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NMJC's Teresha Jacobs Earns Spot at National Meet

10/30/2016 5:57:46 p.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

[Story by Jason Farmer, Hobbs News Sun]

The New Mexico Junior College women's cross country team got to run one last meet Saturday morning when the Lady Thunderbirds hosted the NJCAA Region V meet at Harry McAdams Park.

"We were excited about running a full team at the regional today," NMJC coach Jeff Becker said. "This year has just kind of been an up and down year as far as with some injuries and some different stuff. This was actually the first time we have run a full group all together and I felt like the ladies really, really ran well."

As a team, the Lady Thunderbirds finished fourth with 84 points. El Paso won the meet with 25 points while South Plains took second with 50 points. Ranger College was third with 73 points.

New Mexico Junior College had one runner finish in the top 10, Teresha Jacobs. The Lady Thunderbird freshman placed eighth overall with a time of 19:38.42.

"It was pretty OK. I liked it,"

Jacobs said. "I have been kind of sick this season, so to recover so soon, I am so proud of myself."

While Jacobs finished eighth overall and earn a spot in the national meet, Becker wasn't sure if NMJC would be entering the freshman. Becker said she had been dealing with injuries all year long.

"Teresha finished in the top 10," Becker said. "Technically that will advance her to nationals. Now we will decide whether we will take her or not, because she was one of them that was dealing with injuries. We may not take her and rest her for the indoor track season."

As for the rest of the Lady Thunderbird runners, only two others finished in the top 20, Cynthia Kipserem and Cassidy Reedell. Kipserem finished 13th overall with a time of 20:49.90 while Reddell was 15th, crossing the finish line at 21:25.31.

"I told myself placing in the top 15 would be good enough," Kipserem said. "That is kind of where I have been at the whole season. I tried to get my own personal best.

There was good competition and I really tried to push myself. I am proud of myself and I think I did good."

Reddell wasn't enthusiastic about the time she turned in, but also acknowledged the tough competition the Lady Thunderbirds faced.

"It definitely wasn't my best run, but I gave it everything I could," Reddell said. "We have had a stiff competition this year. I know South Plains and El Paso have really good teams this year. Ranger also has a pretty good team this year. Its definitely tough this year."

NMJC had three others running, Latavia Coombs, Abbi-gale Butler, and Andrea Grant. Butler's time of 24:04.40 was good for 26th while Grant ran a 24:35.85 to finish 28th. Coombs was 31st turning in a time of 25:49.60.

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