The Chile Pepper is not a school sponsored race. It is a completely separate event and the the U of A, along with its cross/track team, do not get any of the race profits from participating in it; however, they did run a B team. Arkansas needs points just in case they don't automatically qualify like in 2011. Last year, Arkansas was ranked 15th in the country but got 3rd in their region, behind Texas and ATM, and did not qualify. Arkansas is hosting their region this year and that, according to Coach Bucknam, had a lot to do with the decision to go to Wisconsin. Arkansas made it clear early in the season that they would not participate in this race because of last year. Any school that came for the sole purpose to race Arkansas had plenty of time to change their schedule.