MESA, AZ – Day one of the NJCAA National Track and Field Championships at Mesa Community College could well have been named Iowa day.
Two schools from that state dominated competition with Iowa Central leading the points race in both the men’s and women’s divisions, although on the women’s side South Plains (Texas) was actually tied for first.
Among the men, IC, with 45 points, opened a 21-point gap over Iowa Western with 24. Six-time defending champion South Plains was third with 23
Iowa Central took 1-2 in the 10,000-meters with Tahir Chakisso winning in 31:24.84 and Frankline Tonui second in 31:28.42. IC also won the 4x800 relay with a 7:31.32 clocking as well as the hammer in the person of Brady Grunder with a toss of 189-4.
Iowa Western took 1-2 in the triple jump with Latario Collie-Minns winning at 53-5 ¾ and Lathone Collie-Minns second at 53-2 ¾.
Could County’s Reinhard Van Zyl won the javelin, tossing it 234-5.
Among the women, defending champion Iowa Central was tied with South Plains, each with 34 points. Central Arizona was third with 18.
South Plains and IC took the top two spots in the 4x800 relay with SP winning in 9:21.46 and Central second with a 9:22.46 clocking.
North Iowa Area’s Sharon Toako captured the javelin at 138-10, followed by two South Plains athletes, Abby Johnson (133-3) and Britni Smith (130-10)
Iowa Central’s Elizabeth Dadzie captured the triple jump with a leap of 40-6 ¼.