Women's Cross Country Finishes 16th in Talent-Packed Chile Pepper Invitational
Oct. 17, 2005
Fayetteville, Ark. - The Memphis women's cross country squad put together another solid showing at the Chile Pepper Invitational Saturday, finishing 16th in a talent-packed field of 38 teams from all over the country. Junior Daniele Riendeau again led the way for the U of M as she posted a personal best at the 6K distance and was the top finisher among Conference USA runners.
Riendeau's fifth personal record in six races this season came with a time of 21:24 and placed her well in front of top runners from C-USA foes Tulsa and UTEP. The Ottawa, Ontario native placed 22nd overall in the field of 297 runners and was just over a minute behind the top collegiate performer, Desiraye Osburn, from Wichita State University.
Freshman Emily Malinowski once again filled the second team position for Memphis, coming home in 56th place with a time of 22:17. Fellow freshman Carolyn Corbett moved up to the third team spot for the first time, recording a time 23:41, to finish 145th. Junior Mary Claire Dake was just behind Corbett in the 147th position with a time of 23:43, which was a 6K personal best. Freshman Meghan Shinkwin rounded out the scoring for the U of M, registering a time of 24:40 to place 194th.
Sarah Janecek and Nora Nemere completed the top-seven for the U of M, finishing 200th and 215th, respectively, in times of 24:47 and 25:09. Becca McMahon also competed in the meet, placing 230th with a time of 25:31.
Memphis concluded the day with a total of 492 points for their 16th-place tally, leaving them between their conference counterparts, Tulsa, which was 13th, and UTEP, which was 17th.
The women's cross country squad will now have a weekend off before traveling to Orlando, Fla., for Conference USA Championships on Saturday, October 29.