FORT DODGE, Iowa – The South Plains College Texan and Lady Texan cross country teams finished third and fifth at the NJCAA Cross Country Championships held Saturday at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Doge, Iowa.
The Texans finished with 98 team points, putting together what was possibly their best team race of the season to finish third behind Central Arizona and host Iowa Central. The SPC men put for of their runners in the top 25, while their fifth scorer was just outside the top 40, individually.
Antibahs Kibiwott led the way for the Texans, crossing the line in sixth place overall with a time of 25 minutes, 33.5 seconds over the 8,000-meter course to earn All-American accolades along the way. Teammate Jose Martinez also earned his first All-American award as a Texan, finishing 15th in 26:10.30.
Cordaryl Whitehead (26:23.90) – the lone sophomore of the five scorers – finished 20th whileColton Hollis (26:25.10) was right behind in 22nd. Kennedy Chumba (26:47.90) was SPC's fifth and final scorer, finishing 42nd overall.
Jacob Clark (26:51.90) and Mike Waller (27:32.40) also competed for South Plains, crossing the line 51st and 82nd, respectively.
On the women's side, Desreen Montague was the first Lady Texan to complete the 5,000-meter course as she finished 18th in 19:11.40.
Atara Segree (19:42.80) finished 45th individually, leading a trio of Lady Texans that included J'Cee Holmes (19:43.60) and Madison Kauffman (19:46.70) right behind in 46thand 47th.
Brittany Letts (20:20.30) rounded out the team scoring for the Lady Texans in 86th, giving the Lady Texans 208 team points.
Sarah Peterson (20:26.40) and Kaitlyn Henderson (20:56.70) also competed for the SPC women with 93rd and 127th place finishes.
Though the cross country season is technically in the books, the SPC Texan and Lady Texan harriers have one more competition scheduled as they will compete in the NJCAA Half-Marathon Championships held next Saturday, Nov. 16 in Dallas, Ga. The half-marathon is a 13.1-mile competition in which the scoring is similar to cross country, with the exception being a team is made up of five athletes (instead of seven) and the top three athletes from each team are scored.
6th Antibahs Kibiwott 25:33.50*
15th Jose Martinez 26:10.30*
20th Cordaryl Whitehead 26:23.90
22nd Colton Hollis 26:25.10
42nd Kennedy Chumba 26:47.90
51st Jacob Clark 26:51.90
82nd Michael Waller 27:32.40
18th Desreen Montague 19:11.40
45th Atara Segree 19:42.80
46th J'Cee Holmes 19:43.60
47th Madison Kauffman 19:46.70
86th Brittany Letts 20:20.30
93rd Sarah Peterson 20:26.40
127th Kaitlyn Henderson 20:56.70