Shaun Valdez / Tejano Tribune
El Paso Community College men‘s cross country team ranked second with 33 points at the NJCAA Region V Championship in Hobbs, NM for an 8 kilometers race.
South Plain College took first place with 22 points and Ranger College came in third with 79 points.
“You can’t beat one team three times in a row,” said coach Felix Hinojosa.
George Yator led the men’s cross country team again placing second with a time of 24:19.
Tejanos Gerardo Escapita, Ricardo de Santiago and Eli Kosgei ran a time of 25:24, each seconds apart from each other. Following was Marco Perez coming in 10th place with 25:44, Daniel Martinez coming in 12th place with 25:53 and David Colmenero finished at 14th with 27:04.
“I didn’t like the way it went, I would have preferred if we would have won the title, but I guess it was alright because we did our best,” said EPCC runner Ricardo de Santiago, who injured his hamstring.
“I’m taking care of it. For nationals I should be better, I just want the team to stay focused.”
“We should have done better, I guess we just didn’t run smart,” said Daniel Gonzalez, another runner.
10 Tejanos got named 2014 All WJCAC Conference Team; George Yator, Gerardo Escapita, Ricardo de Santiago, Eli Kosgei and Marco Perez.
EPCC Men Cross Country team are preparing themselves mentally for nationals.
“Usually what happens in two week phase it’s more of a mental than it is physical,” Hinojosa said.
“We make sure we address the issues that we had at region and we go in with a very good solid race plan.”
The Tejanos will be competing for nationals on Nov 8 at Lubbock, TX.