With a late charge, South Plains had a huge Saturday and won both the men’s and women’s championships at the NJCAA Track and Field National Championships at Mesa Community College.
The Texans’ men won a fairly tight contest, making up a 32-point deficit to Iowa Central after Friday’s events. They racked up 148 points to 134 ½ for Iowa Central and 85 for Central Arizona.
The SPC women ran away with the title even though they, too, trailed ICC by 16 after Friday. They scored points. Iowa Central was second with and Central Arizona third with
The meet got off to a strong start with the men’s pole vault and women’s high jump titles being decided about a minute apart.
Mesa’s Jacob Flores won the pole vault at 15-11 and Shaquan Burris took the high jump with a leap of 5-11 ¼. The women’s winner was Taylor Swanson, of Cloud Co., with a 12-7 ½ vault.
Agnes Abu, of Barton, won the women’s 1500 in 4:39.6 and Harry Mulenga, of Central Arizona, took the men’s race with a time of 3:49.80.
At 400 meters Alfred Larry, of Butler won in 45.80 and Chrisann Gordon, of South Plains, won in 45.80.
The women’s discus went to Tayla Greene, of Coffeyville at 172-2, while Eldred Henry, of Central Arizona won at 178-4.
Kimberly Golding, of Central Arizona, won the women’s 100-meter hurdles in 13.57 and the men’s 110 hurdles went to Chris Caldwell, of Iowa Central, with a 13.84 clocking.
Janet Amponsah, of Western Texas, captured the women’s 100 in 11.36 and Odean Skeen, of South Plains, won the men’s division in 10.14.
The women’s 800 was taken by Agnes Abu, of Barton in 2:09.92, while on the men’s side Dean Cronin, of Iowa Central, won in 1:51.37.
The women’s 400-meter hurdles was won by Terrian Willams, of Western Texas in 59.24. George Flaviano, of South Plains, took the men’s division in 51.75.
Janet Amponsah, of Western Texas, captured her second title of the meet, taking the 200 in 23.18. The men’s race was won by Andre DeGrasse, of Coffeyville, in 20.32.
Lydia Mato, of Barton, added the 5,000 to her 10,000 title, winning in 17:19.59.Harry Mulenga, of Central Arizona, took the men’s 5,000 in 14:32.21.
The meet concluded with the national champion South Plains 4x400 relay team taking that title and Western Texas streaking up on the home stretch to win in 3:04.99.
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