Lelei leads Hound runners to second place

Freedom Newspapers

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Senior Nimrod Lelei finished third in a field of 50 runners, leading the Eastern New Mexico University men’s cross country team to a second-place finish in Angelo State’s Blue & Gold cross country meet on Tuesday.

Lelei completed the five-mile course in a time of 27 minutes, 25 seconds, leading four Greyhounds in the top 14. Senior Kennedy Baiywo was next for the Hounds, finishing 10th in 28:14.

Tarleton State swept both team titles, scoring 33 points to 45 for ENMU in five-team men’s competition and finishing with 19 points to 56 for runnerup West Texas A&M in the women’s event.

The ENMU women were led by freshman Krystal Becenti, who finished 13th in 21:10 over five kilometers. The Zias were sixth in the seven-team field with 130 points.

Tarleton State’s Rey Hinojosa was the men’s individual winner in 26:50. Winrose Karunde, who ran unattached, took the women’s race in 17:39.

ENMU, which had not competed since the Lobo Invitational at the University of New Mexico on Sept. 8, returns to action on Oct. 20 in the Lone Star Conference meet at Greenville, Texas.

Blue & Gold Classic
Tuesday at San Angelo, Texas
Men (5 miles)
Team standings: 1. Tarleton State 33; 2. Eastern New Mexico 45; 3. Angelo State 66; 4. UT-Permian Basin 94; 5. Odessa College 135.
Individual winner (50 runners): Rey Hinojosa, Tarleton State 26:50.
ENMU results: 3. Nimrod Lelei 27:25; 10. Kennedy Baiywo 28:14; 12. Dominic Pacheco 28:22; 14. Michael Thomas 28:25; 25. Jacob Wiklund 29:53; 26. Logan Robertson 30:09; 28. Hunter Daniel 30:18; 38. Laine Fuller 31:48.96; 39. Tyson Jex 32:05; 44. Grant Reigelman 33:24.
Women (5K)
Team standings: 1. Tarleton State 19; 2. West Texas A&M 56; 3. Abilene Chrsitian 95; 4. Angelo State 114; 5. Lubbock Christian 126; 6. Eastern New Mexico 130; 7. UT-Permian Basin 154.
Individual winner (46 runners): Winrose Karunde, unattached 17:39.
ENMU results: 13. Jasmine Sanchez 21:10; Krystal Becenti 22:23; 31. Terra Brown 23:44; 34. Danielle Jones 24:15; 36. Lisa Lopez 24:55; 40. Nicole Blackwell 27:00; 44. Brittany Bauer 30:27.