FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Cameron University's cross country teams faced some tough competition that included Division I opponents on Saturday morning, as they competed in the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival. The Aggie men ran first and finished in 22nd place, posting a total time of 2:09.31 and an average time of 25:54 in the 8K race. They came in ahead of nine teams, including Central Arkansas, Oklahoma Christian, the University of Oklahoma. James Majenge led the way for CU, finishing in 46th, running a time of 24:59.6. Roy Kipkorir was CU's second finisher with a 25.53.3 time, while Chris Dunn, Eduardo Gutierrez, Jason Cousineau, Loic Rossignaud, and Celso Ramirez all ran 26-minute times. The University of Texas finished first in the men's race, while the top Division II team was Colorado School of Mines, who finished in second place.
The women's race followed the men's and the Black and Gold women finished in 15th place out of 41 teams. CU finished the 5K race with a total time of 1:41.33, which averaged out to be a time of 20:18. They came in ahead of fellow Lone Star Conference squads Texas A&M International and UT Tyler. Alma Duran recorded a 42nd place finish and paced the Aggies with a 19:26.4 race time. Edna Cheptum was close behind in 83rd with a 20:07.5 time, while Keyanna Patterson and Vivien Chesire recorded sub-22 minute times. Oklahoma Baptist claimed the title of the women's race that was comprised of mostly Division II and junior college teams. Both Aggie teams will have one more tune-up race before the LSC Championship, which will be held in Silver City, N.M. on Oct. 26. Prior to that, Cameron will face another tough field at the Oklahoma Baptist Invitational on Oct. 12.