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WHITTINGTON, Ill. – Nearly 600 Juco runners from across the country converged on southern Illinois Saturday at the 2012 National Junior College Athletic Association DI Men’s and Women’s Championships, hosted by Rend Lake College.
The sun was shining on men’s overall champion, sophomore Stanley Kebenei of Iowa Central Community College, who ran 25:02 and came in almost a full minute ahead of Central Arizona’s Tod Jackson. Kebenei’s teammate, Abbabiya Simbassa, slipped in two seconds behind Jackson at 25:47.
Central Arizona took home the team championship with 51 points – 1st, 6th, 9th, 13th and 22nd. Jackson led ICCC with a time of 25:45, while teammates Jackson Thomas and Paul Sakit joined him on the All-American stand in ninth and 14th.
Central Arizona's Tod Jackson comes in second.
Other All-Americans were Kebenei, Simbassa, George Gathura (Cloud County), Robert Allen (CC Rhode Island), Darragh Rennicks (Cowley County), Albert Murrey (Lincoln College), Zaid Smart (Spartanburg Methodist), Thomas, Jamal Boma (Iowa Central), Joshua Espinoza (Glendale), Alex Deir (Iowa Central), Chris Zirkle (Garden City), Sakit, and Nico Barrera (Colby). Photo of All-Americans
Spartanburg Methodist came in second as a team, followed by Paradise Valley in third, Colby in fourth, and North Iowa Area in fifth.
In the women’s race, it was South Plains Community College’s sophomore Darroneshia Lott winning it all with a time of 17:48.4. Fiona McKenna, a sophomore from Iowa Central, took second place in 18:04.7, followed by Sharlene Nickle (Western Texas) in third at 18:27.5.
The team title went to Iowa Central with 40 points. Central Arizona took second, followed by South Plains in third, Lansing in fourth and El Paso Community College in fifth.
All-Americans in the women’s race included Lott, McKenna, Nickle, Ebeissa Nyandwi (Iowa Central), Jodi Miller (Iowa Central), Danae McGee (Allen County), Kerry Camberg (Mesa), Dalia Lopez (New Mexico), Fiona Masai (Butler), Catie Byrd (Spartanburg Methodist), Angelica Palomino (El Paso), Gabriela Ruiz (Allen County), Jamie Neal (Iowa Central), Kristy Bono (Essex), and Ekaterina [sic] (South Plains). Photo of Women's All-Americans.