SNYDER — The South Plains College men's and women's cross country teams opened the season Saturday at the Western Texas College Open, with the Lady Texans capping the meet with a first place overall finish.
The Lady Texans placed three runners inside the top five and four in the top 10, as Gladys Jemaiyo, Daisy Kibet, and Dorcus Ewoi went two-three-four in the women's 5k. Jemaiyo led the Lady Texans with a second place finish in 19:13.92, while Kibet took third in 19:41.79, and Ewoi was fourth in 20:10.37.
Itzel Garcia-Santos earned a seventh place finish for the orange and blue in a time of 21:08.64, while Nyia Sena placed 11th in 21:27.51, with Angela Rodriguez crossing the line in 22:16.69, good enough for 14th overall. The Lady Texans racked tallied 26 points with a total time of 1:41:42.23, with an overall average of 20:20.45. New Mexico Junior College took second with a team average of 20:44.27, followed by Ranger College in 23:23.91.
The Texans were unable to place as a team as they competed with just four runners but placed two inside the top five overall. Sophomore standout Alex Kitum used a time of 27:18.59 to take third in the men's 8k, with teammate Abdirizak Ibrahim, a freshman from Amarillo, just a step behind in a time of 27:19.49, good enough for fourth overall.
South Plains will return to the course next weekend at the Texas Tech Open on Sept. 21 at 8:30 a.m. at the Lubbock Christian University Golf Course, followed by a trip to Hobbs on Friday, Sept. 27 for the New Mexico Junior College Open.