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The 2016 EPCC Men’s Half Marathon Team are from left to right: Michael Flores, Sammy Rono, Evan Gerdes, Adrian Saldivar, Elias Villegas, John Sandoval and Brian Rowley

EPCC Athletic Program earns National Honors

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has announced its 2016-17 academic awards, and EPCC teams have been honored

El Paso Community College (EPCC) announced Monday afternoon that the Men’s Half Marathon team was named the Academic Team of the Year in the nation with a combined 3.15 grade point average (GPA).

All six EPCC athletic teams had combined GPAs of over 3.0 for the second year in a row.

The EPCC Women’s Cross Country and Half Marathon teams finished second in the nation for their sport with combined GPAs of 3.70 and 3.60 respectfully.

“EPCC is an academic institution first and foremost,” said Felix Hinojosa, EPCC Athletic Director. “Being awarded academic honors validates what we do as a college.”

Individual Academic Student-Athletic Awards were awarded to 13 student athletes.  The student must have 24 credit hours or more with a GPA of 3.60 or higher.

The students who made the Academic First Team with a 4.00 GPA are:

Daniel Garcia Ramirez                       Baseball

Jesus Mendoza                                   Baseball

Kelli Kirkpatrick                                   Women’s Cross Country – Half Marathon

Merari Valenzuela                               Women’s Cross Country

Since 1993, the NJCAA has recognized the team with the highest overall grade-point average for their sport and gender with the NJCAA Academic Team of the Year Award.

Teams that qualify with an overall GPA of at least a 3.0 receive honorable mention recognition. Nominations are submitted by each team’s respective institution. See more HERE.

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