Cross Country Teams Return to Action at Chile Pepper Festival

Cross Country Teams Return to Action at Chile Pepper Festival

Fayetteville, Arkansas - After a three-week break between events, the Trinity men's and women's cross country teams returned to action in style at the University of Arkansas Chile Pepper Festival on Saturday.

After the meet, Head Coach Emily Daum summarized Saturday's results: "While we had solid improvements from some of our guys, I'd say overall, we were hoping to be a little bit faster as a team. We'll be working hard to improve on these times over the coming weeks. I was very pleased with our ladies today. The great thing about going to this meet every year is that we always have comparisons, and this year we averaged about 10 seconds faster for our top five." 



Trinity's women's squad finished eighth of 48 teams in the non-Division I category of the 5k race.

The Tiger men came in 21st of 46 teams in the 8k event, but competed without Jacob Hammond - the top runner from the previous meet.

Molly McCullough was 20th to lead the women's team, finishing the race in 18:00.86.  Emma MacEachern was second among Tiger women's runners, coming in at 35th place.

Haley McFadden, Melissa Whitman, and Lexi Phelps rounded out Trinity's top five women's runners, and the trio finished within 20 seconds of one another.

Brian Wongchotigul led the men's race for the Tigers, and was the team's top finisher for the first time this season.



Molly McCullough remained a standout for the Tiger women, beating her personal-best time by 26 seconds, and coming within five seconds of the school record.  

Emma MacEachern also set a new personal record, blazing past her previous best by 18 seconds.

Allison Hill improved her time from the OLLU Invitational by approximately 50 seconds, while first-years Megan Uren and Brianna Ratliff both established new personal bests.

Brian Wongchotigul's time of 26:19.53 is a new personal record as well, beating his previous best by 39 seconds.  

Sophomore Andy Cottrell knocked off more than a minute from the time he had at the OLLU Invitational, while first-year Colton Hawkins bested his previous personal record by 30 seconds.

Fellow first-years Sam Vincent and Joseph Campbell also posted new personal bests: Vincent was 33 seconds faster than his previous record, while Campbell knocked off more than a minute from his previous record.



The Tigers will compete in the University of the Incarnate Word Invitational on October 8, in Live Oak, Texas.