The South Plains College men’s and women’s track and field teams prepared for the upcoming National Junior College Athletic Association Indoor National Championship meet by adding to their list of national-qualifying performances.
The track and field teams competed at the Texas Tech Matador Qualifier at the Texas Tech Sports Performance Center in Lubbock on Feb. 16.
Andre Edwards and Keion Sutton both placed in the top 10 in the men’s 60 meters. Edwards ran a 6.83 and placed first, while Sutton ran a 6.85 and placed sixth. Jordan Atkinson finished 10th in the men’s 200 with a time of 21.48.
In the men’s 600 meters, the Texans had three runners place in the top seven. Montel Hood placed second with a time of 1:19.65. Ian Gonzales earned a mark of 1:20.82, placing sixth, while Dekeryea Freeman placed seventh with a time of 1:21.15.
In the men’s 1,000 meter run, freshman Andrew Bosquez crossed the finish line with a time of 2:23.53, a personal best for Bosquez and the 12th fastest time in the country. Freshman Ulises Cardoza also set a personal best with a time of 2:34.97, placing fifth overall, while sophomore Felix Kosgei ran a 2:35.34, placing sixth.
In the men’s mile run, Benjamin Ronoh posted a time of 4:26.96 to place seventh overall. Filmon Beyene and Jesse Madrid placed in the top 10 in the men’s 3,000 meters. Beyene placed sixth with a time of 9:05.29, and Madrid placed seventh with a time of 9:13.03.
William Watson placed second overall in the men’s 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.98. Watson ranks fourth in the country in the men’s 60 hurdles with a time of 7.91.
In the men’s 4×400 relay, Atkinson, Watson, Rayan Holmes, and Hood grabbed first place with a time of 3:12.87. The team is ranked fourth in the country with a time of 3:12.40, which they earned at the Texas Tech Red and Black Open on Jan. 26 in Lubbock.
Freshman Zach Marshal placed second overall in the men’s high jump, clearing the bar at 6 feet, 9.5 inches on his third attempt. In the men’s pole vault, freshman Parker Wood placed third overall with a height of 15 feet, one inch. Wood ranks third in the country with a height of 15 feet, 7.75 inches.
Freshman Danylo Molchanov set a personal best in the men’s triple jump with a jump of 49 feet, 9 inches on his fourth attempt, and placed first overall with the second best jump in the country. In the men’s shot put, Markim Felix recorded a throw of 50 feet, 10.25 inches.
In the women’s 200 meters, sophomore Natassha McDonald finished eighth overall with a time of 24.59. Sophomore Ashley Hughes placed fifth in the women’s 600 meters with a time of 1:38.62, while freshman Janiel Moore posted a time of 1:39.37, placing seventh. Sophomore Seselia Dala placed fourth in the women’s 1,000 meters with a time of 3:02.78, the fourth fastest time in the country.
In the women’s 60-meter hurdles, freshman Patrice Moody crossed the line in 8.68, finishing ninth overall.
Freshman Jelena Rowe placed first in the women’s high jump with a mark of 5 feet, 11.5 inches. Rowe went into the meet ranked first in the country with a mark of 6 feet, 0.5 inches. Sophomore Bosi Mosongo set a personal best in the high jump by clearing 5 feet, 3.75 inches and placing 10th overall.
In the women’s long jump, freshman Ruth Usoro hit a mark of 18 feet, 7 inches, placing third overall. Cha’Kaylin Gilbert finished fourth overall with a jump of 18 feet, 4.25 inches.
The men’s and women’s track and field teams competed in the NJCAA National Indoor Championship meet, which was held March 2 – March 3 in Lubbock at the Sports Performance Center. Results were not available at press time.