Top 10 Roundup
Arkansas wins own race at Chile Pepper Festival
No. 4 Oregon at Dellinger Invitational
EUGENE, Ore. -- For the second consecutive week, freshman Edward Cheserek led fourth-ranked Oregon to a hard fought seven-point victory, this time against Boise State and nine other teams on Saturday at the eighth annual Bill Dellinger Invitational.
From the outset, the Ducks were engaged in a tight contest with Boise State that included a fall in the first 50 meters by one of Oregon’s top runners, Jeramy Elkaim, and was not decided until Oregon’s fifth runner, Ryan Pickering, crossed the tape in 16th, giving the men their first Dellinger victory since 2010.
Cheserek was one of three Ducks in the top six, but the Broncos placed all five of their runners in the top 13.
No. 6 Arkansas at Chile Pepper
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Sixth-ranked Arkansas stormed to a first place finish at the 2013 Chile Pepper Festival, led by a second place finish by senior Kemoy Campbell.
Campbell kept with the reigning national champion, Kennedy Kithuka of Texas Tech, for most of the race, finishing with a strong 22:38.4 to finish second overall. The Razorbacks ran a full team for the first time this season. Campbell was quickly followed by junior Stanley Kebeni in third place at 24:08.0 and senior Solomon Haile in fifth at 24:27.6. Sophomore Gabe Gonzales finished ninth with a time of 24:47.6 and senior Raymond Joseph rounded out the scorers at 25:05.5 and 12th place.
The Razorbacks scored 31 points for the meet, 13 points ahead of the second place finisher, No. 27 Villanova. Texas Tech filled the top three with a score of 91.
“Any time you can race and finish ahead of several good programs it is a good day,” head coach Chris Bucknam said. “Kemoy Campbell was with Kennedy Kithuka most of the way and he stayed within reach which leads me to believe that, down the road, [Campbell] can tighten that gap as we head toward the national championship.”
To round out Arkansas’ squad for the day, senior David Flynn finished in eighteenth place at 25:20.6, sophomore Patrick Rono crossed in 25th at 25:32.8, freshman Aidan Swain finished in 25:49.2, sophomore Arch Robertson clocked a 25:56.4 at 36th place, sophomore Cale Wallace crossed in 38th at 25:56.7 and freshman Noah Findley took the 57th spot with a time of 26:36.2.