Freshman Dorcus Ewoi was crowned the national champion in the women’s mile run, while the South Plains College women’s track and field team took home the bronze medal in the team standings at the NJCAA National Indoor Championship.
The championship meet was held March 1 and March 2 in Pittsburg, Kansas.
The Lady Texans finished with 63 team points. Barton County placed first in the team standings with 119 points, while New Mexico Junior College placed second with 103 points.
Sophomore Ruth Usoro placed fifth in the women’s 60-meter dash with a time of 7.56, adding four points for the Lady Texans. Usoro also placed second in the women’s triple jump with a jump of 41 feet, 0.25 inches, garnering eight more points.
Ewoi captured the national championship in the women’s mile run with a time of 5:03.16. Freshman Gladys Jemaiyo finished sixth with a time of 5:09.46. The two combined for 13 points in the event.
Jemaiyo and Ewoi also placed second and third, respectively, in the women’s 3,000-meter run. Jemaiyo crossed the line at 10:11.58, while Ewoi finished with a time of 10:12.79.
Jemaiyo placed third in the women’s 5,000-meter run, clocking a time of 17:16.70.
In the 4×800 meter relay, Itzel Garcia-Santos, Nyia Sena, Angela Rodriguez, and Lynda Martinez finished fourth with a time of 9:36.25. In the women’s 4×400 meter relay, Janiel Moore, Patrice Moody, Hanah Mills, and Elon’a Jones added three more points with a time of 3:58.34.
The Texans placed fifth in the team standings with 53 points. Iowa Central placed first with 90.5 points, followed by Barton County (Kansas) with 80 points. Cloud County placed third with 63 points, and Coffeyville (Kansas) finished fourth with 59.5.
Deion Lightfoot added nine points for the Texans by placing third in the men’s 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.04. Denvaughn Whymns finished sixth in the event with a time of 8.13.
In the men’s 60-meter dash, sophomore Willari Watson finished sixth overall with a time of 6.81, adding three points.
In the men’s 6×800 meter relay, Japhet Toroitich, Ulyses Cardoza, Bosquez, and Yusuf Mohammed finished fifth with a time of 7:50.55.
In the men’s 3,000-meter run, freshman Alex Kitum finished seventh, crossing the line at 8:31.79 and earning two points.
Sophomore Bryson Deberry tacked on eight points for the Texans in the men’s high jump, placing second after clearing the bar at 7 feet, 0.50 inches. In the men’s long jump, sophomore Holland Martin placed second with a leap of 25 feet, adding eight points, while Whymns placed third in the event with a mark of 24 feet, 7.75 inches, picking up six points for the Texans.
Martin also placed second in the men’s triple jump and tacked on eight more points with a leap of 51 feet, 5.50 inches. In the men’s pole vault, freshman Rylan Olguin added four points with a fourth-place finish, clearing the bar at 14 feet, 9 inches.