Oct. 17, 2008
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Louisiana Tech's nationally renowned cross country squad will return to action Saturday, Oct. 18, at the 2008 Chile Pepper Invitational hosted by the University of Arkansas.
"This is a really good tune-up," Tech head coach Gary Stanley said. "This is a challenging 10-kilometer course with a national class field of runners. I think we've come a long, long way since we ran the Mook 4. Everybody's workouts are going extremely well. I'm really excited about the next three races."
Tech was most recently ranked No. 7 in the South Central Region by the United State Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. This will be the final meet before the Bulldogs run in the 2008 WAC Championships in Las Cruces, N.M.
The Bulldogs will be competing against LSU, Texas A&M, Arkansas and Oklahoma amongst of host of other schools.
The last time the Bulldogs were in action, they took eighth-place at the Auburn Invitational over two weeks ago. Not only did the Bulldogs take revenge on LSU after a narrow defeat earlier in the season, senior Kinsey Dinnel ran the second fastest time in Bulldog cross country history at 23 minutes, 27 seconds.
Senior Zac Schuler came in 39th overall out of the 213 runners in the orange race with a time of 24:06, while senior Nate Davis ran 25:04 for 89th place.
Sophomore Kyle Davis (132, 25:57) along with freshman Josh Slocum (135, 26:01) and sophomore David Monroe (146, 26:20) rounded out Tech's finishers.
McNeese, the only non-BCS school to finish ahead of Tech, bested the Bulldogs by only one point. Tech totaled 286 points, while McNeese finished at 285.