EPCC Half Marathon Teams Place at Nationals

Topeka, Kansas—El Paso Community College (EPCC) women’s half marathon team finished in second place at the National Junior College Athletic Association Championship (NJCAA) held in Topeka, Kansas.

Sophomore Shalet Mitei received All-American honors finishing second. The men’s team finished fifth in the national competition.

“I am proud of how the runners matured as the season progressed,” Felix Hinojosa, EPCC Athletic Director and Half Marathon Head Coach said.

“Each team member is a leader and they depend on each other to excel.”

At nationals, the Tejanas women’s cross country team was led by Mitei who placed 2nd in the 13.1 mile run. Iowa Central Community College finished first in the women’s division.

The Tejanos men’s cross country team was led by Michael Kirwa who finished in 9th place.

Iowa Central Community College placed first in the men’s division.

The Tejanas times are as follows:
1      Shalet Mitei 1:21:35
8      Ocean Stevens 1:27:27
10    Michelle Renteria 1;28:06
24    Celeste Zamarron 1:38:15
39    Merari Valenzuela 1:50:40

The Tejanos times are as follows:
9     Michael Kirwa 1:11:57
20   Sammy Rono 1:15:509
23   Michael Flores 1:15:58

For more information on EPCC Athletics, visit www.epcc.edu/athletics.