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PHCC Women's Cross Country Team Finishes 13th in the Nation and Achieves First 5K All-American


PHCC women's cross country teamPictured from left are the 2012 PHCC Women’s Cross Country Team: seated: Ariel Grey, Samantha Greenlee, Judith Young, Rachael Patnode, Carmen Zampi, Melissa Schiedenhelm; kneeling: Victoria Morrea, Toni Tomei, Alea Basulto, Marissa Tomei, Christa Acosta; and standing: Kat Matuszko, Ajla Spijodic, Brooke Peters, Jessica Ortiz, Jacki Wachtel, Steve Winterling.

The Pasco-Hernando Community College women’s cross country team finished 13th in the Nation at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Cross-country Meet held at Rend Lake College in Ina, Illinois. The PHCC women’s cross country team headed into the competition with a ranking of 25 and came out with a strong finish to be ranked 13th in the nation.

PHCC cross country runner Samantha Greenlee set a new school record with a time of 19:34. Following Greenlee was freshman Ariel Grey and Jessica Ortiz with 20:29 and 20:48. Closing out the scoring were sophomores Marissa Tomei (21:09) and Ajla Spijodic (21:23). 

“The team was diligent and worked hard to prepare for this year’s National Meet. I was confident we would finish strong,” said Jacki Wachtel, PHCC’s women’s cross-country head coach.

Greenlee also placed 31st overall and 25th American which earns the Coaches All-American honors—the first time in the team’s eight-year history where a cross country athlete has earned those honors at the 5K race. In 2011, PHCC’s Kayla Bratcher earned the honors at the Half Marathon National Meet. 

On November 17, 2012, PHCC’s Samantha Greenlee, Marissa Tomei, Ajla Spijodic and Jessica Ortiz ran in the NJCAA Half Marathon National Championships at South Plains Community College in Levelland, Texas. Greenlee became a two-time All American by placing eighth.

Release date: 
November 28, 2012
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