Posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2021. 2:28 pm CST.
Rubén Morales Iglesias: “Thanking everyone who has been a part of this amazing journey. Sometimes the journey begins at the end and not at the beginning EPCC XC Team 2021 Season,” said Belizean runner Brandon Adolphus on Facebook as he arrived at El Paso Community College in El Paso, Texas on a sports scholarship on August 28.
Adolphus from Orange Walk Town said earlier in August that he had been offered a full scholarship to study at El Paso Community College in Texas.
Adolphus said he was approached by Colin Thurton who set him up with El Paso Community College. Thurton is a Belizean who lives in the United States. He represented Belize at the Mexico City Olympics in 1968 and the Montreal Olympics in 1976 and the 1966 Commonwealth Games.
After Thurton’s call, Adolphus spoke with the Felix Hinojosa, athletics director and kinesiology instructor at EPCC, who offered him a full scholarship on behalf of EPCC and asked him to get there by the end of the month.
“Life wasn’t too sweet growing up, but having this opportunity means the world to me,” said Adolphus about the scholarship. “I’m grateful.”
Apart from participating in their Athletics program, Adolphus plans to study Health Science and Kinesiology at EPCC. He already has an Associate Degree in Biology and Natural Resource Management from Muffles Junior College in Orange Walk, but he accepted the EPCC scholarship offer because it affords him an opportunity to fulfill his dream of excelling in athletics.
The El Paso Community College website says EPCC is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association competing in Region V and the Western Junior College Athletic Conference.
On his return, Adolphus said he would like to contribute to athletics in Belize.
Adolphus, who has been running since 2017, was running the 5000m and half marathons, but said he was advised to try the 1500 and 800m.
He won both the 1500m and 5000m at the National Championships held recently. He ran the 1500 in 4 minutes and 15 seconds and the 800m in 2:01. He then represented Belize in the 1500m at Central American Senior Championship in Costa Rica where he clocked 4:03, his personal best.
Though he used to run for the Splash Running Club from Placencia, during the pandemic he started competing in the virtual runs and switched to the Westrac Ltd team.
When running was Government, he became very active competing in events all over the country and representing Belize at the Central American Cross Country in Guatemala and the Central American Senior Athletic Championship in Costa Rica. And all the while improving his time.
Now, he’s going to study science and run for El Paso Community College in the hopes of uplifting his personal and athletic life.
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