Saturday, Nov. 23, El Paso Community College will be hosting the National Junior College Athletic Association Half Marathon Championships at Ascarate Park where the men’s and women’s cross-country teams will compete.
The race will be held at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta Drive. The men’s race will begin at 9:15 a.m. and women’s race will start at 9 a.m.
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(L-R) Miguel Bonilla, asst. coach; Felix Hinojosa, head coach; Eduardo Gallegos; David Ceballos; Matthew Lindsay; Bradley Makuvire; Elias Loriposa; Gideon Cheplak; Dennis Kiptoo and Robert Menjos, asst. coach.
A pre-race banquet will be hosted by EPCC the night prior to the race on Nov. 22, where the competitors and coaches will enjoy a dinner provided by EPCC’s Culinary Arts Program.
At the NJCAA Cross Country Championship two weeks ago, Dennis Kiptoo and Bradley Makuvire of the Tejanos placed in the top ten individually. Kiptoo (placed 5th, with a time of 24:18) and Makuvire (8th, 24:31)
Tejanas, Everlyn Kemboi and Francisca Jebor placed in the top ten individually for the women at the cross-country championships; Kemboi (2, 17:02) and Jebor (9, 18:17)
“This is the strongest men’s team we’ve ever had, so we’re very fortunate to have this caliber of individual runner,” said head coach Felix Hinojosa.
With the event being held in El Paso, Hinojosa believes this will work in the team’s favor.
“Since it’s our home turf we’re used to the altitude, which is about 4,000 feet, so everybody’s going to have to come down,” he said.
“For some it won’t be an issue, for others it might.”
Although Hinojosa has been busy with the tasks that come with hosting an event of this magnitude, he thinks the team is ready.
“I think they are pretty strong and driven individuals. Thankfully, everybody is healthy and ready to go.
Hinojosa extended an invitation to the entire EPCC family and El Pasoans in general, to enjoy the race.
“Come on out and watch us, it’s going to be a fast race.”
The National Half Marathon will conclude cross-country season.