Women's Cross Country & Half Marathon

Iowa Central and El Paso crowned co-national champions


ORANGE BEACH, Ala. – Finishing in a tie with 16 points each from their respective qualifying runners, Iowa Central and El Paso (Texas) were crowned co-champions of NJCAA women’s half marathon Saturday at Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail.

  • Iowa Central sophomore Leanne Pompeani successfully defended her individual title with a time of 1:18:14 and now holds two of the top four times in the history of the championship race.
  • The Tritons placed all three of their qualifying runners in the top 10.
  • Agnes Mansaray finished fifth with a time of 1:24:00, while Aaliyah Regg Wajid took 10th in 1:27:57.
  • The Triton women now have three NJCAA titles (2011, 2012, 2016) – and now trail just El Paso and Johnson County (Kan.) for most all-time.
  • El Paso was led by Rose Jebet’s runner-up finish in 1:20:57.
  • Finishing in 1:21.32, Shalet Mitei added another top five finisher to the Tejanas’ performance.
  • Shelly Jeruto rounded out El Paso’s performance with a time of 1:28:11, placing 11th.
  • El Paso claims its fourth national title – third in four years – tying Johnson County (Kan.) for most all-time in NJCAA women’s half marathon.
  • Allen County (Kan.) finished third with 26 points, followed by 38 from fourth-place South Plains (Texas).
  • Kaitlyn Shoemaker’s 1:22:09 effort contributed a fourth-place finish to Allen County’s score.

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