Godfrey Makes Coaching Debut at Chile Pepper

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MANHATTAN, Kan. - K-State Cross Country is back in action this weekend at the Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Wildcat men's team will compete in the 8K beginning at 9:45 a.m., while the women's team will follow in the 5K starting at 10:20 a.m.

The Chile Pepper Festival celebrates its 26th year and will include over 5,000 participants this weekend. For the Wildcats, they will face off against Big 12 foe, Texas Tech, host Arkansas as well as Lamar, Houston and Drake.

This weekend will mark several firsts for the Wildcats, as they will be led by new head coach Ryun Godfrey. He will be joined by senior Erika Schiller, who is expected to make her first appearance of the season.

Sophomore Morgan Wedekind said the team is looking forward to Schiller's return.

"I am really excited to have Erika back," Wedekind said. "She has been out for the past couple of meets, so it will just be fun to race with her again. With her competing, it will help our team so much more."

For Godfrey, he plans on building upon a program and environment that former head coach Mike Smith helped foster in his nine years leading K-State Cross Country.

"I don't need to change anything right away because this is already a big change," Godfrey said. "Coach Smith did such a good job, very organized, a very driven coach, and I can see that already just working with the athletes for the couple days I've been here.

"My philosophy is to always be ready to race well so hopefully that is what we are ready to do."

For more information on this weekend's meet, visit the Chili Pepper Festival home page at www.chilepepperfestival.org.