The NJCAA and WJCAC Region V Championships for male and female cross-country runners took place this last Saturday, Oct. 29, at Harry McAdams Park in Hobbs, New Mexico.
Region V cross country champions, (L-R) Kelli Kirkpatrick, Shalet Mitei, Karla Enriquez. Ocean Stevens (holding plaque), Rose Jebet, Michelle Renteria, and Sholley Jeruto.
The two events featured students from El Paso Community College, South Plains College, Ranger College, Odessa College, Western Texas College, New Mexico Military Institute, and New Mexico Junior College.
The EPCC women's team claimed their 4th straight Region V championship, scoring 25 points to South Plains College's 50 points.
EPCC students Shalet Mitei and Rose Jebet finished first and second in the individual competition.
Ranger College finished third with 73 points and New Mexico Junior College finished fourth with 83 points.
The male runners competed in the second NJCAA cross-country event.
South Plains College finished first with a perfect score of 15 points.
The first five competitors who finished first were Felix Kosgei, Omero Rodriguez, Jose Silva, Deric Martinez, and Connor Hughes, all students from South Plains College.
EPCC finished second with a total of 52 points. Ranger College finished third with 95 points, Odessa College finished fourth with 103 points and Western College finished fifth after earning 136 points.
The first WJCAC competition featured female cross-country runners. Just like NJCAA competition, EPCC finished first with 25 points, and Shalet Mitei and Rose Jebet were once again the top two runners.
South Plains College finished second with 42 points and New Mexico Junior College finished third with 67 points.
The male competitors from South Plains College finished the second WJCAC event first with another perfect score of15 points.
Just like in the NJCAA competition, Felix Kosgei, Omero Rodriguez, Jose Silva, Deric Martinez, and Connor Hughes were the top five runners.
EPCC finished second with 47 points. Odessa College finished third with 83 points and Western Texas College finished fourth with 107 points.