Fayetteville, Ark – The varsity Dragons traveled to the 28th Annual Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival in Fayetteville, Ark. where over 120 high school teams competed in one of the country’s premier running events.
The varsity boys’ team took 1st place in this extremely competitive race and were led by Reed Brown who took 1st place with an impressive time of 14:41, followed by Charlie Gardner in 9th place at 15:34, next was Nicholas Fernandes in 24th place with a 15:53, coming in 40th was Connor Rutledge at 16:05 and rounding out the top was Evan Dunkel in 60th place with a 16:17.
The varsity girls’ team placed 2nd at the Chile Pepper Festival, missing the top spot by only 2 points behind Keller High School. Sophia Santamaria led the Lady Dragons coming in 13th place with a time of 18:27, followed closely by Gillian Mortimer in 14th place at 18:29. Next was Cate Tracht in 19th place with a 18:43, coming in 21st was Angie Riera at 18:50 and Ari Lopez completed the top 5 with a 23rd place finish and a time of 18:57.
Head Cross Country Coach Justin Leonard said, “The Chile Pepper Festival is one of our favorite meets of the year. It’s a great course and race environment. We had some outstanding performances and some areas that we can improve upon in the future. Nobody remembers how well you ran in early October. It matters how you run in November.”