Tiger Cross Country Teams Shine at Chile Pepper Festival

Tiger Cross Country Teams Shine at Chile Pepper Festival

Fayetteville, Arkansas - The Trinity men's and women's cross country teams distinguished themselves at Saturday's Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival, hosted by the University of Arkansas.



"I'm really happy with how our teams ran today. We still had two guys sit out on our men's side, but the group we had run did well. The men ran a 10k today which is a change from the 8k they usually run at this meet. They raced smart and finished a lot stronger than at ACU."

"Our women had a stellar meet. They averaged 18:10 on the course today compared to about 18:56 last year. They ran smart and beat quite a few schools in the process. Im excited to see how they do against some top D3 schools in a few weeks. A huge congrats to Haley and Molly for taking down a decade-old school record in the process."





The Tiger women turned in an incredible eighth-place finish with a score of 243 points, compeating among a field of mostly non-Division III teams in the 5k event. Trinity's men came in 23rd of 40 teams in the 10k race, with a score of 635.

Haley McFadden shattered the previous school record for a 5k event by 14 seconds, besting the 10-year-old mark established by Head Coach Emily (Loeffler) Daum in 2007. McFadden placed 22nd of some 380 runners in the race with a time of 17:41.6 - the new standard for Trinity cross country runners.

Molly McCullough also broke the previous school-record time set by Coach Daum, finishing eight seconds behind her teammate for a 33rd-place finish. McCullough's time of 17:49.2 is now the second-fastest in school history.

Laura Taylor rounded out Trinity's top runners, reaching the finish line in 39th place with a time of 17:56.3, and posting the fourth-best time in school history.

All three Tiger women's runners were much faster than last year at the same event.

Elliot Blake finished 105th in a highly competitive field of 330 men's runners in the 10k. Blake posted a mark of 32:46.0. Michael Erickson came in at #118, eight seconds in back of Blake.



Men's and women's cross country team will have partial teams compete Saturday, October 7, at the University of the Incarnate Word Invitational in nearby Live Oak, Texas.