The South Plains College men’s and women’s track and field teams posted top performances in their past two meets of the indoor season.
The Texans and Lady Texans competed in the Tyson Invitational at the Randal Tyson Track Center on the campus of the University of Arkansas on Feb. 8 and Feb. 9. As the meet came to a close, the teams accumulated 23 national-qualifying marks and multiple top-10 finishes among some of the top NCAA Division I athletes.
In the men’s mile run, sophomore Filmon Beyene finished 10th with a time of 4:30.85. In the men’s 400-meters run, freshman Moitalel Mpoke finished 27th with a time of 48.31, earning a national-qualifying mark. Freshman Yusuf Mohammed earned a national-qualifying mark in the men’s 800-meter run, finishing 14th with a time of 1:57.67.
In the men’s 60-meter hurdles qualifiers, freshman Denvaughn Whyms finished 10th with a time of 8.09, earning a national-qualifying mark. Deion Lightfoot also earned a national qualifying mark, finishing 17th with a time of 8.19.
In the men’s distance medley relay, sophomore Andrew Bosquez, freshman Decoven Young, sophomore Jesse Madrid, and freshman Alex Kitum received a national-qualifying mark with their time of 10:30.07.
In the men’s pole vault, freshman Rylan Olguin finished 10th after clearing the bar at 16 feet, 0.12 inches.
In the women’s mile run, freshman Dorcus Ewoi earned a national-qualifying mark, placing fourth with a time of 5:02.31. Freshman Gladys Jemaiyo also earned a national-qualifying mark in the event, crossing the finish line at 5:04.03, good enough for sixth place.
In the women’s distance medley relay, Ewoi, Moore, freshman Itzel Garcia-Santos, and Jemaiyo ran the fastest time in the NJCAA so far this season with a time of 12:19.70, which earned them a national-qualifying mark.
In the women’s 800-meter run, Garcia-Santos earned a national-qualifying mark, finishing 20th with a time of 2:22.85. In the women’s 400-meter run, sophomore Janiel Moore and Elon’a Jones both earned national-qualifying marks. Moore finished 46th, crossing the line at 58.34, while Jones finished 49th with a time of 58.90.
Sophomore Ruth Usoro placed sixth in the women’s long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 5.8 inches, earning a national-qualifying mark.
Competing among multiple NCAA Division I athletes, Jemaiyo set a NJCAA record in the women’s 5,000-meter run during the Charlie Thomas Invitational meet held on Feb. 1 and Feb. 2 in College Station.
Jemaiyo placed third in the race behind two Texas A&M runners. She broke the national record previously set at 16:55.62 by Iowa Central’s Leanne Pompeani in 2016 by four seconds with her time of 16:51.52.
In the men’s 5,000-meter run, Kitum placed sixth with a time of 15:24.86. Beyene posted a time of 15:35.14, good enough for eighth place.
In the men’s 60-meter dash, Olguin placed seventh, posting a time of 7.49.
Sophomore Asani Hylton placed first overall in the men’s heptathlon with a final score of 5,136 points. He placed first in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.18, first in the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 11.25 inches, and fourth in the shot put with a throw of 11.15 meters. He also placed first in the men’s high jump with a mark of 6 feet, 8.25 inches, second in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.56, first in the pole vault with a jump of 15 feet, 1 inch, and second in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 21:53.44.
In the men’s high jump, sophomore Bryson DeBerry placed first with a jump of 6 feet, 10.75 inches. Whymns placed sixth in the men’s long jump with a mark of 23 feet, 7.5 inches.
In the men’s 60-meter hurdles, Whymns placed seventh with a time of 8.11. Mpoke finished ninth in the men’s 400-meter run, posting a time of 48.16.
In the men’s 4×400 meter relay, sophomore Willari Watson, freshman Adrese Atkins, Mpoke, and freshman Noel Hewitt placed seventh with a time of 3:16.43.
Jemaiyo placed third in the women’s 3,000-meter run, posting a time of 9:54.13, while Ewoi finished 18th with a time 10:40.98. Ewoi also finished 13th in the women’s mile run, posting a time of 5:07.26.
Usoro placed fifth in the women’s long jump with a jump of 18 feet, 9.25 inches.
The teams returned to action Feb. 15 at the Texas Tech Invitational in Lubbock on Feb. 15. Results were not available at press time.