In an extremely close finish, the EPCC women finished third at the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Cross Country National Championships in El Dorado, Kansas, on Nov. 12.
The Tejanas actually finished in a tie for second with Central Arizona College, just three points behind champion, Lansing Community College.
Photo by Lolo Mercado
EPCC's Kelli Kirkpatrick (85) takes off to the lead at the start of the
NJCAA Cross Country Nationals in Kansas.
The final point totals are made up of a school’s top five runners, but because Central Arizona’s sixth-place runner finished ahead of EPCC’s sixth-place runner, it was awarded the tie-breaker.
EPCC had two runners finish in the top-10 and thus earn NJCAA All-American honors.
Shalet Mitei finished fifth with a time of 18:05 and Rose Jebet was sixth with a time of 18:12 in the 5K race.
Other EPCC runners were Kelli Kirkpatrick, 17th, 18:44; Sholly Jeruto, 48th, 19:34; Ocean Stevens, 53rd, 19:41; Michelle Renteria, 99th, 20:21 and Karla Enriquez, 169th, 21:18.
Next up for the EPCC cross country runners is the NJCAA Half Marathon Nationals this Saturday, Nov. 19, at Gulf Shores, Alabama.