Double Gold: Tritons add more NJCAA hardware

Double Gold: Tritons add more NJCAA hardware

EL PASO, Tex. - Fresh off winning the NJCAA cross country title, the Iowa Central women flexed their even longer distance muscles here Saturday by capturing the NJCAA Half Marathon Championship.

The Tritons won gold for the fifth time in school history, tying the record with El Paso, who finished second this year to Iowa Central. It also marked the third time in the last four seasons that the Tritons have placed first at nationals.

Winrose Chesang made it a clean sweep, as she won the individual race, completing the course in 1:20.03.6. The Top-4 finishers were separated by just 46 seconds total. 

Chesang was eighth last year and was sitting in the middle of a crowded pack until making a dash for the finish. Her time was the second-fastest in school history in the half-marathon. 

With her win, Chesang joins Leanne Pompeani and Adva Cohen as individual champions from Iowa Central. Pompeani was a two-time winner, as the Tritons now have an NJCAA-record four individual half marathon champions. 

Iowa Central teammate Florence Uwajeneza was fifth overall with Eleonora Curtabbi placing sixth. 

Lilian Busienei was 11th and Lilia Alvarez finished 12th.

The Triton men were third overall led by Pur Biel, who crossed hom in 11th. Teammate Chris Levario was 12th, Moise Habineza finished 15th, Eldad Mulugeta was 23rd and Awet Yohannes placed 31st overall. 

El Paso won the men's team title with Vincennes finishing second.