Meet Notes: 2012 Chile Pepper Invitational




Oct. 11, 2012

STILLWATER - 2012 Chile Pepper Invitational
October 13, 2012 | Agri Park | Fayetteville, Ark.

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The Basics
The Oklahoma State men's and women's cross country teams return for their final race before Big 12 Championships when they travel to Fayetteville, Ark., for the Chile Pepper Invitational Saturday. The men's race begins at 9:45, while the women's race will take off at 10:30.

The No. 2 Cowboys will send 16 runners to the starting line to compete with 36 teams. Hurricane Festival and Cowboy Jamboree individual champions Taylor Monaghan and Shadrack Kipchirchir will suit up for the Pokes. Tom Farrell will make his 2012 debut.

The No. 22 Cowgirls will send 13 runners to compete against 45 teams, including No. 11 Arkansas. Natalja Piliusina will make her 2012 debut for the Pokes. Monika Juodeskaite and Victoria Hanna, OSU's top finishers in the Jamboree and Hurricane Festival, respectfully, will also compete.

OSU Competitors

Men- 10 K race begins at 9:45 a.m.
Fabian Clarkson - Sophomore
Kevin Colón - Redshirt sophomore
Kirubel Erassa - Redshirt sophomore
Tom Farrell - Redshirt junior
Brian Gohlke - Redshirt freshman
Shadrack Kipchirchir - Junior
Girma Mecheso - Redshirt senior
Taylor Monaghan - Redshirt junior
Shane Moskowitz - Redshirt sophomore
Craig Nowak - Freshman
David Osborn - Redshirt sophomore
Klaus Schmidt - Redshirt junior
Neal Smith - Redshirt sophomore
Nick Thorp - Redshirt sophomore
Justin Vilhauer - Redshirt freshman
Zach Wills - Redshirt freshman

Women-6K race begins at 10:30 a.m.
Savannah Camacho - Freshman
Jackie Campos - Senior
Jenny Dyer - Sophomore
Caileigh Glenn - Sophomore
Ruth-Anne Hadjis - Junior
Victoria Hanna - Junior
Adela Hofmannova - Freshman
Monika Juodeskaite - Sophomore
Kate Kujawa - Senior
Monica Lake - Freshman
Taylor Light - Sophomore
Samantha Nightingale - Freshman
Natalja Piliusina - Junior

The Competition

Men
Arkansas Little Rock
Arkansas State
Bacone College
Baylor
Central Arkansas
Chadron State College
Charlotte
Cloud Comm. College
Dallas Baptist
East Central University
Georgia State
High Point University
Houston
LMU
Louisiana-Lafayette
Louisiana-Monroe
LSU
McNeese State
New Mexico Highlands
North Texas
Northwestern State
Oklahoma Christian
Oklahoma
Oklahoma State
Oral Roberts
Richmond
Rogers State
Southern Nazarene
Stephen F. Austin
TCU
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Texas Tech
Texas at Arlington
UTSA
West Florida

Women
Alabama Huntsville
Arkansas
Arkansas Little Rock
Arkansas State
Arkansas Tech
Bacone College
Baylor
Central Arkansas
Chadron State College
Charlotte
Cloud Comm. College
Dallas Baptist
East Central University
Georgia State
Houston
James Madison
LMU
Louisiana-Lafayette
LSU
McNeese State
Missouri State
Nevada
New Mexico Highlands
North Texas
Northwestern State
Oklahoma Christian
Oklahoma
Oklahoma State
Oral Roberts
Ouachita Baptist University
Rice
Richmond
Rogers State
SE Savage Storm Cross Country
SMU
Southern Miss
Southern Nazarene
Southwestern Oklahoma State
Stephen F. Austin
TCU
Texas A&M-Corpus Christin
Texas Tech
Texas-Pan American
UTSA

Last Time Out
Both men's and women's teams are coming off their third-straight team championships at the Cowboy Jamboree, which was held in Stillwater on September 29. Junior Shadrack Kipchirchir led the Cowboys to victory with a time of 24:29.17, just .09 seconds faster than UTEP's Anthony Rotich. The Cowgirls also won the 5,000-meter event, with Monika Juodeskaite finishing in third with a time of 17:25.71 at the race she finished in 22nd place just a year ago.

OSU in the Polls
The Cowboys remain ranked No. 2 in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll directly behind Wisconsin. The Pokes are No. 1 in the Midwest Region, edging out Oklahoma for the top spot. Meanwhile, the Cowgirls have moved up to No. 22 in the nation and No. 2 in the Midwest Region behind Iowa State.

From Coach Dave Smith
On the Chile Pepper Invitational
"[We're preparing] Just like any other race. We only race twice before the Big 12 meet (the Jamboree and the Chile Pepper) so it's a good hard effort that comes against people in other uniforms, which is different than running in practice. We'll race differently at the Chile Pepper than we will at the Big 12 meet so a lot of what we do won't really apply to the Big 12 meet. But I think we'll use it more to prepare for the national championships, and we'll get to experiment with the way we race and the tactics and change things up a bit for the way we race at the national meet."

On the men's team
"On the men's side, I don't know who's going to be there. Arkansas is not going to be there so I don't know if there's any ranked teams we're racing against. So for the men, it's kind of like the Jamboree. We're going to go out and run hard and do a little experimenting with the way we race and keep preparing for the national championships."

On the women's team
"The women are racing the University of Arkansas, and they're ranked 11th. It will be a good test to see where we really are. I think we're a pretty good team, and this will be a good chance for us to step up and prove it and measure ourselves against one of the top programs in the country. Our expectation is that we're going to go in there running to win. That's the way we approach it."

 

 

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