(HAYS, Kan.) - A wet, difficult course didn't faze the Trojan Cross Country team as they had another great showing at the annual Tiger Open hosted by Fort Hayes State University. The Trojan women finished in fourth place and the men took third in the Black division races featuring many NJCAA and four-year NAIA schools. The men's team ran without sophomore Daniel Haymes, who competed as an individual in the Gold Division race against some top NCAA runners.
The women were up first, they finished fourth out of 14 teams behind fellow JUCO Colby CC, and NAIA schools St. Mary and Friends. For Trinidad State, Toni Moore continued her fantastic freshman season taking third overall with a time of 18:49.5 in the 5K. Also finishing strong for the Lady Trojans were Benadine Chelimo in sixth place, Margarita Jones in 22nd, and Maria Montes in 31st.
"I'm really pleased with our ladies team effort", Coach Masterson praised. "Maria Montes and Maggie Jones really stepped up for us today."
Garden City's Sandra Szpott won the race with a time of 17:46.4.
On the men's side, the team finished third with a total of 96 points, behind Allen County CC and Colby CC. Derek Holdsworth led the Trojans with a time of 26:39.9 in the 8K. Godfrey Chama finished 33rd and Miguel Baltazar crossed 41st. Daniel Haymes then ran in the Gold division 8K against runners from Adams State, Western State and other top NCAA schools. Haymes finished ninth overall with a time of 25:37.3, his best time of the season so far.
"The men are getting better each meet. We have been strong up front from the beginning, but Godfrey Chama and Miguel Baltazar took a big step for us this week."
The Cross Country season is nearing the finish line with the Region IX meet up next on the schedule. The Trojans will take a short rest before hosting the rest of the Region IX schools, and a few RMAC schools, in the conference championship on October 28. The meet will take place at the Cattails Golf Course in Alamosa. From there the Trojans will head to the NJCAA National Championships in early November.