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NMHU runners get taste of Chile Pepper

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By Dave Kavanaugh

In a race heavily populated with athletes from NCAA Division I schools, New Mexico Highlands University was well-represented among the fray of the 2013 Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival held Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark.
Highlands’ lead runners —Henrique Chavez on the men’s side and Marie-Josiane Ohoueu on the women’s — both cracked the 60s in placing.
The race, one of the largest and more prestigious in the country, was the last of the regular-season runs for Highlands. The Cowboys and Cowgirls now prepare for the postseason gauntlet that begins with the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championships.
In the collegiate races, results were recognized in “University” and “College” divisions.
Among the “College” men’s teams, NMHU finished fourth with 162 points, trailing only Augustana (S.D.), West Texas A&M, and Missouri Southern State. The Cowboys bested Iowa Central and 16 other teams from sub-Division I schools.
The University of Arkansas won the men’s team meet overall and in the “University” division with 31 points, beating Villanova, Texas Tech and 11 other big schools.
Three-hundred-twenty-seven men competed in the collegiate race.
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With 182 team points, Highlands’ women finished seventh in the “College” division out of 24 teams. Some 318 women ran in the race.
Arkansas coasted to the overall women’s title with 16 points. Fifteen other Division I schools competed in the collegiate women’s race. Augustana (59 points) was first among the two dozen small schools in the fray.
Highlights of Saturday’s Chile Pepper Festival:

COLLEGE MEN’S 8K
1. Kennedy Kithuka, Texas Tech, 23:28
2. Kemoy Campbell, Arkansas, 23:34
3. Stanley Kebenei, Arkansas, 24:08
4. Patrick Tiernan, Villanova, 24:27
5. Solomon Haile, Arkansas, 24:27
69. Henrique Chavez, NMHU, 26:07
74. Caleb Rubalcaba, NMHU, 26:11
90. Stephen Carbajal, NMHU, 26:25
98. Alonzo Chavez, NMHU, 26:29
119. Jesus Mendoza, NMHU, 26:42
147. Tony Sanchez, NMHU, 27:06
205. Troy Madalena, NMHU, 27:50
208. Andrew Escanuela, NMHU, 27:56
222. David Niragira, NMHU, 28:08
226. Justin Lueras, NMHU, 28:13
249. Sam Roybal, NMHU, 28:37

COLLEGE WOMEN’S 5K
1. Tia Martinez, Rogue Running, 16:55
2. Grace Heymsfield, Arkansas, 16:55
3. Dominique Scott, Arkansas, 17:00
4. Shannon Klenke, Arkansas, 17:10
5. Stephanie Brown, Arkansas, 17:13
62. Marie-Josiane Ohoueu, NMHU, 18:59
82. Angela Ibarra, NMHU, 19:20
84. Ivana Aragon, NMHU, 19:23
85. Briana Cathcart, NMHU, 19:23
154. Amanda Ortzow, NMHU, 20:13
162. Marlinda Pecos, NMHU, 20:19
185. Tayler Hendren, NMHU, 20:33
204. Stephanie Gomez, NMHU, 20:55

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Eighth-ranked Colorado School of Mines stayed unbeaten in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference women’s soccer Friday, turning away NMHU 3-0 in Golden, Colo.
Anna Evans scored the Orediggers’ first two goals for her fourth and fifth of the season.
Evans broke a scoreless stalemate 41 minutes in, getting an assist from Rachael Turner.
Highlands stayed within a goal until Evans took a pass from Jordan Hopper along the right wing and scored at the 74:46 mark.
Four minutes later, Michelle Teramura’s assist to Jaclyn Knott made it 3-0.
Andrea Duke and Crystal Schuder had two shots on goal apiece for the Cowgirls (4-3-2 overall, 2-3 RMAC, going into Sunday).
Kayla Clarke went the full 90 minutes at keeper and made six saves for NMHU.
Mines is in first place in the league with an 8-0-1 overall record and 5-0 mark in the RMAC.