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ENMU roundup: Women fall to No. 8 in regional poll


February 19, 2020

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Eastern New Mexico University’s women dropped a bit to eighth in this week’s D2SIDA South Central Regional rankings after splitting a pair of home games over the weekend.

ENMU (17-7, 11-7 LSC) outlasted Texas Woman’s 50-41 on Thursday night, but let a late lead slip away and dropped a 54-52 decision to Tarleton State on Saturday. The Texans were coming off a 52-49 overtime win at third-ranked West Texas A&M on Thursday night.

The Hounds were in a tie for sixth with Tarleton last week. They have been ranked in all 13 polls so far this season.

Unbeaten LSC leader Texas A&M-Commerce (24-0) continues to top the South Central rankings, followed by Lubbock Christian, WT, Colorado Mesa, Tarleton, Colorado School of Mines, Western Colorado, ENMU, Angelo State and Westminster.

ENMU takes its final regular-season road trip this weekend with LSC games at Commerce on Thursday night and at Texas-Tyler on Saturday.

ENMU completes indoor track slate — Senior Mary Rotich, running the event for the first time this spring, captured first place in the women’s 5,000 over the weekend in the Texas Tech Shootout at Lubbock.

Competing on Friday, Rotich posted a time of 17 minutes, 21.62 seconds in the event. Meantime, junior Aminata Kenawani took fourth in 18:31.51 and senior Eveline Cheptoo finished sixth in 18:47.94 for the Greyhounds.

For the men, junior Ivar Moinat placed third in a personal-best 1:50.39 in the 800, moving him into the No. 1 spot this season in Lone Star Conference standings. He finished behind two runners from Texas Tech.

ENMU athletes return to Lubbock this weekend to compete in the LSC indoor championships.

Hounds add midfielder — The ENMU men’s soccer team has announced the signing of midfielder Leon Nelson to a national letter of intent.

Nelson, from Newcastle, England, will be a junior after spending the last two seasons at Urbana Unversity in Ohio. He started all 18 of the Blue Knights’ matches in 2019, scoring three goals including one game-winner.

In high school he played with current Hounds forward Joe Conway.


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