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Szpott takes third at NJCAA national XC meet

Sandra Szpott shows off the medal she won as the third-place finisher at the NJCAA Division I cross country championships.

Sandra Szpott shows off the medal she won as the third-place finisher at the NJCAA Division I cross country championships.

Karen Boehler
NMMI Sports Press

Sandra Szpott made it look easy as she finished in third place at nationals.

Sandra Szpott made it look easy as she finished in third place at nationals.

EL DORADO, Kans. — The course at the Prairie Trails golf course was uphill at the start and uphill at the finish, but that didn’t faze Bronco runner Sandra Szpott, who finished third at the national cross country meet in Kansas Saturday.

Szpott not only came home with a bronze medal, but she did it by running more than a minute faster than she had all year, finishing in 17:45.97.

“And this is a 5K course because it’s nationals,” said coach Jan Olesinski. “So it’s a certified course. And it’s not easy. It’s up and down. The finish is up. She ran an awesome race.”

Katarzyna Rosikon gave it everything she has as she cross the finish line in 19:07, 20 seconds faster than last year.

Katarzyna Rosikon gave it everything she has as she crosses the finish line in 19:07, 20 seconds faster than last year.

“I feel very good,” Szpott said after the finish. “I am very excited and I am in shock because it was a very, very hard course. But I am happy.”

To add to the excitement, the Bronco freshman beat both El Paso Community College runners who finished ahead of her at the regional meet a week ago.

“I’m very glad because they are very good runners,” Szpott said. “I didn’t think I could do it because they beat me in previous races.”

“She beat the two girls from El Paso three weeks ago during a meet, and she lost last week,” Olesinski said. “But I thought she just needed a little more rest. So after last week we got more rest. Had more fun. Had easy practices and it paid off.”

Valeriia Uvarova pushes her way to the finish line.

Valeriia Uvarova pushes her way to the finish line.

That it did.

The day was perfect for a cross country meet, cool but not cold and the course wound up and down on grassy fairways at the golf course. And Szpott wasn’t the only NMMI runner who had a good day. Although the places weren’t as good as last year, the times were better.

“We were closer together,” said sophomore Katarzyna Rosikon, who finished 34th. “You can see the times are really close. I was shocked. When my coach told me at the finish line I got 19:07, I was like, ‘What!?’ and I felt really good on the course.”

Amy Farfan Aguilar came intoi the fnish in a crowd of runners.

Amy Farfan Aguilar came into the finish in a crowd of runners.

Last year, Rosikon finished 25th with a slower time of 19:27.

“That’s why I’m really, really, really, really, really excited,” she said. “I’m really happy.”

Valeriia Uvarova was 93rd in 20:13.02 and Amy Farfan Aguilar was 137th in 20:47.66. That’s out of a field of 314 runners from all across the country.

“We all did really well,” Rosikon said. “Sandra, our hero, she got third place in the nation. It’s like crazy. She’s just a freshman in college and she’s a great runner. Valeriia and Amy did a really good job. We were really prepared for this race. We worked hard all season. We came here prepared and we did great. I bet coach is pretty proud of us.”

He is.

“Everybody ran good times. Everybody tried their best,” Olesinski said.

And while Rosikon, Uvarova and Aguilar will graduate, Szpott will be back next year, this time looking for gold.

“Next year will be better,” she said.

“I hope she stays for one more year,” Olesinski said. “(Colt runner) Sierra (Walker) is coming and maybe we’ll get some more girls. Who knows?”

NMMI results at the NJCAA national meet

Individuals — 3, Sandra Szpott, 17:45.97; 34, Katarzyna Rosikon, 19:07.16; 93, Valeriia Uvarova, 20:13.02; 137, Amy Farfan Aguilar, 20:47.66

Szpott gets third in Region V cross country

Sandra Szpott took third at the Region V cross country meet in Hobbs Saturday. Photo courtesy Jason Farmer, Hobbs News-Sun

Sandra Szpott took third at the Region V cross country meet in Hobbs Saturday, finishing with a time of 18:54. Photo courtesy Jason Farmer, Hobbs News-Sun

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Sandra Szpott received her third-place medal from New Mexico Junior College AD Deron Clark. Photo courtesy Jason Farmer, Hobbs News-Sun

Sandra Szpott received her third-place medal from New Mexico Junior College AD Deron Clark. Photo courtesy Jason Farmer, Hobbs News-Sun

HOBBS — Sandra Szpott didn’t come home with a title, but she did finish third at the Region V cross country championships in Hobbs Saturday, with two other Bronco runners finishing in the top 20.

Coach Jan Olesinski wasn’t disappointed the Bronco didn’t get the crown.

“There were two very good girls from Kenya ahead of her and they ran well,” he said. “Sandra had her best race today, she did her best so it’s not bad leading into nationals.”

