CORPUS CHRISTI – Throughout the summer of 2013, GoIslanders.com will look back at the best moments and athletic performances from the 2012-13 school year.
Every Thursday, we will bring you one of the top 10 individual performances, with Tuesdays bringing the year's top 10 moments. Be sure to keep tabs on GoIslanders.com throughout the summer to celebrate all the great moments.
Top Moment #6: Men's Cross Country Clocks School Best at Chile Pepper Festival
The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi Men's Cross Country team had an impressive season, finishing fourth at the Southland Conference Championships and eighth at the South Central Regional Championships. It was one meet in particular though that really helped the team finish the season strong.
The Islanders put together their best finish in school history at Agri Park on Oct. 13, when they paced their way to a third-place finish out of 34 teams in the 10k at the 24th Annual Chile Pepper Festival.
"The men's team ran the best race we have ever ran here," Head Coach Shawn Flanagan said. "They listened and believed in themselves and executed well. They did everything pretty perfect to finish in the top three."
The men's team, who at the time was ranked No. 8 in the South Regional rankings, finished in third with 173 points. The Islanders finished behind Oklahoma State (20 points) and Texas Tech (109 points) and ahead of LMU and South Dakota State who tied for fourth place with 181 points. The Islanders also finished ahead of Stephen F. Austin (7th place, 227 points), Central Arkansas (11th place, 312 points), Northwestern State (28th place, 799 points) and Oral Roberts (29th place, 878 points) out of the Southland Conference.
Patrick Kimeli paced the men's team with his best Chile Pepper finish in eighth place. The senior clocked a 10k time of 30:35.6, just short of his career-best time of 29:58.1, set last season. Finishing in second for the Islanders was Philipp Baar in 26th place with a time of 31:24.3. The sophomore improved his time by 37 seconds, despite a wet and muddy course.
Sophomore Christoph Hintz made his Chile Pepper debut with a time of 32:14 in 52nd place. Abel Koskey was the fourth Islander to finish in 60th place with a time of 32:21. Paul Hansel placed 78th with a time of 32:38, improving his placing from last season by 77 spots. The sixth Islander to cross the line was senior Daniel Barlow in 84th place with a time of 32:40.7 and Adrian Marquez finished in 96th place with a time of 32:54.5. Valentinas Rudys rounded out the men's team with a time of 33:57.2.
Chile Pepper Festival Results:
Men's 10k Team Scores:
1. Oklahoma State 20
2. Texas Tech 109
3. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 173
4. LMU 181
4. South Dakota State 181
6. UT Arlington 207
7. Stephen F. Austin 227
8. Richmond 241
9. High Point 259
10. Oklahoma Christian 289
11. Central Arkansas 312
12. UTSA 317
13. Baylor 336
14. North Texas 353
15. Arkansas-Little Rock 367
16. Houston 394
17. New Mexico Highlands 478
18. Charlotte 496
19. Georgia State 503
20. Alabama Huntsville 544
21. Louisiana-Lafayette 595
22. LSU 641
23. TCU 641
24. East Central 685
25. West Florida 696
26. Arkansas State 758
27. Dallas Baptist 762
28. Northwestern State 799
29. Oral Roberts 878
30. Texas at Tyler 895
31. Southern Nazarene 898
32. Rogers State 907
33. Chadron State College 943
34. Arkansas 953
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi Individual Results:
8. Patrick Kimeli 30:35.6
26. Philipp Baar 31:24.3
52. Christoph Hintz 32:14
60. Abel Koskey 32:21
78. Paul Hansel 32:38
84. Daniel Barlow 32:40.7
96. Adrian Marquez 32:54.5
167. Valentinas Rudys 33:57.2
For all the latest on Islanders Athletics throughout the summer, be sure to follow us on Facebook (GoIslanders), Twitter (@Go_Islanders) and Instagram (@go_islanders).
June 6 – #10: Jasmine Boutte Shines at SLC Indoor and Outdoor Championships
June 13 – #9: Johnathan Jordan's Double-Double at Lamar
June 20 – #8: Vanessa Johnson at Southland Championship
June 27 – #7: Brandi Huff's Second-Half Outburst vs. McNeese State
July 4 – #6: Logen Bourque Posts Second Triple-Double in Islanders History
June 11 – #10: Dance Places 11th at NDA Collegiate Championships
June 18 – #9: Men's Basketball Shoots Lights Out vs. Southeastern La.
June 25 – #8: Islanders Softball Walk-off Win Over SHSU
July 2 – #7: Women's Golf Takes Second at Harold Funston Invitational
July 9 – #6: Men's Cross Country Clocks School Best at Chile Pepper Festival