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Crosscountry girls (L-R) Kayla Pallares, Andrea Amaro, Mindy Rincon, and Brittany Parga.
Yvonne Del Rio
El Paso Community College women’s cross country team is ranked second in the nation. Seven runners are going to run five kilometers in their next race on Oct. 25 at Hobbs, NM, a race that is the qualifying round for nationals.
“They’re ready, they are very aggressive and are very focused individuals,” said Felix Hinojosa, EPCC cross country team coach. “This is the conference and region championship.
They were region and conference champs last year and they want to repeat.”
On Oct. 11, the team had a pre-race that served as a prelude to the Oct. 25 National Junior College Athletic Association Region V and WJCAC Championship meet.
One of these seven runners is Brittany Parga, who is preparing for the race.
“I’m trying to push myself past my breaking point and trying to just deal with the pain since it’s going to hurt regardless,” Parga said.
“I feel like my body is ready, I’m just waiting on my mind to just let go and allow my body to take over.”
Other than mentally preparing herself, Parga set a goal for the race.
“Bringing down my time and get it down to about 40 seconds or more if possible,” she said.
Hinojosa has a good attitude toward the weather forecasted for the weekend.
“The weather out there looks like it’s going to be kind of cool, which is good for us,” Hinojosa said.
“The course is flat and fast, but other than that, weather doesn’t affect these types of races.”