FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The NIACC men's and women's cross country teams compete at the University of Arkansas Chile Pepper Invitational on Saturday.
The men's collegiate 8-kilometer race starts at 9:45 a.m. The women's collegiate 5K race starts at 10:20 a.m.
The No. 10 NIACC men are coming off a 20th place finish (Maroon Division II) at the Griak Invitational last Saturday in St. Paul, Minn.
NIACC sophomore Wal Khat placed fifth in the 8K race in 26 minutes, 18 seconds. Khat's fifth-place finish was the highest ever for a NIACC men's runner at the Griak Invitational.
Trent Smith placed ninth for the Trojans at the 2012 Griak Invitational.
The No. 25 NIACC women placed 39th at the Griak Invitational last Saturday. Kendra Schmidt led the Lady Trojans with a 229th place finish in 27:09.
Last season at the Chile Pepper race, sophomore Imad Amenzou placed 67th and set the NIACC men's school record in the 8K in a time of 25:12. The Trojans placed 26th out of 33 teams last season.
The NIACC women placed 25th out of 33 teams at the Chile Pepper in 2015.