The runners who beat her were both from El Paso Community College, which won the team title with an impressive 25 points. Shalet Mitei took first while Rose Jebet, finished second.

Szpott crossed the line in 18:54.8, her best time of the season.

Valeriia Uvarova, left, and Katarzyna Rosikon are just behind NMJC runner Cynthia Kipserem early in the race. Photo courtesy Jason Farmer, Hobbs News-Sun

Valeriia Uvarova, left, and Katarzyna Rosikon are just behind NMJC runner Cynthia Kipserem early in the race. Photo courtesy Jason Farmer, Hobbs News-Sun

Katarzyna Rosikon finished 11th and Valeria Uvarova 17th, each with good times.

“They all improved their times from the last time they ran over there, so it was great,” Olesinski said.

The year’s final meet for the Broncos is the NJCAA National Championships in El Dorado, Kans., Nov. 12.

NMMI results at the Region V meet

Individuals — 3, Sandra Szpott, 18:54.8; 11, Katarzyna Rosikon, :20:16.0; 17, Valeriia Uvarova, :21:09.03

Complete Region V results

Katarzina Rosikon keeps pace with New Mexico Junior College runner Teresa Jacobs. Photo courtesy Jason Farmer, Hobbs News-Sun

Katarzina Rosikon keeps pace with New Mexico Junior College runner Teresa Jacobs. Photo courtesy Jason Farmer, Hobbs News-Sun

Valeriia Uvarova on the course at the Region V XC meet. Photo courtesy Jason Farmer, Hobbs News-Sun

Valeriia Uvarova on the course at the Region V XC meet. Photo courtesy Jason Farmer, Hobbs News-Sun

 

Szpott makes it two in a row in Hobbs

Bronco Sandra Szpott won her second race in as many meets Friday, edging runners from El Paso CC and South Plains for the title.

Bronco Sandra Szpott won her second race in as many meets Friday, edging runners from El Paso CC and South Plains for the title.

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Katarzyna Rosikon and Valeriia Uvarova battle a runner from No. 2-ranked El Paso CC.

Katarzyna Rosikon and Valeriia Uvarova battle a runner from No. 2-ranked El Paso CC.

HOBBS — Sandra Szpott brought home another first-place cross country finish for the Broncos Friday, despite — or maybe because of — running against athletes from the No. 2 and No. 11 ranked teams in the country.

“Sandra had a great race,” said coach Jan Olesinski. “She had to compete a little bit, because of two girls from El Paso and South Plains, they kind of pushed each other.”

Running a 5K on the Rockwind Community Links at the University of the Southwest Invitational — across the street from where she won a title at the NMJC Invite — Szpott finished in 18:58, three seconds faster than her time two weeks ago.

Amy Farfan Aguilar ran a solid race in Hobbs.

Amy Farfan Aguilar ran a solid race in Hobbs.

Katarzyna Rosikon finished ninth, with teammate Valeriia Uvarova just behind in 11th — 12 seconds faster than her last race — while Amy Farfan Aguilar came in 16th.

With only four Broncos running, NMMI couldn’t compete as a team, but Olesinski was pleased with both the course and his team.

Next up for the Broncos is the Region V Championships in Odessa, Texas, Oct. 29.

University of the Southwest Invitational results

Bronco individuals: 1, Sandra Szpott, 18:58; 9, Katarzyna Rosikon, 20:32; 11, Valeriia Uvarova, 20:51; 16, Amy Farfan Aguilar, 21:42

The Bronco cross country team poses for a picture after a successful meet in Hobbs.

The Bronco cross country team poses for a picture after a successful meet in Hobbs.

Szpott leads Broncos to second-place team finish

Sandra Szpott in the pole position about halfway through the first loop of the course.

Sandra Szpott in the pole position about halfway through the first loop of the course.

Karen Boehler
NMMI Sports Press

Coach Jan Olesinski watches as Katarzyna Rosikon passes by with a slight lead over a runner from South Plain College.

Coach Jan Olesinski watches as Katarzyna Rosikon passes by with a slight lead over a runner from South Plain College.

HOBBS — Bronco cross country runner Sandra Szpott led NMMI to a team second-place finish Friday at the New Mexico Junior College Invitational at Harry McAdams State Park. It was the highest team finish for the Lady Broncos in a number of years.

Besides the freshman’s winning run, returners Katarzyna Rosikon and Amy Farfan Aguilar finished in the top 10, with Valeriia Uvarova iust behind in 12th.

Amy Farfan Aguilar pushes through the final straightaway to the finish line.

Amy Farfan Aguilar pushes through the final straightaway to the finish line.

“I thought they ran really good,” said coach Jan Olesinski. “Sandra won, so it’s amazing. I believe it’s the first time we had any college girl win a race.”

And Szpott was pleased with her run.

