The EPCC women’s cross country team won its third consecutive Region V and WJCAC Cross Country Championship (and the eighth in school history) in Roswell, NM on Oct. 31.
Courtesy of EPCC Athletics
The Tejanas won the meet with a 42-point effort, besting second place New Mexico Jr. College’s 51.
This marks the second time that the EPCC Women won three straight titles; the first time was 2007-2009.
EPCC’s Kayla Pallares won the individual championship with a time of 18:15 on the 5 kilometer course.
This is the seventh time that an EPCC woman has won the individual Region V championship.
Pallares, along with 7th place finisher Mercy Rotich and 9th place Kelli Kirkpatrick, earned All-Conference honors from the WJCAC (Western Junior College Athletic Conference).
Rounding out the Tejanas runners was Damaris Jepkorir, who finished 12th with a time of 20:16.
Emily Estrada came in 13th with a time of 20:27.
The EPCC men also had a successful meet, finishing second (34 points) to South Plains College, who tallied 19 points.
The Tejanos were led by Eli Kosgei, who finished 4th with a time of 25:27.
He was followed by Juan Vazquez, who finished 5th with a time of 25:39.
Elias Villeges-Ponce was 9th at 26:34 and Daniel Gonzalez was 10th with a time of 26:42.
Every EPCC runner who finished in the top 10 earned All-Conference honors from the WJCAC.
Up next this month for the El Paso Community College's cross country teams is the NJCAA Championship on Nov. 14 at Fort Dodge, IA.