(Grace Heymsfield, Univ. of Ark.)
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Univ. of Ark.) - Led by junior Grace Heymsfield, the No. 9 Arkansas women's cross country team took eight of the top 10 spots and won a sweeping victory at the 2013 Chile Pepper Festival.
Coming off three perfect scores, the Razorback women were one point shy of a fourth perfect finish, scoring 16 points. This score put them 72 points ahead of the second place finisher, Loyola Marymount, and 82 ahead of Texas Tech, who took third.
Heymsfield led the pack of Razorbacks to the finish line when she crossed at 16:55.8, followed shortly by her nine teammates. Sophomore Dominique Scott, junior Shannon Klenke and senior Stephanie Brown rounded out the top four places, finishing at 17:00.8, 17:10.3 and 17:13.0, respectively. Grace Heymsfield and Shannon Klenke were the next to finish at 17:34 and 17:38, respectively. Freshman Sandie Raines, junior Diane Robison, senior Paige Johnston and junior Jessica Kamilos completed the top 10 for the Razorbacks.
"We wanted to make sure we ran a strong, safe race," head coach Lance Harter said. "We executed our race plan perfectly. I thought it was an A effort."
Arkansas continued to cross the finish line with freshman Regan Ward, 17:51.6, and Keri Wood, 18:28.3.
The Razorbacks return to the course in two weeks on Saturday, Oct. 19, for the Wisconsin adidas Invitational in Madison, Wis.