Cross Country With Solid Effort At Chile Pepper Running Festival

Sophomore Taylor Beer

Oct. 13, 2012

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The University of Houston men's and women's cross country teams took on a large field of elite teams in the annual Chile Pepper Running Festival on Saturday morning. The men took home 16th overall, while the women finished in 28th.

"The teams competed well and put out a solid effort," Assistant Coach Steve Magness said. "Unfortunately, we had some people get sick at the wrong time and were a little under the weather for the meet."

Despite being under the weather, sophomore Yonas Tesfai finished the 10K in the lead spot for the Cougars for the third time this season, with a time of 31:33.7. Tesfai would take home 25th out of 313 runners.

Sophomore Anthony Coleman and freshman Nathan Pineda logged in 16 second apart, as they finished 93rd and 114th, respectively.

On the women's side, senior Kathryn Ducommun crossed the line first for Houston. Ducommun recorded a time of 22:52.2 in the 6K, to finished 85th out of 340. Next in line was sophomore Taylor Beer, who clocked a time of 23:34.9 to take home 132nd.

The Cougars will take two weeks off from competition in preparation for the Conference USA Championship in Hattiesburg, Miss. on Oct. 29.

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Men's: 16th (394 pts.)
Yonas Tesfai (25th, 31:23.7)
Anthony Coleman (93rd, 32:50.6)
Nathan Pineda (114th, 33:06.9)
Drevan Anderson-Kaapa (117th, 33:10.5)
James Broussard (141st, 33:28.8)
John Cantu (175th, 34:01.1)
Lexington Turner (177th, 34:04.2)
Mark Fernando (191st, 34:18.2)
Trevor Walker (202nd, 34:24.3)
Sam Dufford (274th, 36:13.2)
Zachary Stewart (304th, 38:13.2)



Women's: 28th (764 pts.)
Kathryn Ducommun (85th, 22:52.2)
Taylor Beer (132nd, 23:34.9)
Chelsea Huebner (196th, 24:34.5)
Julie Reinwald (221st, 24:52.3)
Alexis Vick (232nd, 25:05.0)
Selena Sierra (243rd, 25:14.3)
Yasiris Gonzlez (265th, 25:46.6)
Jaime Johnsom (296th, 26:36.0)
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