LEVELLAND – The South Plains College cross country teams had their final preparations before competing at the NJCAA cross country meet next month when they each took second in the team standings at the Region 5 championships hosted in Levelland.
Both men and women's races were close two team battles between South Plains and El Paso.
On the men's side, Antibahs Kibiwott won for the third time this year, completing the 8,000-meter course in 25 minutes, 15.61 seconds, comfortably ahead of the next competitor.
El Paso athletes took the next three spots, but the Texans had a pack consisting of Colton Hollis (25:46.39), Cordaryl Whitehead (25:47.99), and Jose Martinez (25:52.30) that took the fifth, sixth, and seventh spots.
South Plains' fifth runner, Jacob Clark, came in after El Paso's scoring five had completed the course to finish with 26 points.
Clark was 12th overall, finishing with a time of 26:25.25 to help the Texans finish with 31 points.
Kennedy Chumba (27:17.55) and Mike Waller (27:42.44) also competed for the Texans, finishing 15th and 19th, respectively.
The Lady Texans also came only five points shy of winning the team title in a two-team race very similar to the men.
Desreen Montague led the Lady Texans by finishing the 5,000-meter course in 19:15.66. J'Cee Holmes (19:50.16) was the next scoring athlete in fourth.Atara Segree (20:04.80) and Maddie Kauffman (20:16.73) also finished inside the top 10 with eighth and ninth place finishes.
Brittany Letts (20:24.05) was SPC's fifth runner, crossing the line in 12th place.
Next up for the SPC Texans and Lady Texans will be the NJCAA Cross Country Championships scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 9 in Fort Dodge, Iowa.