Track teams earn multiple event titles as outdoor season winds down

The South Plains College men’s and women’s track and field teams continue to rack up event titles with only two meets left in the regular season.

Elite decathlete Asani Hylton competed in the 92nd Kansas Relays, presented by RCB Bank at Roch Chalk Park, held on April 17 – April 20 in Lawrence, Kansas.

Hylton took the top spot with 6,548 points after two days of competition in the men’s decathlon. Logan Lamb of Baker University placed second with 6,078 points, and Phil Elliott of North Western Missouri placed third with 5,777 points.

In the first day of competition, Hylton placed first in shot put with a throw of 37 feet, 5.21 inches, adding 571 points. He placed fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.43, tacking on 767 points, and recorded a second-place finish in the long jump with a mark of 22 feet, 1 inch, adding 750 more points. He placed first in the high jump, clearing the bar at 6 feet, 9 inches and accumulating 859 points. He placed second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.87, adding 687 points.   

The next day Hylton placed second in the 110-meter hurdles, crossing the line at 15.66, and tacking on 772 points. He also placed second in discus with a throw of 102 feet, tallying 486 points. In the pole vault competition, Hylton placed second after clearing the bar at 12 feet, 5.5 inches, collecting 562 points. Hylton capped off the decathlon by placing second in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 5:06.78, racking up 521 points.

The track teams competed in the Ross Black Invitational held on April 12 and April 13 at the Ross Black Field of Champions in Hobbs, New Mexico.

The teams grabbed six event titles during the first day of the event. However, they did not compete on the second day, due to inclement weather.

Freshman Scott Frazier placed first place in the men’s pole vault, clearing the bar at 13 feet, 11.25 inches. Hylton placed second in the event after clearing of 11 feet, 11.75 inches.

In the men’s hammer throw, freshman Bryce Spencer placed second with a throw of 131 feet, 5 inches. Sophomore Riley Finnegan placed first in the men’s discus with a mark of 155 feet, 9 feet, while Spencer placed third with a throw of 148 feet, 3 inches.

Three Texans swept the top three spots in the men’s long jump. Sophomore Holland Martin recorded a personal best jump of 25 feet, 11 inches, grabbing first place. Denvaughn Whymns placed second with a mark of 23 feet, 10.75 inches, while D’Juan Martin placed third with a jump of 23 feet, 8.75 inches.

In the men’s 10,000-meters, sophomore Andrew Bosquez placed first, crossing the line at 32:34.54, while freshman Alex Kitum placed second in 33:00.76. Sophomore Filmon Beyene placed first in the men’s 5,000-meters, clocking a time of 15:51.91.

Freshman Gladys Jemaiyo placed first in the women’s 10,000-meters, finishing with a time of 35:40.46. In the women’s 5,000-meters, freshman Angela Rodriguez placed fifth with a time of 19:54.75.

Sophomore Ruth Usoro placed third in the women’s long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 11 inches.

The teams also competed at the Oliver Jackson Twilight meet on the campus of Abilene Christian University, which was held on April 24. Results were not available at press time.