The El Paso Community College men’s and women’s cross-country teams won their respective events at the Saints Collegiate Cross Country Invitational hosted by Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio last weekend.
The Tejanos won comfortably with a team score of 17 points, followed by Trinity 62, Texas A&M International 63, Our Lady of the Lake 117, North Central Texas 150, TAMU-Kingsville 190, McMurry 194, Southwestern 200, Texas College 234, Schreiner 307 and Sul Ross St. 314. The Tejanos were led by Gideon Cheplak, who finished first in the 8K race with a time of 25.07. The EPCC men were so dominant that they took the race’s first four positions.
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The El Paso Community College Tejanas are ranked 2nd place nationally and the
Tejanos ranked 4th after a strong showing at the Lori Fitzgerald Memorial Meet on Septemeber 13.
Cheplak was followed by Elias Loriposia (2nd place, 25:12.6), Dennis Kiptoo (3rd, 25:19.5) and Bradley Makuvire (4th, 25:30.9).
The Tejanas won their race with 40 points, edging out Trinity’s 44.
The rest of the field included Texas A&M International 93, Our Lady of the Lake 124, McMurry 132, Texas Lutheran 167, North Central Texas 175, Texas Wesleyan 182, TAMU-Kingsville 215, Sul Ross St. 288 and Texas College 314.
The Tejanas were led by reigning national champion, Everlyn Kemboi, who finished first in the 6K race with a time of 21.36. The women took the first three positions.
Francisca Jebor finished second at 22:06.9 and Faith Jemutal was third (22:24.0).
Because of their impressive showings, both EPCC cross-country teams are ranked in the first United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division 1 Poll.
The Tejanas are ranked 2nd nationally and the Tejanos ranked 4th after a strong showing at the Lori Fitzgerald Memorial Meet on September 13.
Both teams finished 2nd in a meet where they were the only community college to compete.
Next up for the Cross Country Team is the New Mexico Junior College invitational on September 27.
This season will lead up to EPCC hosting the 2019 NJCAA Half Marathon Championship on Nov. 23 as the
finale of its year-long 50th anniversary celebration.