Freshman Flomena Asekol Kicks off the T-Bird Cross Country Season with Win at UNM Invitational

Freshman Flomena Asekol Kicks off the T-Bird Cross Country Season with Win at UNM Invitational

New Mexico Junior College

Cross Country

Meet: UNM Invitational 

Date: August 31st, 2019

Distance:       Women- 5K

                        Men- 5K


TEAM RESULTS:           Women

                     1          University of New Mexico                  40 pts.

                     2          New Mexico State                               51 pts.

                     3          UTEP                                                    74 pts.

                     4          NMJC                                                  84 pts.

                     5          Mesa CC                                              125 pts.

                     6          University of the Southwest                175 pts.



                        1          University of New Mexico                  29 pts.

                        2          UTEP                                                    48 pts.

                        3          New Mexico State                               71 pts.

                        4          Dukes Track Club                                121 pts.

                        5          Mesa CC                                              123 pts.

                        6          NMJC                                                  127 pts.

                        --          University of the Southwest                NTS


The NMJC Thunderbird Cross Country team opened up the 2019 season as the UNM Invitational. This meet marked the return of the men's program to NMJC. "We were very excited to have the men's team back and competing here at NMJC" commented Coach Jeff Becker

The women finished 4th as a team easily outdistancing the only other junior college at the meet. The men finished 6th just 4 points behind the other junior college team. "The ladies overall had a good first meet and beat Mesa CC the other junior college at the meet" added Coach Becker. He continued to state "We would have liked to get Mesa on the men's side, but came up just short." "We have a good men's team, but with all freshman there will be a learning curve, look for us to get better each week." 


Individual Results:


1st        Flomena Asekol           17:18               Individual Champion/ 2nd All-Time at NMJC  

18th      Montserret Rios          19:58                          

22nd     Gladys Koech               20:11              

27th      Doris Kitoney               20:56              

28th      Britnie Dixon               21:28              

32nd     Nautica Stricklin          22:17              

43rd      Kayce-Ann Plummer   25:01              



15th      Victor Kibet                                         16:16

20th      Victor Saldana                                     16:23

23rd      Baptiste Derpil-Dupree                       16:31

39th      Lloyd Frilot                                          17:17

43rd      Devis Cheruiyot                                   17:36

47th      Patrick Colborn                                   17:41

52nd     Eli Ortiz                                               18:20

53rd      Chris Hoselton                                     18:46

56th      Javon-Taye Williams                           19:13

57th      Oscar Laris                                          19:18

58th      Nick Soliz                                             21:51


Freshman Flomena Asekol ran a great race winning the UNM Invitational against tough competition. Her time is the second fastest 5k cross country time in NMJC history. "I am very proud of Flomena" commented Coach Becker. "She ran a great race and is working very hard, I am excited to see how she progresses this season" added Becker. The only sophomore on either team, Montserret Rios had a great run. "Montse put in the work over the summer and it shows" commented Coach Becker.

On the men's side, Victor Kibet lead the team with a 15th place finish. Also finishing in the top 30 were Hobbs native, Victor Saldana and French runner, Baptiste Derpil-Dupree.

NEXT UP: The T-Birds will have a weekend off and then will compete at the Western Texas Invitational in Snyder, Texas on Saturday, September 14th.    


Complete meet Results: