Courtesy EPCC Cross Country
Cross country male runners competing at the University of New Mexico Cross Country Invitational in Albuquerque.
Entering his 14th year as head coach for the EPCC cross country and half marathon teams, Felix Hinojosa saw his male runners go up against division-1 athletes in their first meet of the season.
The Tejanos crosscountry teams received some valuable experience at the University of New Mexico Cross Country Invitational in Albuquerque.
The men finished fourth in their Albuquerque race behind UTEP, New Mexico and NMSU respectively.
EPCC’s George Yator had a strong showing by finishing third in the individual competition with a time of 15:25.
Other EPCC runners included Ricardo de Santiago (12th, 15:57); Marco Perez (18th, 16:14); Eli Kosgei (19th, 16:14); David Colmenero (20th, 16:18); Daniel Gonzalez (22nd, 16:22); Gerardo Escapita (24th, 16:34); Aaron Daly (27th, 17:12) and Diego Diaz (32nd, 17:39).
Hinojosa was pleased with his teams’ first outing but he knows there’s room for improvement.
“My athletes are usually pretty well motivated,” Hinojosa said. “I focus their motivation and their vision in one path so that we can all be successful, not only athletically, but also academically.
“Every year is different; different personalities, different training methodologies, different basis of fitness, different potentials; it is a rubrics cube of talents.”
The EPCC crosscountry men are coming off a very successful 2013 season and Hinojosa expects nothing less this year.
“All the schools are tough; our region is one of the toughest regions in the National Junior College Athletic Association,” he said.
“We usually produce, if not national championship teams, a national championship individual. We are very strong.”