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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.

Track teams add 64 national qualifiers in first three meets

The South Plains College men’s and women’s track teams started the outdoor season with strong showings in their first three events meets.

The teams have combined for a total of 64-national-qualifying marks for the season so far, following the David Noble Relays on April 7.

The Texans and Lady Texans earned six event titles and added to their list of national qualifiers during the David Noble Relays at LeGrand Stadium in San Angelo.

In the men’s 100-meter finals, Andre Edwards set a personal best with a time of 10.13, good enough for second place. Brandon Letts also set a personal best in the event with a sixth-place finish and a time of 10.52. Both sprinters earned national-qualifying marks.

In the men’s 200-meter finals, Junior Charles placed fourth with a personal-best time of 21.16, earning a national-qualifying mark with his run. Jordan Atkinson also earned a national-qualifying mark, placing sixth overall with a time of 21.61.

The Texans had three runners in the men’s 800-meter finals, as freshman Andrew Bosquez placed third with a time of 1:59.56, while Ulises Cardoza and Leo Michel finished ninth and 10th, respectively. Cardoza finished with a time of 2:10.26, and Michel finished with a time of 2:11.30.

In the men’s 110-meter hurdles, William Watson earned a national-qualifying mark with a time of 13.93, placing second overall. Mason Weh placed fourth in the event with a time of 14.01, also earning a national-qualifying mark. In the men’s 400-meter hurdles, sophomore Myles Scott placed fifth with a time of 55.41.

Freshman Filmon Beyene placed third in the men’s 5000 meters with a time of 15:25.13. In the men’s 3000 steeplechase, sophomore Felix Kosgei placed first overall and earned a national-qualifying mark with a time of 9:37.25. Benjamin Ronoh placed third with a time of 10:18.77, while Jesse Madrid placed fifth with a time of 10:33.22.

In the men’s 4×100 relay, Letts, Edwards, Keion Sutton and Willari Watson earned a national-qualifying mark, placing first with a time of 40.21, a season best for the team. In the men’s 4×400 relay, Watson, Scott, Gonzales and Jonathan Witt placed second with a time of 3:11.93. Both relay teams earned national-qualifying marks with their runs.

Sophomore James Willingham placed second in the men’s high jump, clearing the bar at 6 feet, 10.75 inches. In the men’s long jump, D’Juan Martin placed fourth with a mark of 23 feet, 9.5 inches, while Danylo Molchanov set a mark of 23 feet, 7.5 inches, placing fifth and earning a national-qualifying mark. Molchanov also earned a national-qualifying mark in the men’s triple jump, with a leap of 50 feet, 10.25 inches, and placed first overall.

For the Lady Texans, sophomore Omotayo Abolaji placed first in the women’s 100-meter dash, earning a national-qualifying mark with a time of 11.66. In the women’s 200 meters, freshman Ruth Usoro earned a national-qualifying mark, placing second with a time of 24.10, while sophomores Agnes Abrocquah and Ashley Hughes placed fourth and fifth, respectively. Abrocquah earned a national-qualifying mark with a time of 24.35, while Hughes also earned a national-qualifying mark with a time of 24.47.

In the women’s 400-meter hurdles, Janiel Moore placed second with a time of 1:02.14, earning a national-qualifying mark.

In the women’s 1500 meters, sophomore Seselia Dala earned a national-qualifying mark with a time of 4:52.18, placing second overall.

In the women’s 4×100 relay, Abolaji, Abrocquah, Usoro and Patrice Moody placed fifth with a time of 46.08, earning a national-qualifying mark.

In the women’s high jump, freshman Jelena Rowe cleared the bar at 5 feet, 11.25 inches, earning a national-qualifying mark. Sophomore Cha’Kaylin Gilbert placed fourth in the women’s long jump, earning a national-qualifying mark with a jump of 18 feet, 10 inches. In the women’s discus, Jannia Price placed ninth with a mark of 147 feet, 5 inches. Price also placed ninth in the women’s javelin with a mark of 107 feet, 3 inches.     

The SPC men’s and women’s track and field teams competed in the 91st annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on March 28 – March 31 at the Mike A. Meyers Stadium in Austin.

The Texans and the Lady Texans competed in all four days of the competition, adding many qualifying marks to the list. Despite the stiff competition from NCAA Division I athletes, SPC athletes competed at their best, including a strong performance by Fabian Edoki, who placed fourth in the men’s long jump with a mark of 26 feet.IMG_2935

On the first day of the Texas Relays, Asani Hylton placed sixth in both the men’s long jump and high jump in the decathlon competition. He posted a mark of 23 feet, 2.75 inches in the long jump, and cleared the bar at 6 feet, 4.75 inches in the high jump. Hylton also competed in the men’s 100-meter dash and 400 meters, finishing 10th in both events. Hylton posted a time of 11.02 in the 100 and 50.01 in the 400.

