The South Plain's College men's and women's cross country teams traveled to Fort Dodge, Iowa on Saturday for a chance to compete at the NJCAA National Cross Country Championships against nearly 40 teams from across the country.
The men's team captured third place in the 8K run thanks to two top 10 performances from sophomores Hassan Abdi and Kelvin Keter. Abdi finished fifth with a time of 684:32.9, while Keter took seventh with a time of 684:44.6, respectively.
Freshman Nicholas Rotich finished 18th with a final time of 685:32.5 for the Texans, while Atem Akok's time of 685:56.6 was good enough for 26th place. Jose Silva placed 32nd for SPC with a final time 686:00.8, while Omero Rodriguez and Deric Martinez finished 49th and 112th with times of 686:30.5 and 687:54.4, respectively.
Iowa Central was crowned national champions after finishing with an average time of 684:57.6, with Central Arizona College taking second with an average time of 685:10.4.
On the women's side, the Lady Texans took home 14th place in the 5K run with an average time of 20:52.8. Sasha-Gaye Whyte placed 38th after finishing with a time of 19:49.7, with Kassidi Jones finishing 95th with a time of 20:48.2 for South Plains.
Megan Kinsey's time of 20:58.9 was good enough for 107th place, while Dominique Williams placed 116th with a time of 21:11.3.
Lansing Community College took gold in the women's division with an overall average time of 19:09.3, with Iowa Central finishing second and Central Arizona College taking third.