LEVELLAND, Texas - The No. 3 ranked South Plains College Texans and No. 4 ranked Lady Texans blasted their Region 5 competition Saturday morning en route to sweeping the team titles Saturday morning. Natoya Goule led the Lady Texans with a second place finish as the SPC women took six of the top 10 places. On the men's side, Kemoy Campbell dominated the race and his teammates also took care of business as all seven Texans finished within the top 10.
Goule, the leading runner for the Lady Texans all season, completed the 5,000-meter course as the runner-up overall with a time of 17:41.57. Her teammates, Lisa Forsberg and Kadian Dunkley, were the third and fourth competitors to cross the line as Forsberg finished with a time of 18:17.22 and Dunkley crossed at 18:24.00.
Kirsten Taylor's time of 18:51.38 was good for a sixth place finish, while Tiffany Matthews was ninth with a time of 19:11.79. LeeAnn Cardona was SPC's sixth finisher, crossing the line tenth in 19:20.33.
The Lady Texans team score of 24 points easily outdistanced El Paso CC for the team title by 19 points.
Florence Ngetich of El Paso CC was crowned the individual champion with a dominating effort of 17:01.65. Ngetich's teammate, Elizabeth Beltran (18:46.50), finished fifth.
The Western Texas College duo of Abigail Gonzalez (18:56.50) and Jessica Rodriguez (19:04.93) crossed the line in the seventh and eighth spots.
Campbell ran to the front of the pack at the beginning of the race and never looked back as he won the race in a time of 24:30.42, leading the SPC men to a sweep of the top four places.
David Westbury (25:47.75) ran a strong race to finish second, while Roblet Muhudin (25:40.72) and David Mogi were third and fourth, respectively.
Sophomore Joey Villarreal (26:16.86) rounded out the near perfect Texan team score with a sixth place finish. The Texans finished the meet with 16 points.
Conroy Crossman (26:03.55) of Western Texas College prevented South Plains College from finishing with a perfect score of 15 points when he split the Texan top five with a fifth place finish.
Jacob Villarreal (26:22.95) and Trevaill Chacon (26:36.53) finished seventh and eighth to help El Paso CC to a second place team finish.
SPC's Isacc Placencia (26:41.81) and Jonathan Lira (26:57.19) also finished within the top 10 with finishes of ninth and 10th, respectively.
"I spoke to the kids on Monday and I told them I did not want to just win, I wanted them to dominate," said SPC assistant coach Frank Barker. "I think they really took that to heart."
Next up are the NJCAA championships, scheduled for November 13th in Spartanburg, S.C.