by Kendall Rainer
The South Plains College women’s cross country team placed fourth at the NJCAA National Championships.
The Championship meet was held on Nov. 9 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Lady Texans earned 135 points in the final team standings. Iowa Central Community College placed first with 60 points, followed by New Mexico Junior College with 107 points. El Paso Community College placed third with 125 points.
In the women’s 5-kilometer run, sophomore All-American Gladys Jemaiyo crossed the finish line at 17:15 to place third for SPC. Sophomore Dorcus Ewoi finished eighth with a time of 18:09.
Sophomore Itzel Garcia Santos finished 20th overall, crossing the finish line at 19:15, while freshman Daisy Kibet crossed the line just a second later at 19:16, finishing in 21st and earning All-American honors.
Sophomore Nyia Sena did not finish the race after collapsing.
The Texans were unable to place in the team standings as they only competed with two runners in the championship meet.
Abdirizak Ibrahim earned All-American honors with his effort in the men’s 8-kilometer race. The freshman finished 24th with a time of 25:25. Sophomore Alex Kitum finished 126th with a time of 27:21.
The teams competed in the NJCAA Half Marathon National Championships on Nov. 23 on the campus of El Paso Community College in El Paso. Results were not available at press time.