. John Brown 971

33. Rogers State 974

34. Ouachita Baptist 1078

34. Coffeyville CC 1078 

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi Individual Results:

32. Kristine Burciaga 21:28.0

44. Julia Sambu 21.46.2

70. BreAnna Briggs 22:10.3

79. Danielle Higgins 22:14.2

116. Shelby Polasek 22:50.9

137. Cecilia Gonzales 23:13.3

159. Melissa Jones 23:35.6

188. Vanessa Galindo 24:12.4

190. Jasmine Boutte 24:18.6 

Men's 10k Run Team Scores:

1. Oklahoma State 25

2. Arkansas 78

3. Oklahoma 161

4. Utah State 178

5. Weber State 179

6. Southern Utah 187

7. Oklahoma Christian 195

8. UTSA 209

9. Iowa 220

10. East Central 230

11. Arkansas - Little Rock 238

12. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 374

13. Baylor 413

14. UT Pan American 424

15. Shorter 435

16. Cedarville 469

17. LSU 470

18. Louisiana Monroe 536

19. Texas Tech 551

20. Cameron 555

21. Texas - Arlington 560

22. North Texas 631

23. Arkansas State 649

24. Central Arkansas 720

25. Texas Christian 731

26. Rogers State 765

27. Oral Roberts 774

28. Southern Nazarene 817

29. Linden wood 845

30. John Brown 848

31. Coffeyville CC 852

32. Arkansas - Pine Bluff 1028 

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi Individual Results:

12. Patrick Kimeli 29:58.1

89. Christoph Hintz 31:44.4

105. Philipp Baar 32:01.2

125. Valentinas Rudys 32:12.7

132. Jason Garcia 32:17.3

137. Justin Adame 32:32.3

155. Paul Hansel 32:49.8


Concordia Invite Results

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi Individual Results:

Women's 5k:

16. Marie Eulitz 19:08.88

29. Jennifer Ramirez 19.40.41

38. Shelby Nichols 20:01.75

45. Julia Wohlschlegel 20.32.02 

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi Individual Results:

Men's 5k:

17. Jacob Abrego 15:57.84

26. Brandon Lacy 16:10.05

42. Jeremy Juarez 16:35.22