This past Thursday the EPCC cross country team competed in the University of Southwest meet in Hobbs, N.M.
EPCC runners (L-R) Demaris Jepkorir (62), Sholly Jeruto (64), Ocean Stephens (63), Kelli Kirkpatrick (60) and Shalet Mitei (61) compete at the University of the Southwest Invitational in Hobbs, N.M.
The women’s team, which tied for first place, saw six runners finish in the top 15 positions.
There were 32 runners in all.
With more than half of the runners finishing in the top 10, the Tejanas split first place with South Plain College.
The men’s team also had six runners finishing in the top 15, securing them second place.
The women’s cross country team competed against five different schools, all in the same category, junior college level.
Coach Felix Hinojosa recognizes that this team has a lot of room for improvement and is excited to see what they can achieve during the rest of the season.
“It has been a pretty competitive season, we’ve been getting a lot of division-1 schools and the last race was actually against some division-1 Junior colleges”, Hinojosa said.
The team has a very confident stand on the upcoming races and believe they are ready to show the other teams they are ready to compete against higher level schools.
“There is always room for training and improving until competition day, we are pretty extremely nervous but we are also ready at the same time to compete this season and for the upcoming races,” said Kelly, one of the cross country team members.
Coach believes every team member brings different aspects to the team and that it is always a team effort.
“This team like any of the other 250 teams has a good shot of being in the top 3 in the nation. All the teams in the past have been very good, this team seems to be just as good, it is hard to compare because cross country runs different courses, it is not like track where a 400 in Dallas is the same 400 in El Paso, here depending on the course and how the course is marked it’s not a consistent 5k or 8k or 13 miles”, Hinojosa added.
There is no doubt this team is proud of the achievements they have made possible throughout their season and are willing to improve.
A strong showing from the cross country team in this meet, the team will hope to keep their momentum going in the upcoming meet, Let’s Run to End Alzheimer’s, in El Paso on Oct. 22.
This was a strong showing from the cross country team in this meet, the team will hope to keep their momentum going in the upcoming meet, Let’s Run to End Alzheimer’s, in El Paso on Oct. 22.