Track teams open indoor season with noteworthy performance at Red Raider Open

The South Plains College men’s and women’s track and field teams kicked off the 2019 indoor season with multiple top-10 finishes among the 24 colleges in attendence and NCAA Division I athletes.

IMG_0211The meet was held on Jan. 18 at the Sports Performance Center on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

In the men’s 600-yard run, freshman Moitalel Mpoke placed fifth after posting a time of 1:11.22, good enough for a national qualifying mark.   

In the men’s 60-meter dash, former SPC athlete Keion Sutton placed fifth for Texas Tech with a time of 6.75. SPC sophomore Willari Watson was on his heels, placing sixth with a time of 6.76.

In the men’s 60-meter hurdles, freshman Devaughn Whymns placed sixth, posting a time of 8.09 and earning a national qualifying mark. Freshman Deion Lightfoot finished seventh with a time of 8.15, also earning a national qualifying mark.

In the men’s 3,000-meter run, sophomore Andrew Bosquez placed second, posting a time of 8:38.95, and earning a national qualifying mark. Freshman Alex Kitum also hit a national qualifying mark with a time of 8:59.30, good enough for seventh place.

Sophomore Asani Hylton placed fourth and posted a national qualifying mark in the men’s high jump, clearing the bar at 6 feet, 11 inches. Sophomore Bryson Deberry finished seventh after clearing 6 feet, 7 inches.

In the men’s long jump, sophomore Holland Martin placed fifth with a jump of 23 feet, 10 inches, good enough for a national qualifying mark. D’Juan Martin finished eighth, also earning a national qualifying mark, with a jump of 22 feet, 8.5 inches.

Markim Felix earned a national qualifying mark in the men’s shot put with a throw of 51 feet. 5.5 inches, good enough for eighth place.

In the women’s long jump, sophomore Ruth Usoro placed sixth with a jump of 19 feet, 10.75 inches, also earning a national qualifying mark.

In the women’s 3,000-meter run, freshman Lydia Martinez placed sixth, while freshman Angela Rodriguez placed seventh. Martinez posted a time of 11:28.66, and Rodriguez finished with a time of 11:32.57.

Freshmen Gladys Jemaiyo and Dorcus Ewoi placed sixth and eighth, respectively, in the women’s mile run. Jemaiyo earned a national qualifying mark with a time of 5:16.07, while Ewoi earned a national qualifying mark with a time of 5:20.51.

In the women’s 600-yard finals, Janiel Moore earned a national qualifying mark with a time of 1:28.36, finishing 13th.

The teams returned to action on Feb. 1 at the Texas A&M Invitational in College Station. Results were not available at press time.

Author: Kendall Rainer

Freshman at SPC from Georgetown, Texas. Photo Editor for the plainsman press

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