(GILLETTE, WY) – The upstart Trojan Cross Country teams ran in their first Region IX meet this past weekend in Gillette, Wyoming and returned to Alamosa with an individual title, three All-Region awards and two second-place team finishes. They now have a little over a week to get ready to head to El Dorado, Kansas for the 2016 NJCAA National meet.
Sophomore Elias Gedyon continued his stellar season distancing the field by 20 seconds to claim the individual title as the 2016 Region IX Champion. Gedyon ran the 8K in 25:23 to claim the first place medal over Gillette's Aryton Ledesma. Trojan Daniel Haymes was fourth at 26:16. Nick Molina continues to improve this season with a ninth place finish, seconds ahead of teammate Cody Latone. Manuel Villegas ended up in 14th with a time of 28:46. Gedyon and Haymes were both named to the Region IX All-Region team. In the team standings the Trojans were hot on the heels of Gillette. The Pronghorns finished at 23 points; the Trojans were second at 33. Southeast College was third at 70 and Central Wyoming was last.
"Lately we've been having fun and taking care of business when it comes to competing to get ourselves ranked high," Gedyon commented after the race. "Thanks to our coach, she knows exactly how to get us ready. The regional was satisfying. We're getting ready for nationals and we're excited. It's going to be exceptional. We have an awesome group of talented young men. I'm extremely blessed to be part of this group of guys."
The TSJC women's team also finished in second behind the Pronghorns. Gillette finished with 18 points, the Trojans were next at 38 followed by Southeast and Central. Gillette's Ryan Isennock won the individual title with a time of 19:12 in the 5K. TSJC's Winona Martin raced into an All-Region spot at fifth place with a time of 20:33. Wynona Martin was seventh overall, Maria Montes was ninth, Brianna Molina was tenth and Margarita Jones was twelfth overall.
The Trojans will head to the Prairie Trails Golf Course in El Dorado, Kansas on November 12 for the 2016 NJCAA National Championships.