LUBBOCK, Texas - The South Plains College Texan and Lady Texan track and field team began the season with a bang with three first place finishes and five new school records on the first day of the Texas Tech Indoor Invitational.
Freshman long jumper Erynn Young could not have asked for a better way to begin her Lady Texan career as she broke Dominique Jacob's 2007 school record in the event. Young's leap of 19-08.25 was good for second place in the meet and bested Jacob's school record by 1 ¼ inches.
Kelly Closse, who won four NJCAA championships in 2009, won the weight throw and blasted her own school record by nearly 3 ½ feet when she chunked the implement 60-05.75.
Kyron Blaise, who set the Texan school record of 24-07.75 at
the NJCAA Indoor championships last year, finished third in his first
competition of the season with a jump of 23-06.75.
Anthony May, a freshman from Hoover, Alabama, won the men's high jump en route to tying the school record when he cleared 7-00.25, tying Darrell Roddick's 2008 mark.
In the first individual race of the night, the women's 1,000 meter run, freshman Lisa Forsberg set the third Lady Texan indoor record of the night by crossing the line in 2:57.24. Forsberg finished second behind the defending champion in the event, Caroline Jepleting.
Shakeeri Cole, last years NJCAA champion in the 600 meter run, set a new school record in the 600 yard run, breaking the record she set last year when she crossed the line in 1:24.95, besting her time of 1:25.39 set in this facility on January 16, 2009.
Freshmen Anton Kokorin and Rondell Bartholomew came up just short of a school record in the men's 600 yard run, but swept the event when Kokorin won with a time of 1:09.20 and Bartholomew finished just behind in 1:09.45. Fellow freshman Troy Faulkner finished fourth with a time of 1:11.84.
The Texan and Lady Texan track and field squad will attempt to break more records tomorrow as the Texas Tech Invitational continues into its second and final day at 10 a.m. with the field events. SPC's first running event is set to begin at 12:30 p.m. with the women's mile.