WACO, Texas -- Both Baylor's men's and women's cross country teams will be in action at the 27th-annual Chile Pepper Festival on Saturday at Agri Park in Fayetteville, Ark.
On the men's side, the Bears will have a contingent of 13 runners competing in the Chile Pepper Festival's 8K race at 9:45 a.m. Baylor runners for this weekend include Eric Anderson, Brent Aydon, Blake Bostick, Seth Brown, Matt Galvin, JR Hardy, Henry Huff, Matt League, Sean McCullough, Chris McElroy, Matthew Parham, Kyle Scanlan, and Jordan West.
"This course layout is a lot more simple than what we ran on last week at Stanford," associate head coach Jon Capron. "I would like to seem them pack up a little bit more, so they can find each other during the race and finish as a group. There are still a lot of teams here, but there is also a lot more space to open up. Hopefully, that pays off in the results."
Baylor's men's team is ranked No. 10 in the latest USTFCCCA South Central Region rankings, but the Bears have finished no lower than sixth this season with second-place finishes at both the Bear Twilight Invitational and the Gerald Richey Invitational, while taking third at the Ken Garland Invitational and sixth at last weekend's Stanford Invitational. Anderson has produced the top finish for the Bears in three of four meets, while Scanlan was the top finisher for BU at the Gerald Richey meet.
A total of 11 members of Baylor's women's team, who did not compete last weekend at the Roy Griak Invitational, will be in action for the 5K race at 10:20 a.m. Rachel Covey, Annie Jaska, Kasey Kinzel, Aubree Miller, Jessica Purtell, Lexi Reamer, Leila Rohde, Megan Rule, Helena Van Loan, Mary Woodall and Catherine Zabilski are scheduled to run for the Lady Bears.
"This crew is working hard to be a member of our conference travel squad," Capron said. "We need them too. We would love someone from this group to step up and provide depth."
Many of these same runners secured a fifth-place finish for BU at the Ken Garland Invitational and a third-place showing at the Gerald Richey Invitational earlier this season.
After this weekend, the men and women are both scheduled to have next weekend off, before the women's top runners return to action Friday, Oct. 16 at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational.
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