Cross Country Trio Earns Personal Best at Historic Arkansas Chile Pepper Festival

Cross Country Trio Earns Personal Best at Historic Arkansas Chile Pepper Festival


Event: Arkansas Chile Pepper Festival

Location: Fayetteville, Ark.

Full Results: Men | Women


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Evangel University men's and women's cross country teams finished strong races including personal bests from a trio of women Saturday morning at the nationally renowned Arkansas Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival. 

Leslie Perona, Caitlin Iwanowski and Brittany Knowlton all earned personal best times in the women's 5k race led by Perona who finished at 19:31.2. Perona was in the top 160 of the women's race that saw nearly 400 entrants from all levels including NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA.

Caitlin Iwanowski equaled her personal best time of 20:18.7 as Brittany Knowlton finished with a time of 20:41.4 to finish third for Evangel.

On the men's side, all five Crusaders ran their first collegiate 10k as freshman Shane Burns led the way with a time of 33:11.1. Burns finished 138 as the men's race saw 330 runners with all five Crusaders finishing in the top 300.


Evangel Women's Results 5k

156 – Leslie Perona – 19:31.2 (PR)

220 – Caitlin Iwanowski – 20:18.7 (PR)

248 – Brittany Knowlton – 20:41.4 (PR)

262 – Emily Standage – 20:53.4

308 – Taylor Cruzado – 22:03.3

317 – Kara Speights – 22:26.6

325 – Hannah Shearer – 22:53.1

330 – Abigail Wilkins – 23:06.9

334 – Jordan Fiorani – 23:22.3

371 – Debi Hiserote – 28:54.3


Evangel Men's Results 10k

138 – Shane Burns – 33:11.1

219 – James Knowlton – 35:11.4

234 – Trevor Edick – 35:51.1

271 – Jacob Houser – 37:24.6

285 – Jacob Crews – 38:19.4


Up Next

Evangel men's and women's cross country head to Kansas next weekend for the Haskell Indian Nations Open in Lawrence, Kan.

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