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Cross Country - JCCC women and men finish 5th at the NJCAA Half Marathon Championships


Cross Country - JCCC women and men finish 5th at the NJCAA Half Marathon Championships

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Johnson County Community College women’s and men’s cross country each raced to fifth place finishes at the NJCAA Half Marathon Championships Saturday at the Hugh. S. Branyon Backcountry Trail in Gulf Shores, Ala. It marked the eighth top-5 finish in 13 championships, and the 10th in 11 trips to nationals for the men’s squad. Additionally, all three runners for the women’s squad, and the top two finishers on the men’s team earned NJCAA Coaches All-America honors.

Sophomore Emily Ellis was the top finisher for the women’s team. She finished the 13.1 mile course in 1:30:13 to place 15th overall and earn NJCAA Coaches All-America honors. She is the 15th person to race to All-America honors in team history, and her time ranks the 10-best recorded.

Sophomore Colleen Russell finished just two spots back in 17th, nearly becoming just the fourth runner in team history to earn multiple All-America honors. Russell earned All-American in 2014. She does own two of the top 20 times recorded in team history. Her time this year of 1:31:29 ranks 11th all-time, and her time of 1:33:06 in 2014 now ranks 18th.

Freshman Yulissa DelaTorre was the team’s final participant. She came in 18th place overall with a time of 1:32:07. That effort ranks her 17th on JCCC’s all-time performance list. DelaTorre was the team’s top finisher a week earlier at the NJCAA Cross Country Championships, placing 47th out of 313 runners.

On the men’s side, freshman Kyle McRoberts capped an impressive first season with a 17th place showing, finishing the course in 1:13:39. His time ranks as the 14th best all-time in JCCC men’s history. His effort also marked the fifth time this season he finished as the Cavaliers’ top finisher in a meet.

Two spots back in 19th place was sophomore Edgar Renteria. He finished in 1:13:52 to put in 16th place on the Cavaliers’ performance list.

Sophomore Chryspus Muema was the men’s final competitor, placed 24th overall with a time of 1:15:27. That effort ranks as the 32nd best time ever.


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