Oct. 15, 2011
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Missouri State cross country team continued its run under head coach Alick Musukuma with a 12th-place finish at the 2011 Chile Pepper Festival, Saturday morning. Competing with some of the top runners across the country and a field of 33 schools, the Bears held their own in their first 6K race of the season.
Missouri State scored 320 team points and ran an average time of 22:11.80. The Bears finished just 18 points back from 10th place Southern Utah and 14 points back from 11th-place Texas A&M-CC. University of Texas took home the team title with 85 points and had an average time of 20:55.56.
Junior Emily Beaver logged Missouri State’s fastest time of the day with a 21:52.90, finishing 50th out of 296 total athletes. Not far behind were sophomore Erin Edwards (21:59.80) and senior Terry Phillips (22:02.20), who finished 56th and 59th, respectively.
Freshman Emma Burditt was the fourth Bear to finish in the top-100 times with a mark of 22:14.20 that put her in 77th place.
Junior Ashton Stubbs, sophomore Lisa Imgrund and freshman Dana Roberson rounded out the MSU finishers in 113th, 131st and 133rd, respectively.
The Bears will now have two weeks to prepare for the Missouri Valley Conference Championships held in Terre Haute, Ind., on Sunday, October 30.