Forthcoming meet is largest of season

Editor’s Note: The Daily Skiff was not allowed to interview the coach or players for this story.The Horned Frogs will come off the starting line Saturday at the 15th Annual Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.

The Frogs are coming into this meet following the Cowboy Jamboree in which the women and men finished 13th out of 18 teams and 15th out of 17 teams, respectively.

Tyler Hill, a fifth-year senior runner at Arkansas, said the festival is expecting to have about 40 Division I and Division II teams on Saturday.

One of the runners who has been making a name for himself this season from TCU is sophomore Festus Kigen. He has yet to finish outside of the top 10 in any race.

“(Festus) Kigen is definitely the name we are familiar with,” Hill said. “They are a threat just like every other team out there.”

One of the other Texas schools competing is Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Shawn Flanagan, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s cross country coach, said his team would like to beat TCU this weekend.

“We have had some really good meets with them in the past,” Flanagan said. “TCU has a really strong program, but may be having a little bit of an off-year this season.”

The No. 9 Razorbacks are coming into this meet hoping to win on their home turf late in the season, said Scott MacPherson, a junior runner for Arkansas.

MacPherson said the course is a fast one that usually produces fast times for the runners. It is also the first 10K race of the season.

Hill said it is nice to be on their own course with their home fans.

“It is definitely an advantage to be running your home course,” Hill said. “There is no traveling involved and we will go to bed Friday night in our own beds.”

MacPherson said this is a huge meet with good competition.

“We are excited to be at this point in the season,” MacPherson said. “We have been training hard and really want to win.