Myles Richter finalist walks Arkansas at Chile Pepper Festival
FAYETTEVILLE, Arche. – Covering the Agri Park course with a career-high 23 minutes and 33.5 seconds, Razorback Myles Richter took finalist honors in the McDonnell Memorial 8k Race held at the 33rd Annual Pepper Festival from Chile, Friday.
Myles established a 30-second PR as Arkansas tied for fourth with Alabama-Huntsville as both schools scored 192 points. Zouhair Talbi of Oklahoma City won the individual title in 23: 28.5 while Dillon Powell of the Colorado School of Mines was third in 23: 39.7.
“I’m happy to have had a PR so early in the season,” Myles noted. “At the end of the day, it’s about building a strong team. We’re working on building a national championship team, and I’m just looking to do my part.
“Our depth is our strength. We have four amazing guys at the top and we are looking to fill fifth place with 5-6-7. I’m already in that seven, just looking to be that number five guy if that’s what I gotta be. If that’s not where I am, great because that means we’re getting stronger.
Colorado School of Mines, the No.1 team in Division II, won the tag team title with 39 points on a 3-4-7-12-13. Augustana (131) and Western Colorado (178) placed second and third. Razorback’s score was 2-19-28-66-77.
The teams finishing in the top 10 of the 36 teams that scored included LSU (235), Oklahoma City (297), Central Arkansas (305), Nebraska (346) and Texas State (350).
“Myles did a really fantastic job today,” said Arkansas men’s head coach Chris Bucknam. “He did a good deal to be in our top five today. It was great to see him run like this after a tough training we had here on Tuesday. He is a great competitor.
Richter’s progress through the 8,000m race started with his 10th place at a mile of 4: 37.3, then in fifth place at 3.5 km of 15: 52.4. Then he got second place for the rest of the race.
The Razorback team behind Richter included Carter Persyn, placing 21st in 24: 32.7; Josh Shearer, 33rd in 24: 49.4; Jayce Turner, 81st in 25: 33.3, and Tommy Romanow, 94th in 25: 45.3. Luke George was sixth for Arkansas, clocking 26: 29.1.
“We accomplished some things last week and this week,” Bucknam noted. “Now we have a couple of weeks before we go to the pre-nationals, where we jump into the mini nationals because everyone will be there.”
Elias Schreml led the group of Razorback freshmen who competed in the unattached race. Schreml, a native German making his college debut, clocked 24: 22.7 to place 15th in the field of 327 finishers. Arkansas freshmen also included Sam Hall (67th, 25: 24.8) and Jack Williams (69th, 25: 25.5).