Both EPCC cross country teams head into the conference/regional finals with a head of steam after winning their respective meets over the weekend.
The second-ranked team in the country, the Tejanas took the University of the Southwest Cross Country Invitational with a perfect score of 15 points last Friday in Hobbs, New Mexico.
The EPCC men's team competing at the Kachina Classic in Las Cruces, NM.
Odessa College finished second with a score of 48 and University of the Southwest was third with 75.
Shalet Mitei paced EPCC with a time of 18:32.86.
Other Tejanas runners who figured in the scoring were Michelle Renteria, who finished fourth with a time of 19:24.77; Evaline Cheptoo (6th, 19:42.80); Ocean Stevens (7th, 19:47.33); Sholly Jeruto (8th, 21:17.77); Celeste Zamarron (10th, 21:25.74) and Amy Vidal (11th, 22:03.92).
The four EPCC finishers who didn’t figure in the scoring were Samantha Martinez (12th, 22:13.80); Rosa Rojas (14th, 22:58.33); Daniella Ruiz (17th, 23:37.49) and Merari Valenzuela (18th, 23:48.86).
Not to be outdone, the men’s team took first place as well with a score of 16 points.
Odessa College finished a distant second with 54 points while University of the Southwest was third with 67.
The Tejanos took the top four individual spots, paced by Michael Kirwa, who won first place with a time of 25:16.17.
Taking the next three spots were Tejanos’ Sammy Rono (2nd, 25:16.45); Boaz Kipkemei (3rd, 26:26.580 and Esteban Esquivel-Reyes (4th, 27:28.21).
Finishing sixth and seventh respectively were EPCC’s Adrian Morales (27:58.77) and Eric Hunt (28:06.24).
Rounding out the finishers for EPCC was Evan Gerdes (11th, 29:24.61); Cesar Gonzalez (14th, 30:06.55) and Michael Flores (16th, 31:32.95).
Both teams will now get ready for the WJCAC/Region 5 postseason meet in Levelland, TX on Oct. 28.
The men’s and women’s teams will then compete in the NJCAA National Championships in Ft. Dodge, Iowa, on Nov. 11.