SIPI Runners Win National ChampionshipNov 15th, 2001 | By tcj | Category: 13-2: The Power of Partnerships, Tribal College News
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) sent a team to the National Junior College Athletic Association competition in Levelland, TX, in June and came back with the marathon team title. This was SIPI’s fourth championship, preceded by victories in 1994, 1997, 1998, and 1999 for the Bureau of Indian Affairs college in Albuquerque, NM.
The victory this year was especially remarkable because several of the SIPI runners were rookies. One of the school’s runners, Jason King, 28, had been out of school for more than a decade. He had been an all-state runner at West Mesa High School in Albuquerque. Another student, Reuben James, had never run competitively until this year. Joey Franklin of Shiprock, a freshman, finished fourth overall. SIPI had four of the top 10 finishers: Franklin, King in sixth place, freshman Greg Concho of Acoma Pueblo, NM, in ninth place, and James in tenth place.
James, a 21-year old from Chinle, AZ, told the West Side Journal that he had always been a recreational runner but never ran as part of a team. “I was born for running,” he said. The SIPI coach is Mike Daney.