The TJSC Men’s and Women’s cross-country

The TJSC Men’s and Women’s cross-country teams include, back row (L-R) Coach Kyle Masterson, Aldo Zavala-Flores, Andy Setser, Brayan Flores-Gomez, Ethan Coyhis, Alejandro Salazar, Dante Ritter, Joshua Dean, Jordan Sierra, Micah Stanton, Thomas Termote and Conner Dosmann. And front row (L-R) Coach Lauren Masterson, Chaunelle Penn, Ashley Lagat, Sheilah Cheruiyot, Ashlee Ferrari, Jayceen Booth and Sharon Jesang.

The Trinidad State Trojans hosted the Region 9 Championships cross-country meet on Halloween in Alamosa and captured a pair of titles.

The Trojans will head to the NJCAA National Championships in Fort Dodge, Iowa, on Saturday, Nov. 14, next.

Cross-country remained the only sport on the Trojans’ calendar this fall with the National Junior College Athletics Association’s (NJCAA) schedule adjustments amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The meet started with the men’s eight-kilometer race. Trojans’ Micah Stanton and Thomas Termote came off on the right foot and took an early lead in the race.

Stanton stretched his edge over the pack in the final three kilometers, securing the men’s region title with an impressive 26:26.1 time in the race.

In close pursuit was Termote, running a personal best 27:02.4 to claim second place for the Trojans.

Completing the podium sweep was Andy Setser, who made up ground to move from sixth to third to give the Trojans the top three individual spots.

For the Trojans it is their third Region 9 Championship in a row. They edged second-place competitor, Colorado Mountain College, by 21 points.

“Our men did a great job taking control of the race from the onset. Micah and Thomas did a great job, as expected. I was especially proud of Andy and Ethan Coyhis stepping up and solidifying a big win for our team,” said Head Coach Lauren Masterson.

Success for the Trojans did not end with the men’s teams sweep. Following that race, the Lady Trojans kicked off their five-kilometer race strong, as three Trojan runners again jumped out to an early lead.

Sharon Jesang, Sheilah Cheruiyot and Ashley Lagat, led throughout the race. After Jesang hit the halfway point she grabbed another gear stepped out to take home the Region Championship.

After Jesang’s finish, Lagat grabbed second, Cheruiyot took third and the Trojans took their second podium sweep.

The Trojans again overwhelmed the second-place competition, Colorado Mountain College, by 18 points.

“The ladies had a dominating performance,” said Masterson. “From the very start our ladies got to the front and never relented. You cannot pick a performance of the day. We had great races top to bottom from these ladies.”

Masterson also brought home both the men’s and women’s Coach of the Year awards for the region. She now has six awards in that category in five seasons as the head of the Trojan program.

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