Rotich leads Tejanas in title pre-race

October 15, 2014

Courtesy EPCC Country

Mercy Rotich

Yvonne Del Rio



The El Paso Community College women’s cross country team placed first at the Western Junior College Athletic Conference Pre-Race at Hobbs, NM last weekend.


The Tejanas’ winning total of 25 points outdistanced New Mexico Junior College (49 points), South Plains (64), Ranger College (98) and Odessa Community College (132). 


The race is considered a practice run for the league, which will meet again on the same course for the National Junior College Athletic Association Region V and WJCAC Cross Country Championships on Oct. 25.


“The runners did good, they were ecstatic,” said coach Felix Hinojosa.


“But they can do better. They’re ranked third in the nation and they are going to have some tough competition.


“The course was flat and the weather was very cool.”


EPCC’s Mercy Rotich won the individual competition with a time of 18:57.


Andrea Amaro also had a strong race finishing in third place (19:13); Kayla Pallares (4th, 19:19); Brittany Parga (7th, 19:47) and Shannon Luevano (10th, 20:13). 


Parga finished seventh at the race.


“I dropped about 20 seconds from my time and I felt like I wasn’t running as scared as I’ve been before,” Parga said.


“I will be pushing myself harder and seeing my true potential.” 


Rounding out the female runners was Mindy Rincon (20:22), Elida Pargas (20:38), Irene Chelagat (21:27) and Brienna Mitchell (21:34).


EPCC will not only have to take on their league opponents again at the championship meet, they’ll have to take on the elements.

“I know we can each do better individually,” said Parga. “I felt better about this performance than all the others, but I was so numb from the cold. 


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