STEPHENVILLE, Texas - The South Plains College Texan and Lady Texan track and field squads competed in their first outdoor meet of the season on March 11 when they traveled to Stephenville for the Tarleton State Invitational. Both squads had fantastic meets with the Lady Texans earning 19 NJCAA qualifying marks, 10 first place finishes and a school record in the shot put, while the Texans earned 12 NJCAA qualifying marks and 10 first place finishes.
Sophomore Kelly Closse dominated the women's shot put field when she broke the school record she set last year with a throw of 53-01.50 to win the event and defeat her nearest competitor by over 8-feet.
Closse later earned another first place finish with a toss of 140-10.00 in the discus throw.
Defending NJCAA pole vault champion Kelsey Wilson finished in first place in the women's pole vault when she cleared 10-07.00. Freshman Kelsi Wilson finished third with a clearance of 10-00.75 and both earned qualifying marks for the NJCAA championships.
Colleen Felix, the defending NJCAA champion in the women's javelin throw, won the event with a toss of 131-08.00.
Freshman Erynn Young led the Lady Texan long jumpers to a 1-3-4 finish when she won the event with a leap of 18-06.00. Sophomore Shanieka McRae took the third spot with a best jump of 17-10.75, just missing the qualifying mark of 18-02.50. Kia Wansley finished fourth at 17-06.00.
Wansley and McRae returned to action in the women's triple jump where they swept the first two spots. Wansley finished with a best leap of 38-01.25 into a massive headwind (-3.4) to win the event and earn a trip to the NJCAA championships, while McRae finished second with a jump of 37-03.00 to also qualify.
In men's field event action, Dellon Williams and Ronson Small finished first and second in the long jump with Williams jump of 24-00.75 earning a ticket to the NJCAA championships. Small just missed qualifying with a best leap of 23-04.75.
Freshman Anthony May won both the high jump and the triple jump in his Texan outdoor track debut. May cleared 6-06.00 in the high jump and jumped a best of 48-01.75 in the triple jump.
Quincy Wilson won the discus throw with a best of 177-00.00 and also finished second in the shot put with a throw of 52-10.75. Daniel Rodriguez finished sixth in the shot put with a best throw of 51-07.00.
Shawna Anderson, Jura Levy, Janelle Redhead and Nicquel Thomas teamed up to win the women's 4x100 relay with a time of 45.70 seconds, while Angelique Lykes, Angelle Miranda, Chante'Sean White and Erynn Young finished in sixth place with a time of 48.50 seconds, also dipping under the NJCAA qualifying time of 49.17 seconds.
In the men's 4x100 meter relay, Troy Faulkner, Kervin Morgan, Isaiah Gill and Rondell Bartholomew got the baton around the track in 41.40 seconds to finish in first place.
Kadian Dunkley finished third in the women's 1,500 meter run with a time of 4:51.50.
Levy led the Lady Texan sprinters to a 1-2-4-5 finish in the women's 100 meter dash when she blazed to a time of 11.58 seconds while running into a negative headwind (-1.1) and just missing Stephanie Simpson's 2008 school record of 11.54 seconds. Redhead (2nd) and Anderson (4th) completed the race in 11.60 and 1.88 seconds, while Thomas (5th) just missed qualifying for the NJCAA championships with a time of 12.15 seconds.
Devin Hill finished first in the men's 100 meter dash with a time of 10.61 seconds, helping the Texans sweep the top five spots.
Lisa Forsberg and Shakeeri Cole took the first two spots in the women's 800 meter run with Forsberg crossing the line first with a time of 2:13.40. Cole finished in 2:16.34.
Marcelis Lynch was victorious in his first 800 meter race of the outdoor season, completing the 2-lap race in 1:54.51.
Harmony Phillips' time of 1:06.35 was good for second place in the women's 400 meter hurdles.
Isaiah Phillips finished the men's 400 meter hurdles in first place with a time of 53.57 seconds.
Anton Kokorin blazed to a time of 20.86 seconds to win the men's 200 meter dash.
Anthony Pequeno finished second in the men's 5,000 meter run to Tarleton's Jared McNeil, completing the race in 15:07.80.
The Lady Texan 4x400 meter relay teams earned two NJCAA qualifying marks, led by Levy, Lykes, Redhead and Cole who finished first in the race with a time of 3:47.40. Anderson, Miranda, Thomas and White dipped under the NJCAA qualifying time with a performance of 4:01.76.
Faulkner, Gill, Kokorin and Bartholomew easily attained an NJCAA qualifier in the men's 4x400 meter relay when they crossed the line in 3:11.29.
The Texan and Lady Texan track and field squads will look to improve their times when they travel to El Paso, Texas to participate in the UTEP Invitational on March 27.View PDF