by Kendall Rainer
The third-ranked South Plains College women’s cross country team continues to dominate, placing first at three out of their four meets they have competed in so far this season.
The Lady Texans earned their third meet title, while the Texans placed fourth, at the South Plains College Cross Country Invitational held on Oct. 5 at Brashear Lake Park in Levelland.
In the women’s 5-kilometer run, SPC finished with 39 points and a total team time of 1:37:56.10, and an average time of 19:35.22. New Mexico Junior College placed second in the meet with 41 points and an average time of 19:49.74. El Paso Community College placed third with 44 points and an average time of 19:56.34.
Sophomore Gladys Jemaiyo was the first Lady Texan to cross the finish line. She finished with a time of 18:04.90, good enough for second place overall. Freshman Daisy Kibet wasn’t far behind, placing fifth with a time of 18:58.80.
Sophomore Dorcus Ewoi finished seventh with a time of 19:15.70. Sophomore Itzel Garcia-Santo finished 11th with a time of 20:36.30, while Nyia Sena finished 14th with a time of 21:00.40.
In the men’s 8-kilometer run, SPC placed fourth with 89 points and a total team time of 2:28:41.90, with an average of 29:44.38. El Paso Community College took the men’s title with 21 points and an average time of 26:10.26. New Mexico Junior College placed second with 50 points and an average time of 27:53.48, while Angelo State placed third with 87 points and an average time of 29:22.36.
Sophomore Alex Kitum placed fifth for the Texans with a time of 26:44.80, while freshman Adbrizak Ibrahim finished seventh with a time of 27:17.60.
Sophomore Yusuf Mohamud crossed the line at 29:48.50, finishing 24th overall. Freshman Ryan Robinson finished 27th with a time of 30:25:20.
The Lady Texans placed first at the New Mexico Junior College Invitational held on Sept. 27 at McAdams Park in Hobbs, New Mexico.
SPC finished with an overall team score of 26 and an average team time of 19:24.04 in the 5-kilometer run. NMJC placed second with a score of 39, while Ranger College placed third.
Jemaiyo was the first Lady Texan to cross the finish line. She finished with a time of 18:04.14, good enough for second place. Kibet wasn’t too far behind, placing third with a time of 19:02.88, while Ewoi placed fourth with a time of 19:19.61.
Garcia-Santos crossed the finish line at 20:13.24, good enough for an eighth-place finish. Sena followed by finishing ninth with a time of 20:20.29.
In the men’s 8-kilometer run, the Texans placed fourth overall in the team standings with a score of 103 and an average time of 28:12.96. NMJC placed first with a score of 47, followed by Ranger College in second and UT-Permian Basin in third.
Kitum placed first with a time of 24:53.71, while Ibrahim crossed the line in second place with a time of 25:06.98. Robinson finished 26th with a time of 27:51.78.