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Paityn Noe dominates, Arkansas women win Chile Pepper XC Festival title

Paityn Noe outclass the women's Habanero 5k field and No. 20 Arkansas won at the 2023 Chile Pepper XC Festival at Agri Park on Friday.

Steve Campbell

Paityn Noe and the Arkansas women cross country team at the 2023 Chile Pepper Festival
Arkansas women at the 2023 Chile Pepper Festival

FAYETTEVILLE – Paityn Noe led the field in the women’s Habanero 5k race on Friday (29), propelling her team, No. 20 Arkansas, to a decisive victory at the 2023 Chile Pepper XC Festival at Agri Park. Noe clocked 16:09.4, while Arkansas accumulated just 20 points to secure the team title.

Noe, a freshman and 2023 Ballard High School graduate from Huxley, Iowa, seized control in the final mile, overtaking Sydney Thorvaldson and widening her lead.

She maintained an average pace of 5:11 per mile, as Arkansas runners claimed the top four spots and placed all five scoring runners in the top 10. Mia Cochran rounded out the top 10 with a time of 17:15.0.

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Thorvaldson, last year’s fourth-place finisher, clocked 16:44.1 for second place. She was followed by Laura Taborda at 16:49.8 and Heidi Nielson at 16:56.9.

SMU’s Kaitlyn Gearin notched a fifth-place finish with a time of 16:58.2, while UT-Arlington freshman Matroline Jepkemboi recorded 17:03.3 for sixth place.

In team rankings, Arkansas, considered by many to be underrated in the latest NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, faced little competition.

SMU trailed by 60 points, finishing second with 89 points. Western Colorado secured third place with 121 points, UT-Arlington took fourth with 169 points, and Arkansas State completed the top five with 220 points.

Watch Paityn Noe Dominates Women’s Chile Pepper XC Festival 5k

2023 Chile Pepper XC Festival Women’s Results Top 20

1Paityn NOE
Arkansas [FR]
16:09.4
2Sydney THORVALDSON
Arkansas [SO]
16:44.1
+35
3Laura TABORDA
Arkansas [SR]
16:49.8
+40
4Heidi NIELSON
Arkansas [SO]
16:56.9
+47
5Kaitlyn GEARIN
SMU [JR]
16:58.2
+49
6Matroline JEPKEMBOI
UT-Arlington [FR]
17:03.3
+54
7Rahel BROEMMEL
Arkansas State [FR]
17:04.0
+54
8Allison BEASLEY
Western Colorado [JR]
17:10.5
+1:01
9Isabela ROSS
Southern Miss [SO]
17:14.0
+1:04
10Mia COCHRAN
Arkansas [SO]
17:15.0
+1:06
11Mary Ellen EUDALY
Arkansas [SO]
17:17.0
+1:07
12Mackenzie ROGERS
Arkansas [SO]
17:17.6
+1:08
13Nia CLATWORTHY
Lamar [SO]
17:20.2
+1:11
14Leah TAYLOR
Western Colorado [JR]
17:24.4
+1:15
15Flora TISSIER
SMU [JR]
17:25.8
+1:16
16Madeline HILL
Central Arkansas [SO]
17:26.4
+1:17
17Leoni MIERSWA
SMU [JR]
17:26.7
+1:17
18Jaybe SHUFELBERGER
Arkansas State [SR]
17:28.6
+1:19
19Alliyah MOLINA
Trinidad State [SO]
17:28.8
+1:19
20Ashlyn ROYAL
UIW [JR]
17:29.1
+1:20

2023 Chile Pepper XC Festival Women’s Team Scores Top 15

PlaceTeamPoints
1Arkansas20
2SMU89
3Western Colorado121
4UT-Arlington169
5Arkansas State220
6Central Arkansas232
7Lamar241
8TCU313
9Missouri State322
10Missouri Southern341
11Drury377
12Nebraska-Kearney379
13South Alabama422
14Oklahoma Baptist439
15Ouachita Baptist451

Click here for the full team scores and results.

About The Author

Steve Campbell

Covers meetings in the United States, including the USA Championships, meetings in Florida and Miami, as well as promoting on social media @worldtrack. Campbell discovered his writing ability at South Broward HS in Hollywood, FL, before graduating from Florida International University and continued to sharpen his skills.

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