The South Plains College men’s and women’s cross country teams started the season in stride, sweeping the top places at the Western Texas College Open.
The Texans and Lady Texans competed in Snyder, Texas on Sept. 8.
In the men’s race, freshman Alex Kitum led the Texans and placed first, covering the 8-kilometer course in 27:12. Sophomore Filmon Beyene wasn’t far behind, placing second with a time of 27:29.
Sophomore Andrew Bosquez placed third with a time 27:31, while sophomore Jessie Madrid placed fourth with a time of 28:21. Sophomore Erick Arambula finished ninth with a time of 29:47. The Texans posted a final team average of 27:47:24.
In the women’s race, freshman Gladys Jemaiyo placed first after completing the 5-kilometer course in 19:48. Freshman Dorcus Ewoi placed second with a time of 20:28, while freshman Lynda Martinez placed sixth with a time of 22:45. Freshman Nyia Sena finished seventh with a time of 23:05.
Freshman Rocio Ramirez finished eighth with a time of 23:35, and freshman Angela Rodriguez finished ninth with a time of 23:50. The Lady Texans recorded a team average of 21:56:12.
Both teams returned to action on Sept. 14, competing at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Results were not available at press time.