Sophomore Patrick Johnson also competed in the men’s 100-meter dash and the men’s 400 meters, posting a time of 49.04 and placing sixth in the 400. He posted a time of 10.98 in the 100, finishing eighth.

  On day two, Hylton and Johnson wrapped up the two-day decathlon, finishing 12th and 14th overall, respectively. Hylton finished with a total of 6,699 points, while Johnson tallied 6,095 points.

In heat 6 of the women’s 400-meter hurdles, freshman Janiel Moore earned a national-qualifying mark with a time of 1:04.15.

In the men’s 400-meter hurdles, sophomore William Watson earned a national-qualifying mark in heat nine with a time of 52.09, placing third overall. In heat six, Scott earned a national-qualifying mark with a fifth-place finish and a time of 54.01.

In the men’s 1500 meters, Hylton finished sixth, earning a national qualification with a time of 4:50.23. Hylton placed eighth in the men’s javelin throw with a mark of 162 feet, 8 inches.

Johnson set a personal best in the men’s 110-meter hurdles, placing third overall with a time of 14.72. Bosquez earned a national-qualifying mark in the men’s 5000 meters with a time of 14:49.00.

On day three, the Texans and Lady Texans added to their list of national qualifiers, and set several personal bests.

Letts, Sutton, Edwards, and Willari Watson earned a national-qualifying mark in the men’s 4×100 meter relays, with a time of 41.24 and placed fifth overall.

In the men’s long jump, freshman Holland Martin placed first overall, setting a personal best with a jump of 25 feet, 4.5 inches. Martin also placed ninth in the men’s triple jump with a jump of 49 feet, 8.5 inches.

William Watson placed fifth in heat five in the men’s 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.25, earning a national-qualifying mark.

In the women’s 100 meters, Abolaji earned a national-qualifying mark, placing sixth overall with a time of 11.90 in heat four. The women’s 4×400 meter relay team of Abrocquah, Hughes, Moore and Natassha McDonald clocked a time of 3:04.49, placing sixth overall and earning a national-qualifying mark.

In the men’s 4×400-meter relay, the Texans finished ninth as Charles, Jordan Atkinson, Ian Gonzales, and Hood earned a national-qualifying mark with a time of 3:10.64.

On the last day, the Texans wrapped up with strong finishes all around.

The Texans finished with a fifth-place finish in the finals of the men’s 4×400-meter relay, as Charles, Atkinson, Gonzales and Hood clocked a time of 3:08.23.

The Lady Texans ended the meet with a sixth-place finish in the women’s 4×400, as Hughes, Moore, Abrocquah and McDonald posted a time of 3:42.29.

The teams started the outdoor season at the Wes Kittley Invitational at Abilene Christian University on March 26.

The Texans started the event strong, as Edoki set a record for the country this year in the men’s long jump with a leap of 26 feet, 7 inches on his third attempt. He placed first overall, earning a national-qualifying mark.

Molchanov hit a mark of 23 feet, 2.5 inches in the long jump, placing in the top 10. Molchanov grabbed first place in the men’s triple-jump with a mark of 50 feet, 5.25 inches.

Freshman Markim Felix placed first overall in the men’s javelin, also setting a school record with a throw of 239 feet, 7 inches. Hylton placed third in the event with a mark of 182 feet, 4 inches. Johnson placed seventh with a mark of 136 feet, 11 inches.

The Texans had three national qualifiers in the men’s 400 meters. Charles placed second with a time of 46.98, Hood placed third with a time of 47.33, and Atkinson finished fifth with a time of 47.61.

In the men’s 1500 meters, Bosquez placed second with a time of 4:01.40, earning a national-qualifying mark. Beyene placed sixth in the men’s 5000 meters with a time of 15:40.12.

Weh placed second in the men’s 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.91, while Watson placed third with a time of 14.12, earning national-qualifying marks. In the men’s 400-meter hurdles, Scott placed fifth overall with a time of 54.26 and earned a national-qualifying mark.

In the men’s 3000 steeplechase, Kosgei placed first with a time of 9:45.46, earning a national-qualifying mark. Jesse Madrid placed fourth with a time of 10:20.73, and Benjamin Ronoh placed fifth with a time of 10:26.85.

The men’s 4×400 relay team of Scott, Holmes, Watson and Dekaryea Freeman placed fifth with a time of 3:15.14, earning a national-qualifying mark.

In the men’s high jump, freshman Bryson Deberry placed second with a jump of 6 feet, 6.75 inches.

