Third time's a charm for EPCC women's X-country

November 3, 2015


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.

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