In yet another big challenge, the IU cross country teams answered the call with a pair of second place finishes at the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival in Fayetteville, Ark.
Senior Sarah Pease led the IU women as she took the individual title in the women’s race. Pease, who won by 10 seconds, was joined in the top ten by teammates junior Chelsea Blanchard and sophomore Samantha Ginther, who finished eighth and 10th, respectively. The women placed second, only four points behind No. 28 Oklahoma State.
The IU men competed against another stacked field, finishing better than host No. 6 Arkansas as they took second behind only defending national champion and No. 2 Oklahoma State. Juniors Ben Hubers and Andrew Poore lead the men with eighth- and ninth-place finishes.
In addition to Hubers and Poore, three more runners placed in the top-25 of the 407-participant race. Sophomores Zach Mayhew and Andy Bayer and junior De’Sean Turner took 19th, 20th and 23rd, respectively, to help the Hoosiers beat the Razorbacks by a single point.