“I feel very good. I ran well, in my opinion,” she said. “The course was good. It didn’t have a lot of hills and was very runnable.”

Szpott stayed with two South Plains runners for about half the race, then pulled ahead and never again trailed. Rosikon took fifth, pulling away from a University of the Southwest runner just before the finish, while Aguilar was just behind a Mustang.

Also on the final straightaway, NMMI's Valeriia Uvarova digs deep to keep her slim lead on a competitor from SPC.

Also on the final straightaway, NMMI’s Valeriia Uvarova digs deep to keep her slim lead on a competitor from SPC.

Rosikon’s time was 30 seconds better than last year at the same race, and Aguilar was running for the first time as a Bronco without an injury.

Uvarova gave it an extra push at the line, edging an SP Texan, while Francisca Nyarko and Becsave Pacheco, dual-sport athletes who also play tennis for the Broncos, finished in 34th and 35th, with Nyarko passing Pacheco at the finish. Mikayla Lopez took ill along the way and couldn’t finish.

Francisco Nyarko and Becsave Pacheco with just a few yards left until the finish line.

Francisco Nyarko and Becsave Pacheco with just a few yards left until the finish line.

“I think the four girls did an outstanding job,” Olesinski said of his full-time runners. The three tennis players have been busy with fall tourneys, so haven’t had time to practice much, but with that fall season winding down, Olesinski is hoping they’ll move up in the finishes,

“I believe from now on they will be more focused in the weeks before nationals,” he said.

The Broncos will be back in Hobbs Oct. 14 for the University of the Southwest Invitational, hoping to improve on Friday’s times.

NMMI results from the NMJC Invitational

Team — 1, South Plains, 29; 2, NMMI, 39; 3, Lubbock Christian, 63; Sul Ross State, 85

Invididual — 1, Sandra Szpott, 19:01.00; 5, Katarzyna Rosikon, 20:10.00; 9, Amy Farfan Aguilar, 21:10.00; 12, Valeriia Uvarova, 21:39.00; 34, Francisca Nyarko, 26:46.00; 35, Becsave Pacheco, 26:47.00; 36, Mikayla Lopez, DNF

NMJC Invitational results

Bronco runners have solid finishes at Texas Tech

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BrCoCoSidebarLogo2LUBBOCK, Texas — It was an early but good day in Lubbock, Texas, Thursday, for the Bronco cross country team, as they had one runner finish in third place vs. the junior colleges and smaller four-year schools, and still finish 11th when the DI schools were added in.

Running in the Texas Tech Open at the Rawls Golf Course, NMMI freshman Sandra Szpott finished the 6-mile course in 23:04.90, with only runners from DI West Virginia and Texas Tech, NAIA Wayland Baptist and WJCAC foe South Plains ahead of her.

Sophomore Katarzyna Rosikon finished in 24:42.80, 13th in the small school division, with Amy Farfan in 25th and Valeria Uvarova 29th.

Even the three tennis players who run for the Broncos competed well, with Mikayla Lopez 59th; Francisca Nyarko 62nd and Becsave Pacheco 63rd.

“The girls did very well.” said coach Jan Olesinski. “I’m really pleased with how they ran.”

That despite what he said were a number of obstacles.

“It was a golf course with up and down hills,” the coach said. “It was six kilometers instead of five and running at 8 a.m. is hard for the girls because we practice in the afternoon. All these things had an impact on the results, but overall, they competed very well.”

And that, despite the runners coming off the course feeling like they hadn’t done well.

“Everybody said it was a hard race for them and they didn’t feel good and didn’t compete on the level they should have,” Olesinski said. “But they were great. I am proud of how they competed.”

There were no team finishes posted on the Texas Tech web site — possibly because of the split posting between the DI and smaller schools — but NMMI tallied 114 points, just 10 points behind South Plains and well in in front of Odessa.

The Bronco are now off until Sept. 30, when they’ll travel to Hobbs for the New Mexico Junior College Invitational.

NMMI results at the Texas Tech Open:
Team —
NMMI, 114

Individuals: 3 (11), Sandra Szpott, 23:04.90; 13 (27), Katarzyna Rosikon, 24:42.80; 25 (42), Amy Farfan, 25:41.90; 29 (48), Valeria Uvarova, 26:16.30; 59, Mikayla Lopez, 31:24.60; 62, Francisca Nyarko, 32:22.70; 63, Becsave Pacheco, 33:27.30 NMMI, 114

Individuals ‚ 3 (11), Sandra Szpott, 23:04.90; 13 (27), Katarzyna Rosikon, 24:42.80; 25 (42), Amy Farfan, 25:41.90; 29 (48), Valeria Uvarova, 26:16.30; 59, Mikayla Lopez, 31:24.60; 62, Francisca Nyarko, 32:22.70; 63, Becsave Pacheco, 33:27.30