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Runners Compete in the Rockies

—By Laura Nelson on 09/16/2012 Teenie KentTeenie Kent Michelle KentMichelle Kent
Colorado Springs, Colo.—The men's and women's cross country teams of Oklahoma Panhandle State University competed in the Colorado College Invitational Saturday, Sept. 15, in the beautiful North Monument Valley Park in Colorado Springs.

In the women's 5k meet, nearly 100 contestants crowded the course and once again, the Aggie cross country sisters crossed the finish line within two seconds of each other. Teenie Kent edged Michelle with a time of 27:24, earning the women 45th and 46th respectively. Head coach Victor Esparza said, "Michelle and Teenie push each other and both are extremely competitive." Brittany White toured the course in 29:05 and Korie Ham completed it in 30 minutes flat. Megan Matejovsky turned in a time of 32:27, Julie Cross finished at 33:13 and Emily Vasquez came in at 35:18.

The men ran an 8k course and featured another OPSU sibling duo. Gideon Busienei earned 18th place with a time of 28:16 and the nearest Aggie to him was his brother, Mark Tuwei with a time of 29:48 and in 39th place. Other Aggies completing the race and their times were Eddie Fierro, 32:17; Tyler Stephens, 32:41; Felipe Salinas, 35:01; Clint Horton, 35:04; Chris Capinia, 35:36; and Mike Wiebe, 40:27.

Esparza continued, "Everyone ran well this weekend and I believe that we are improving every day. We're taking good steps to realize our ultimate goal of winning Heartland Conference titles."

The teams take a week off from competition before running at New Mexico Highlands in Las Vegas on Sept. 29.