For the Lady Texans, Abolaji finished second in the women’s 100-meter dash with a time of 11.80, earning a national-qualifying mark. In the women’s 200 meters, McDonald placed third with a time of 24.23 and earned a national-qualifying mark. Abolaji placed fourth with a time of 24.42.    

Hughes placed third in the women’s 400 meters with a time of 56.61. Dala finished fifth in the women’s 800 meters with a time of 4:55.83.

In the women’s 100-meter hurdles, Moody earned a national-qualifying mark by placing fourth with a time of 14.51. In the women’s 400-meter hurdles, Moore placed fourth and earned a national-qualifying mark with a time of 1:03.67.

In the women’s 3000 steeplechase, Romero placed first with with a time of 11:51.90, earning a national-qualifying mark.

In the 4×400-meter relay, Abrocquah, Hughes, Moore and Moody placed first with a time of 3:48.19.

Rowe placed second in the women’s high jump, clearing the bar at 5 feet, 10.75 inches and earning a national-qualifying mark. In the women’s long jump, Usoro placed first with a mark of 39 feet, 1.25 inches, earning a national-qualifying mark.

Price hit a mark of 138 feet, 6 inches in the women’s discus, earning a national-qualifying mark.

Track teams start indoor season strong

The South Plains College men’s and women’s track and field teams started the 2018 indoor track season off by earning 26 national-qualifying marks while competing at the Red and Black Open.

The meet was held on Jan. 26 at the Sports Performance Center on the campus of  Texas Tech University in Lubbock

Sophomore Omotayo Abolaji placed sixth in the women’s 60-meter run with a time of 7.76, earning a national qualification. Abolaji earned a second qualification in the women’s 200 meters with a time of  25.08, finishing eighth overall.

In the women’s 400 meter finals, sophomore Natassha McDonald placed first overall and earned a national qualification with a time of 55.09. In the mile run, two SPC runners placed in the top 10, as sophomore Seselia Dala placed fifth overall with a time of 5:12.40, where sophomore Leslie Romero placed 10th with a time of 5:25.52.

Dala and Romero also earned national qualifications in the women’s 3000-meter run. Dala placed second overall with a time off 10:40.18, while Romero placed fourth after crossing the finish line with a time of 10:58.72. In the women’s 60-meter hurdles, freshman Patrice Moody earned a national qualification and placed third overall with a time of 8.93.

Freshman Janiel Moore, Moody, Hughes, and McDonald competed in the women’s 4×400 meter relay, earning a national qualification and a second-place finish with a time of 3:49.01.

Freshman Ruth Usoro placed first in the long jump, earning a national qualification, with a mark of 19-feet, 8 inches. Frehsman Cha’Kaylin Gilbert earned a national qualification with a mark of 17-feet, 11 inches, placing sixth overall.

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by Randi Jines/Opinion Editor

In the men’s competition, Brandon Letts and Andre Edwards placed in the top 10 in the men’s 60-meter run. Letts placed fifth with a time of 6.91, while Edwards was close behind in sixth with a time of 6.94. Edwards also placed fourth in the men’s 200-meter run with a time of 22.15, while Keion Sutton placed sixth with a time of 22.40.

Sophomore Junior Charles placed first in the men’s 400-meter run with a time of 47.95, earning a nation qualification. Jordan Atkinson placed fourth in the same race with a time of 49.93. Montel Hood and Dekaryea Freeman both earned national-qualifying marks in the men’s 800-meter run. Hood placed third with a time of 1:57.40, and Freeman was close behind in fourth place with a time of 1:57.47.

SPC had three runners in the top 15 in the men’s mile run. Andrew Bosquez earned a national qualification with a second-place finish and a time of 4:18.53. Jesse Madrid finished 12th with a time of 4:34.57, and Filmon Beyene finished 15th with a time of 4:36.24.

Two teams from SPC competed in the men’s 4×400 meter relay. Charles, Willari Watson, Atkinson, and Hood, placed second with a time of. 3:11.96, while William Watson, Myles Scott, Freeman, and Rayan Holmes placed sixth with a time of 3:21.03.

In the high jump, freshman Asani Hylton cleared the bar at 6-7.5, earning a national qualification and placing third overall.

In the men’s pole vault, freshman Parker Wood cleared the bar at 14-5.25, placing fifth overall and earning a national qualification. In the men’s long jump, D’Juan Martin  placed fourth with a jump of 21-11.75, while Jonathan Witt finished sixth with a jump of 21-4.

In the men’s triple jump, Danylo Molchanov placed second with a jump of 49-6.25, earning a national qualification. Freshman Markim Felix placed first overall in the men’s shot put with a throw of 49-11.75, earning a national qualification as well.