No. 2 Cowboys Win Chile Pepper Invitational

Girma Mecheso

Girma Mecheso

Oct. 13, 2012

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The Oklahoma State men's cross country team won its third straight meet of the 2012 season and the women's team finished in second place this morning at the Chile Pepper Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.

The No. 2 Cowboys took six of the top 10 spots in the 10,000-meter race. Girma Mecheso finished in second place with a time of 30:13.8. Teammates Kirubel Erassa (30:17.4), Shadrack Kipchirchir (30:19.0), Shane Moskowitz (30:25.6) and Fabian Clarkson (30:25.9) finished in third through sixth place, respectfully. True freshman Craig Nowak rounded out the top 10, crossing the finish line at 30:38.6.

"They ran really well and they did exactly what I wanted to see," said coach Dave Smith. "We're right where we need to be this time of the year. We have two weeks until the Big 12 meet and three weeks after that is nationals. We are right where we need to be right now."

Monika Juodeskaite once again led the No. 22 Cowgirls in the 6,000m race, battling to a second-place finish with a time of 20:54.3. That time moved Juodeskaite into ninth all-time on OSU's 6,000m records list.

"We ran pretty well, but Natalja Piliusina got hurt and didn't finish so that hurt our team chances," said Smith. "She was running in second or third place with a little over a mile to go and suffered an injury so she couldn't finish and that hurt us a bit. She'll get better and she'll be back by the Big 12 meet. We're a much better team when we have her in there."

Both teams return to action Oct. 27 when they travel to Austin, Texas for the 2012 Big 12 Championships.

 

 

2012 Chile Pepper Invitational
October 13, 2012/Agri Park/Fayetteville, Ark.

Men's team standings - top 10 out of 34
1. Oklahoma State - 20
2. Texas Tech - 109
3. Texas A&M-Corpus Christian - 173
4. LMU - 181
4. South Dakota State - 181
6. Texas at Arlington - 207
7. Stephen F. Austin State - 227
8. Richmond - 241
9. High Point - 259
10. Oklahoma Christian - 289

Men's Individual Results
2. Girma Mecheso - 30:13.8
3. Kirubel Erassa - 30:17.4
4. Shadrack Kipchirchir - 30:19.0
5. Shane Moskowitz - 30:25.6
6. Fabian Clarkson - 30:25.9
10. Craig Nowak - 30:38.6
11. Brian Gohlke - 30:40.2
12. Tom Farrell - 30:41.2
18. Taylor Monaghan - 31:03.6
26. Zach Wills - 31:23.9
28. Neal Smith - 31:26.5
31. David Osborn - 31:36.6
41. Justin Vilhauer - 32:01.8
59. Kevin Colón - 32:20.9
91. Klaus Schmidt - 32:49.6

Women's team standings- Top 10 out of 43
2. Oklahoma State - 103
3. SMU - 155
4. LSU - 174
5. LMU - 181
6. James Madison - 206
7. Richmond - 224
8. UTSA - 241
9. TCU - 255
10. Nevada - 263

Women's Individual Results
2. Monika Juodeskaite - 20:54.3
14. Kate Kujawa - 21:32.0
15. Jackie Campos - 21:38.6
37. Caileigh Glenn - 22:11.1
46. Victoria Hanna - 22:20.0
63. Savannah Camacho - 22:35.1
81. Taylor Light - 22:48.4
94. Jenny Dyer - 22:48.4
109. Monica Lake - 23:11.7
Natalja Piliusina - DNF

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