SPC Cross Country Teams Off to a Good Start

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HOBBS, N.M. - The SPC Texans and Lady Texans swept the team titles at the New Mexico Junior College Cross Country Invitational this past Saturday. Coach Beene's Texan squad finished the meet with 19 points after taking five of the top eight spots, while the women finished with 25 points when they put four runners in the top six and their fifth scorer finished tenth.

"I was very pleased with the performances of both teams this weekend," SPC head cross country coach Chris Beene said.

Newcomer Natoya Goule edged sophomore Lisa Forsberg for second place in the Bob Jackson women's 5,000 meter run with a time of 19-minutes, 56-seconds. Forsberg was third overall in 19:57. Kadian Dunkley crossed the line in fourth place with a time of 20:36, while Kirsten Taylor was sixth in 20:58. Tiffany Matthews rounded out the Lady Texan team scoring with a tenth place finish and a time of 22:00. Leeann Cardonaalso competed for the Lady Texans, finishing in 14th place.

David Mogi dominated his first race in a Texan singlet, winning the Ross Black 8,000 meter race by 18-seconds with a time of 27:36. Mogi's teammate, David Westbury crossed the line in second place with a time of 27:54, while Jonathan Lira finished fourth in a time of 28:08.Roblet Muhudin (28:34) and Isacc Placencia (28:38) rounded out the team scoring as they crossed the line in seventh and eighth place. Joey Villarreal also competed, finishing 10thoverall.

Coach Beene feels very good about his teams chances this season after watching them run in their first meet.

"If we can stay healthy this season, then we have a good chance to be competitive at the national cross country championships in November," he said.

The Texans and Lady Texans return to action on Friday, September 17 when they compete in the Texas Tech Invitational held at Meadowbrook Golf Course in Lubbock.