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El Paso Community College sweeps cross country regionals

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 12:02am

The El Paso Community College (EPCC) men and women won the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region V and the Western Junior College Athletic Conference (WJCAC) Cross Country Championships on Saturday, October 26th in Levelland, Texas.

The Tejanas won the Region and Conference championship with 25 points. Andrea Amaro won the 5K race with a time of 18:49.07 followed very closely by teammate Shannon Luevano who finished in 2nd place at 18:49.95. This was the 3rd time that a Tejana has won the Region and Conference meet; Viviana Contreras in 2008 and Florence Ngetich in 2010. This was the 6th time in 14 seasons that the Tejanas have won the Region and Conference meet.
Tejanas’ times:

1. Andrea Amaro 18:49.07
2. Shannon Luevano 18:49.95
7. Brisa Carrillo 19:58
10. Mindy Rincon 20:22.33
11. Daniela Rodriguez 20:22.90
19. Julieta Trejo 21:19
29. Brianne Mitchell 22:24

Women’s Team Scoring:
1. EPCC 25
2. South Plains 30
3. Ranger 86
4. Odessa 112
5. Western College 129

The EPCC Tejanos made it a three-peat. They have won the Region and Conference title three years in a row and five times in the last 14 seasons. The Tejanos were led by Ricardo de Santiago who finished 2nd with a time of 25:33.
Tejanos’ times:

2. Ricardo de Santiago 25:33
3. Michael Grijalva 25:37
4. George Yator 25:44
8. David Colmenero 26:06
9. Rene Pena 26:12
13. Daniel Flores 26:48
16. Manuel Ortiz 27:22

Men’s Team Scoring:
1. EPCC 26
2. South Plains 31
3. Clarendon 103
4. Ranger 114
5. Odessa 129
6. Western Texas 157

The following EPCC team members were named to the WJCAC 2013 All-Conference Team:

Women - Andrea Amaro, Shannon Luevano, Brisa Carrillo and Mindy Rincon
Men - Ricardo de Santiago, Michael Grijalva, George Yator, David Colmenero and
Rene Pena

Up next for EPCC is the NJCAA Cross Country National Championships on November 9th in Fort Dodge, Iowa followed by the Half Marathon Championship on November 16th in Dallas, Georgia.

For more information on EPCC Athletics, contact Dana Eisenga at (915) 831-2275.

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