North Texas Takes Third at Chile Pepper

Alejandro Valencia and Troy Taylor
Oct. 4, 2014

Chile Pepper Festival Results

DENTON-The Mean Green men and women showed they are serious competition at the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival.

North Texas cross-country showed that they are able to go toe-to-toe with some of the best teams in the country. Men's cross-country placed third in the 8K race, with senior Alejandro Valencia coming in sixth with a time of 24:15.5, and junior Troy Taylor coming in eighth with a time of 24:22.2.

"We ran really well on the men's side, coming in third was one of our main goals, to run within ten points of Lamar was huge, since they are ranked third in our region," said North Texas Cross Country Coach Stefanie Slekis.

"The women ran big PR's across the board, but everyone who beat us was regionally ranked," said Slekis.

 On the women's side, Charlotte Wilson placed sixth with a 5K time of 16:38.0, leading the women to an eighth place finish.

"It was also more competitive this year, so it was still a better showing then where we were last year," said Slekis. "We still want to end up within the top 10 in the region."

North Texas women's cross-country's next race is the C-USA Championships in Denton Nov. 1.

"The women have a whole month till we race again, so we are just going to get back to training hard the next two weeks, and I think it is still a really good benchmark, we know how fit we are and where we want to be," said Slekis.

The men compete Oct. 18 at the pre-national meet in Terre Haute, Indiana, where they will race against 10 nationally ranked teams.








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