Werner takes Chile Pep­per ti­tle, breaks course record

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FAYETTEVIL­LE – Plac­ing four run­ners in the top-five, the No. 2 Ra­zor­back women’s cross coun­try team dom­i­nated from start to fin­ish on its home course at the Chile Pep­per Fes­ti­val post­ing a ridicu­lously low score of 24 points and win­ning by an im­pres­sive 66 points Satur­day morn­ing at Agri Park.

“I think our op­po­si­tion across the United States are anx­iously await­ing the re­sults,” said

Head Coach

Lance Harter.

“Now, when they see them they’re gonna say

‘the course is short’ or some other ex­cuse, but we have an ar­se­nal right now led by Tay­lor [Werner] and Katie [Izzo] and that duo run­ning that fast is ab­so­lutely ex­cep­tional.”

Tay­lor Werner, who won the in­di­vid­ual ti­tle at the John Mc­ni­chols In­vite, made it 2 for 2 on the sea­son capturing the in­di­vid­ual ti­tle at the Chile Pep­per on her home course, run­ning a blis­ter­ing time of 15:45.40. The se­nior from Ste. Genevieve, Mis­souri, set the pace from the gun work­ing her way to the front off the starting line and never look­ing back. Werner led a squad that placed four Ra­zor­backs in the top five as she was joined by Katie Izzo in sec­ond place (15:50.20), Devin Clark in third place (16:13.00), and Ca­rina Viljoen in fourth place (16:15.10). Both Werner and Izzo broke the course record set by for­mer Ra­zor­back Al­lamer­i­can Do­minique Scot­te­frud who ran 16:01.00 to win the 2014 Chile Pep­per. This marks the sec­ond straight week that Werner has both won a meet and bro­ken a course record.

Round­ing out scor­ing for

the Ra­zor­backs was Abby Gray in 17th place run­ning 17:06.20. Maddy Reed fin­ished as the Ra­zor­back’s six and fresh­man Is­abel Van Camp fin­ished as the No. 7 run­ner for the Ra­zor­backs as the duo fin­ished 20th and 52nd, re­spec­tively.

“In two weeks we’ll run at the pres­ti­gious Wis­con­sin Nut­ty­combe In­vite,” said Harter. “We’ll also ac­ti­vate Lau­ren Gregory, who ran well to­day as well, so we’ll be at full strength. We’re seven weeks out from the na­tional meet and as far as the coach­ing staff goes we’re right on sched­ule to be ready ul­ti­mately for a run at NCAA’S.”

Next up for the Ra­zor­backs will be a trip to the Wis­con­sin Nut­ty­combe In­vite at the Zim­mer Cham­pi­onship Course in Madi­son, Wis­con­sin, on Oct. 19.

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