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.
The 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.