SOUTH PLAINS, TX – The Monroe Mustangs men’s and women’s cross country teams used the 2014 NJCAA Division I National Cross Country meet in South Plains, TX as their field of dreams, setting new Monroe team and individual marks. As a team the Mustang men placed 12th for the first time in the college’s history and likewise the women set a new standard with a 22nd –place finish. These standings were out of 101 schools from across the nation.
Individually, Monroe sophomore Katleho Dyoyi finished 17th out of 256 runners earning All-American Honors in the process and becoming the first Mustang cross country runner to do so. In addition, his time of 25:35 is a new Monroe national meet record.
The Mustang Women also turned in superb performances placing 22nd overall. In fact, this is the first time ever that Monroe fielded a full component of women cross country runners. Of the six, Chelsea Edwards was the best. Of the 274 female runners, the freshman from Spring Valley finished 45th overall in a time of 19:19, which is a new Monroe record.
“Words can’t begin to express how proud and happy of these individuals I am,” said Head Cross Country Coach Shirvon Greene, himself a former Mustang and a long-time assistant at Monroe. In his first year as head cross country coach, the Mustangs have had their best season ever. “History was made and I am happy to share the success with these outstanding student athletes. This was our main goal for this season and I must say we achieved it and more.”
Monroe men’s results (8K race)
Katleho Dyoyi (25:35)
Shea Coltrain (27:48)
Ronaldo Ball ( 27:49)
Boskhalem Azy ( 29:23)
Alexshandro Rodriguez ( 29:37)
Monroe women’s results (5k race)
Chelsea Edwards (19:19)
Atara Segree (19:53)
J’Renda Rivera (20:31 – Personal record)
Shavon Fields (21:39 – Personal record)
Christina Burgos (22:12)
Jayvona McDaniel (22:36 -Personal record)
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