No. 23 NIACC women set to compete at regionals

NIACC's Keisha Gonzague runs at the Trent Smith Invitational on Oct. 13. Gonzague was an honorable mention all-region performer in 2016.
NIACC's Keisha Gonzague runs at the Trent Smith Invitational on Oct. 13. Gonzague was an honorable mention all-region performer in 2016.

FORT DODGE - The No. 23 NIACC women's cross country team will compete in the 2017 NJCAA Region XI meet on Sunday at the Lakeside Municipal Golf Course.

The men's 8-kilometer race starts at 11 a.m. and the women's 5K race starts at noon.

A total of four women's teams in the regional meet are ranked in the latest NJCAA Division I poll. Iowa Central is ranked No. 1, Iowa Western is No. 17, Indian Hills is No. 22 and the Lady Trojans are No. 23.

The NIACC women placed third at the 2016 regional meet in Mason City with 95 points. Iowa Central won the regional meet for the 13th straight season with 17 points and Iowa Western was second with 66 points.

NIACC's Amy Fullerton and Keisha Gonzague both earned honorable mention all-region honors at the 2016 meet. Fullerton was 23rd in 21 minutes, 18 seconds and Gonzague was 24th (21:22).

NJCAA Region XI Cross Country Meet Facts

Where - Lakeside Municipal Golf Course, Fort Dodge, Iowa.

When - Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017.

10:45 a.m. - National Anthem and flag ceremony.

11 a.m. - Men's 8K race

Noon - Women's 5K race

2 p.m. - Awards and banquet in Triton Café on Iowa Central campus.

WHAT'S NEXT?

The NJCAA Division I national cross country meet is set for Nov. 11 in Fort Dodge.

REGIONAL AND COURSE RECORDS

Women's 5K regional record - Iowa Central's Viola Kebenei 17:25 (2014 in Emmetsburg).

Women's 5K course record - Iowa Central's Leanne Pompeani 17:21 (2015).

Men's 8K regional record - Iowa Central's Elisha Kipruto 24:20 (2014 in Emmetsburg).

Men's 8K course record - Gilbert Kigen (Central Arizona) 23:55 (2015).