EPCC half marathon teams lead nation in academics

July 12, 2019


The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has announced its 2018-19 academic awards. 


The El Paso Community College (EPCC) Men’s and Women’s Half Marathon teams were named the Top

Academic Teams of the Year in the nation for their respected sports for the second year in a row.



(L-R) Top row-Miguel Bonilla (Coach), Gideon Cheplak, Dennis Kiptoo, Elvis Chelak, Elias Loriposia,

David Ceballos, Roberto Menjo (Coach), Felix Hinojosa (Head Coach), bottom row-Everlyn Kemboi,

Francisca Jebor, Dorothy Jemutai, Faith Jemutai and Feliciana Kiptoo. Not pictured, Amy Vidal.


The EPCC men finished with a combined grade point average (GPA) of 3.38 and the women finished with a combined 3.63 GPA. The men and women also captured the National Championship on the field this past November. 


The half marathon teams were only one of three National Junior College Athletic Association teams to win both the National Championship and the Academic Championship.

“EPCC is an academic institution first and foremost,” Felix Hinojosa, EPCC Athletic Director said. “Being awarded academic honors validates what we do as a college.”


The EPCC Half Marathon teams will host the NJCAA National Half Marathon Championships this November and in 2021.


Since 1993, the National Junior College Athletic Association has recognized the team with the highest overall grade-point average for their sport and gender with the NJCAA Academic Team of the Year Award. 


The   complete list of National Academic Teams of the Year for the 27 National Junior College Athletic Association sports is available at their personal website: http://njcaa.org/general/2018-19/releases/20190701gjoewb.

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