FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — In a field dominated by Division I programs, Eastern New Mexico University’s men finished 29th out of 33 teams while the women were 38th out of 43 in Saturday’s Chile Pepper Festival cross country meet, hosted by the University of Arkansas.
ENMU finished with a score of 757 in the men’s competition, which was won by Texas-El Paso (64) over the host Razorbacks (77). Lone Star Conference member Abilene Christian posted a third-place team finish with 101 points and had the individual champion in Nicodemus Naimadu, who ran a time of 28 minutes, 22.8 seconds in the 10K event.
ENMU’s leader was junior Nimrod Lelei, who finished 58th out of 288 runners with a time of 30:56.9.
Arkansas ran away with the women’s team title, scoring 41 points to 132 for runnerup Duke. ENMU, which had a score of 1,092, was led by Mariana Chavez, who finished 210th in a field of 347 with a 5K time of 23:45.1.