FAYETTEVILE, Ark. Joseph Moore set his 10K personal record en route to a 43rd-place finish Saturday at the Chile Pepper Invitational held in Fayetteville, Ark. With a time of 30:56.9, the Green, Kan., native wrapped up the 16th-fastest all-time 10K finish in K-State history.
“Joe (Moore) really ran an outstanding race today,” commented head coach Michael Smith. “The field was loaded with talent. Considering the quality of runners out there, Joe ran a great race that will set him up nicely for the Big 12 Championships.”
Following Moore, freshman Alex Umberger recorded an 82nd-place finish, crossing the line at 31:44.9 in his longest collegiate race. Senior Christian Smith rounded out the top three K-State runners with a 107th-place finish and a time of 32:09.0. The K-State men finished 17th overall as a team.
According to Coach Smith, the atmosphere surrounding the race is one of the best in the country.
“The crowd was really great,” said Smith. “There was a huge field of runners, so there were a lot of people watching and cheering. (The Chile Pepper Invitational) is one of the best meets in the country. A lot of local fans and the Fayetteville community really come out to support it.”
After seeing the results of this weekend’s race, Coach Smith feels confident about the men’s team going into the Big 12 Championships in two weeks.
“I feel like our guys are ready for the conference meet,” added Smith. “I was pleased with the effort I saw today. I feel that if we do what we’re capable of doing, we can place well at the Big 12 Championships. Our guys are in great shape, so we should see their best stuff in a couple weeks.”
Freshman Jana Gwinn crossed the line in 144th-place for the women’s team with a time of 23:40.4. Behind Gwinn, sophomore Stephanie Lavin finished 165th clocking a time of 24:03.2.
The cross country teams will take next week off in preparation for the Big 12 Championships held in Waco, Tex., on Friday, Oct. 28.
K-State Women’s Finishers
1. Jana Gwinn (144) 23:40.4
2. Stephanie Lavin (165) 24:03.2
3. Morgan Bonds (180) 24:18.8
4. Emily Dittemore (189) 24:34.8
5. Eleanor Burton (227) 25:28.9
6. Breana Yost (233) 25:35.4
K-State Men’s Finishers
1. Joe Moore (53) 30:56.9
2. Alex Umberger (82) 31:44.9
3. Christian Smith (107) 32:09.0
4. Matt Swedlund (139) 32:43.0
5. Ben DeLay (153) 32:59.9
6. Hiral Bhakta (155) 33:03.8
7. Casey Johnson (163) 33:18.3