The South Plains College men’s and women’s track and field teams started the 2018 indoor track season off by earning 26 national-qualifying marks while competing at the Red and Black Open.
The meet was held on Jan. 26 at the Sports Performance Center on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock
Sophomore Omotayo Abolaji placed sixth in the women’s 60-meter run with a time of 7.76, earning a national qualification. Abolaji earned a second qualification in the women’s 200 meters with a time of 25.08, finishing eighth overall.
In the women’s 400 meter finals, sophomore Natassha McDonald placed first overall and earned a national qualification with a time of 55.09. In the mile run, two SPC runners placed in the top 10, as sophomore Seselia Dala placed fifth overall with a time of 5:12.40, where sophomore Leslie Romero placed 10th with a time of 5:25.52.
Dala and Romero also earned national qualifications in the women’s 3000-meter run. Dala placed second overall with a time off 10:40.18, while Romero placed fourth after crossing the finish line with a time of 10:58.72. In the women’s 60-meter hurdles, freshman Patrice Moody earned a national qualification and placed third overall with a time of 8.93.
Freshman Janiel Moore, Moody, Hughes, and McDonald competed in the women’s 4×400 meter relay, earning a national qualification and a second-place finish with a time of 3:49.01.
Freshman Ruth Usoro placed first in the long jump, earning a national qualification, with a mark of 19-feet, 8 inches. Frehsman Cha’Kaylin Gilbert earned a national qualification with a mark of 17-feet, 11 inches, placing sixth overall.
In the men’s competition, Brandon Letts and Andre Edwards placed in the top 10 in the men’s 60-meter run. Letts placed fifth with a time of 6.91, while Edwards was close behind in sixth with a time of 6.94. Edwards also placed fourth in the men’s 200-meter run with a time of 22.15, while Keion Sutton placed sixth with a time of 22.40.
Sophomore Junior Charles placed first in the men’s 400-meter run with a time of 47.95, earning a nation qualification. Jordan Atkinson placed fourth in the same race with a time of 49.93. Montel Hood and Dekaryea Freeman both earned national-qualifying marks in the men’s 800-meter run. Hood placed third with a time of 1:57.40, and Freeman was close behind in fourth place with a time of 1:57.47.
SPC had three runners in the top 15 in the men’s mile run. Andrew Bosquez earned a national qualification with a second-place finish and a time of 4:18.53. Jesse Madrid finished 12th with a time of 4:34.57, and Filmon Beyene finished 15th with a time of 4:36.24.
Two teams from SPC competed in the men’s 4×400 meter relay. Charles, Willari Watson, Atkinson, and Hood, placed second with a time of. 3:11.96, while William Watson, Myles Scott, Freeman, and Rayan Holmes placed sixth with a time of 3:21.03.
In the high jump, freshman Asani Hylton cleared the bar at 6-7.5, earning a national qualification and placing third overall.
In the men’s pole vault, freshman Parker Wood cleared the bar at 14-5.25, placing fifth overall and earning a national qualification. In the men’s long jump, D’Juan Martin placed fourth with a jump of 21-11.75, while Jonathan Witt finished sixth with a jump of 21-4.
In the men’s triple jump, Danylo Molchanov placed second with a jump of 49-6.25, earning a national qualification. Freshman Markim Felix placed first overall in the men’s shot put with a throw of 49-11.75, earning a national qualification as well.