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Cross Country Heads to Chile Pepper Invitational


image001-9315047-8085599The University of Nevada cross country team will head to Fayetteville, Ark., to participate in the 24th annual Chile Pepper Invitational on Saturday.

The Chile Pepper Cross Country Invitational is hosted by the University of Arkansas and was created to bring together three Northwest Arkansas cross-country races under a single event. The invitational is one of the premier running events in the nation. Each year over 40 college teams battle for prestige and unique Chile Pepper themed awards.

“This is a huge meet with 45 teams, 17 of which are ranked in the top-15 in their respective regions,” head coach Kirk Elias said. “It will be our first exposure to running in a field this size (over 300 runners) and to a meet with this many quality athletes. It will be essential we compete each and every step from the moment of the gun until we cross the finish line. This meet is essential to the maturation of this team.”

Nevada won its previous meet in the Nevada Chase Rally last Friday at Rancho San Rafael Park, defeating Sacramento State 23-32. The Wolf Pack had three of the top-five finishers in the event, as junior Samantha Diaz placed first at 22:53, sophomore Demerey Kirsch took second at 23:12, and Emily Myers finished fourth at 23:30.

Results from the meet will be available immediately following the final race of the day at NevadaWolfPack.com.

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