Track teams open outdoor season with top performances

The South Plains College men’s and women’s track and field teams opened the outdoor season by earning multiple event titles in their first two meets.

The teams competed in the Fearless Champions Open held on March 23 on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

In the women’s 1,500-meter run, freshman Dorcus Ewoi placed first with a time of 4:44.20. Freshman Gladys Jemaiyo placed third, posting a time of 4:52.26.

Sophomore Ruth Usoro placed first in the women’s 200 meters, crossing the line at 23.46.

In the men’s 110 meter hurdles, sophomore Deion Lightfoot placed first with a time of 14.30. Not far behind was freshman Decoven Young, who placed seventh with a time of 14.74. Sophomore Brandon Letts placed third in the men’s 100-meter dash, posting a time of 10.43.

In the 400-meter hurdles, Lightfoot placed fifth with a time of 53.09. Japhet Toroitich placed first in the men’s 800 meters, crossing the finish line at 1:56.36.

In the men’s 4,000-meter run, Jesse Madrid placed first with a time of 15:26.85, while Filmon Beyene clocked a time of 15:45.06, good enough for fourth place. In the men’s 1,500-meter run, sophomore Andrew Bosquez placed second with a time of 4:00.93.

Letts, A.J. Pemberton, Adrese Atkins and Willari Watson placed second in the men’s 4×100 meter relay with a time of 40.05.

D’Juan Martin placed fourth in the men’s long jump with a leap of 23 feet, 3.25 inches. Denvaughn Whymns placed fifth with a mark of 22 feet, 7.75 inches.

In the men’s high jump, Bryson Deberry placed second, clearing the bar at 6 feet, 11 inches on his second attempt.

The teams opened the outdoor season by taking three event titles at the Wes Kittley Invitational held on March 16 on the campus of Abilene Christian University.

Bosquez placed first in the men’s 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:59.93. In the men’s 100-meter hurdles, Whymns placed first with a time of 14.39, while Lightfoot placed second with a time of 14.46.

In the men’s 100-meter dash, Willari Watson placed second, crossing the finish line at 10.71.

Alex Kitum placed third in the men’s 5,000-meter run, posting a time of 15:12.28. In the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, Madrid placed third with a time of 9:50.06.

Deberry placed first in the men’s high jump, clearing the bar at 7 feet, 1 inch on his third attempt. In the men’s hammer throw, sophomore Riley Finnegan placed second with a throw of 135 feet, 5 inches.   

Freshman Bryce Spencer placed third in the men’s javelin throw, hitting a mark of 183 feet, 7 inches.

In the women’s 1,500-meter run, Ewoi placed fourth with a time of 4:54.10. Jemaiyo placed third in the women’s 5,000-meter run, crossing the line at 17:41.86.

In the women’s 400-meters, Janiel Moore placed third with a time of 58.58. Freshman Hanah Mills placed fifth with a time of 59.48.

In the women’s javelin, freshman Akira Phillip placed fourth with a throw of 134 feet, 7 inches.