ENMU men post win at South Plains

Freedom Newspapers

LEVELLAND, Texas — Redshirt freshman Felix Boit led five Eastern New Mexico University runners in the top 10 Saturday as the Greyhounds took first place in men’s team standings in the South Plains College Invitational cross country meet.

Boit was the individual winner in 27 minutes, 53 seconds on what was called an 8-kilometer course, although times were a bit slow and ENMU coach Joel McMullen said he suspected that the course may have been a bit more than 8K.

Sophomore Jason Garcia finished second, 10 seconds behind Boit, while senior Orlando Sanchez was third in 28:35. The Hounds finished with 24 team points to 41 for runnerup El Paso Community College. The meet was made up of primarily junior college teams, who were also using the event as a regional meet.

ENMU’s women finished third out of four teams with 50 points, trailing South Plains (39) and El Paso CC (42). Sophomore Joyce Doan finished eighth in an even 21 minutes to lead the Zias.

The Hounds and Zias travel to Weatherford, Okla., next weekend for Lone Star Conference championships, hosted by Southwestern Oklahoma.

“We’re very pleased with what the kids did today,” McMullen said. “We had a hard workout yesterday, so we were using this meet as a tuneup for next week.”

Originally, ENMU had been scheduled to participate in the Chili Pepper Festival at the University of Arkansas this week, but McMullen said he recently made the switch because of travel considerations.

Volleyball — At Denton, Texas, Southeastern Oklahoma finished the fifth game on an 11-3 run and the Lady Savages rallied from a 2-1 deficit in games to beat Eastern New Mexico University 30-26, 25-30, 22-30, 30-24, 15-9 on Saturday in the Lone Star Conference’s second crossover tournament, hosted by Texas Woman’s.

Earlier Saturday, Midwestern State defeated the Zias 30-13, 30-12, 24-30, 30-16.

Olivia Franceskini had 27 kills and 18 digs for Southeastern (14-12), which dominated the fourth game and then erased a 6-4 ENMU lead with its strong finish in the finale.

Junior middle blocker Grace George had 22 kills, seven block assists and 11 digs for the Zias (6-15), who dropped all four of their matches in the two-day event. Rhea Wortman added 15 kills and a match-high 23 digs while Lindsay Schiely had 14 kills, nine block assists and nine digs and Kristen VanWettering chipped in 10 kills and 17 digs.

In the earlier match, Kate Pence’s 20 kills led four players in double figures in that category for Midwestern State (19-8). Those four players combined for 55 kills against just 12 attack errors.

Schiely had nine kills for ENMU.