The South Plains College men’s and women’s cross country teams put on an impressive performance at the SPC Open.
The meet was held on Oct. 6 at Brasher Lake in Levelland. The Texans tied for first place in the team results with West Texas A&M, among the 22 teams that participated.
The Texans placed 10 runners among the top 10 finishers in the eight-kilometer race. Sophomore Andrew Bosquez was the first across the finish line, posting a time of 26:00.00. Freshman Japhet Toroitich placed second with a time of 26.01.90.
Sophomore Filmon Beyene placed fifth, posting a time of 26:15.40. Jesse Madrid wasn’t far behind, finishing eighth with a time of 26:51.60.
“I thought both the men and women performed well this past weekend,” said Erik Vance head track and field coach at SPC. “They continue to push each other and run tough week in and week out.”
For the Lady Texans, freshman Gladys Jemaiyo placed second overall, posting a time of 18:20.40. Dorcus Ewoi placed third with a time of 19:04.00, while freshman Angela Rodriguez placed 18th overall, posting a time of 20:40.50.
“You just try to continue to improve your conditioning and adapt to situations in a race,” Vance added. “At this point, we are just focused on continuing to improve our fitness and making sure our squad is healthy heading into the Regional championships at Ranger
and Nationals a month from now.”
The teams also competed at the New Mexico Junior College Open at Harry McAdams Park on Sept. 28.
The Texans placed first with an average time of 22:13.04, with four runners finishing in the top seven spots.
Bosquez placed first with a time of 21:35.39. Beyene placed fifth with a time of 21:59.76, followed by Toroitich in sixth with a time of 22:12.43, and Madrid in seventh with a time of 22:18.39.
The Lady Texans placed third overall with a team average of 20:29.84. Jemaiyo placed second, posting a time of 18:03.75. Ewoi finished seventh with a time of 19:12.79, and Rodriguez finished 18th with a time of 20:42.55.