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Rotich paces ENMU women to title at LSC Preview meet


October 21, 2018

CANYON, Texas — If Saturday was a true preview for the Lone Star Conference championship, it’s fair to say Eastern New Mexico’s women are ready to go.

Mercy Rotich won Saturday’s meet at West Texas A&M by more than a minute and a half, and Eastern’s five scoring runners finished in the top 12 overall to give the Greyhounds a 33-point day to edge Cameron for top honors in the five-team field.

The men weren’t as fortunate, with no runner finishing in the top 10 and going fourth out of four scoring teams.

Eastern will head back to Canyon Nov. 3 for the LSC championship meet.

Rotich crossed the finish line in 21:48.65, well ahead of Cameron’s Edna Cheptum (23:23.4). Evaline Cheptoo (23:27.8) was third for ENMU. Other Greyhound women’s finishers were Mason Swanson in sixth (23:54.42), Sierra Quinones 11th (24:38.03), Abby Kepfer 12th (24:41.76), Caroline Bachman 35th (27:10.25) and Esther Kipkoech 43rd (29:29.09).

Garrett Meyer finished 14th in the men’s competition at 27:58.04 to lead the Greyhound men.

Cameron won the meet with 22 points, with three of the top five finishers led by medalist James Najenge at 25:53.19.

Other ENMU finishers were Lorenzo Juarez (29:10.54, 19th), Louis Bolander (29:41.38, 26th), Shane Rinde (30:19.85, 33rd), Adren Soto (30:23.94, 34th) and Abraham Gomez (31:45.64, 42nd).


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