EL PASO, Texas - The South Plains College men's and women's track and field squads competed at the University of Texas at El Paso in their second meet of the 2010 outdoor season and came away with 26 new and 13 improved qualifying marks for the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national meet to be held May 20-22 in Hutchinson, Kansas. Kelly Closse broke her own school records in the shot put and discus, while freshman Jura Levy, Janelle Redhead and Quincy Wilson also took down school records in their respective events.
Closse, already a three-time NJCAA champion, had a busy day as she also competed in the 10 a.m. hammer throw in addition to the discus and shot put. She began the day with a throw of 159-04.00 in the hammer throw to finish fourth. And then the fun began. Closse entered her final throw in the discus competition with a best toss of 152-00 which she recorded on her third attempt. Her final toss of 156-09.00 was an improvement of nearly five feet and broke Melinda Bendik's record by nearly three feet.
Later in the afternoon, Closse returned to dominate the shot put field, this time breaking her own school record on her first attempt when she recorded a toss of 53-08.25.
Levy and Redhead put on a show in the women's 100 meter dash when both broke Stephanie Simpson's 2008 school record of 11.54 seconds. Levy walked away with first place and the new record when she finished in 11.19 seconds. Redhead was second with a time of 11.24 seconds.
Later in the day Levy battled it out again in the 200 meter dash. Redhead came out on top this time around to carve her name into Lady Texan history, breaking another Simpson record when she crossed the line in 23.42 seconds. Levy just missed becoming the second fastest 200 meter runner in Lady Texan history when she finished second in 23.67 seconds, just missing Simpson's 2008 mark of 23.66 seconds.
Wilson, a freshman from Trinidad & Tobago, led a Texan 1-2 sweep in the men's shot put and tied Glen Calvert's 26-year old record in the process when he recorded a throw of 56-00.50 on his third attempt to win the competition. Sophomore Daniel Rodriguez was second with a season best throw of 53-03.50.
Before breaking the shot put record Wilson won the discus competition with a throw of 177-07.00. Rodriguez and Dillon Welch finished in the next two spots with tosses of 162-03.00 and 155-04.00, respectively. All three recorded season bests and NJCAA qualifiers.
In the women's pole vault, Kelsey Wilson recorded a season best 11-11.75 to finish second, while freshman Kelsi Chadwick also had a season best mark when she finished seventh at 10-06.00.
Ryan McRight and Steven Farber both had NJCAA qualifying marks in the men's pole vault. McRight finished third with a clearance of 15-07.00, while Farber was fourth clearing 15-01.00.
Erynn Young and Kristian Spencer finished in a four-way tie for first place in the women's high jump, each clearing 5-05.75. Jona McGowan was fifth with a best attempt of 5-03.75.
Young improved her season best in the long jump by one-inch when she leaped 18-07.00 on her first attempt, finishing fourth. Shaneika McRae finished fifth with a best jump of 18-05.75.
Dellon Williams led a 1-2-3 sweep in the men's long jump when he soared to a season and career best of 25-10.25. Kyron Blaise, competing in his first long jump competition of the season, was second with a best of 24-11.75 and Ronson Small completed the sweep when he finished third with a jump of 22-07.00.
The Texan trio of Blaise, Small and Austin Delaney also took the top three spots in the men's triple jump. Blaise's best jump of 48-08.00 claimed the championship while Small and Delaney were right behind with best marks of 48-06.75 and 48-06.00.
Lady Texans Colleen Felix, Kia Wansley and Shaneika McRae dominated the women's triple jump by claiming the top-three spots. Felix's mark of 41-02.25 was good for first place, while Wansley (2nd) and McRae's (3rd) jumps of 39-03.75 and 39-00.50 were NJCAA qualifiers.
Felix later improved her season best in the javelin when she recorded a toss of 143-01.00 to earn fourth place.
Angelique Lykes, Levy, Nicquel Thomas and Redhead teamed up to earn second place in the women's 4x100 meter relay, crossing the finish line in 46.39 seconds.
Troy Faulkner, Devin Hill, Kervin Morgan and Rondell Barthlomew recorded the fastest 4x100 meter relay for the Texans in 2010 when they crossed the line in second position in 41.24 seconds.
800 meter specialist Shakeeri Cole moved down to the 400 meter dash this weekend and recorded an NJCAA qualifying time of 56.33 seconds on her way to a second place finish.
Rondell Bartholomew and Anton Kokorin blew away the field in the men's 400 meter dash. Bartholomew took to the top spot with a time of 46.20 seconds and Kokorin was not far behind with a time of 46.65 seconds.
The Texan sprinters took the 2nd-3rd-4th-and 5th spots in the 100 meter dash with Devin Hill leading the way for SPC in 10.65 seconds. Niko Williams-Richey (3rd) crossed the line in 10.79 seconds while Troy Faulkner (4th) and Kervin Morgan (5th) finished with times of 11.00 and 11.06 seconds, respectively.
Lisa Forsberg won the women's 800 meter run with a time of 2:13.31. Lorianne Pattee finished fifth in 2:22.87 but qualified for the NJCAA championships after factoring in the altitude conversion.
Chante'sean White ran a season best time of 1:03.48 in the women's 400 meter hurdles, winning the event.
Isaiah Gill won the men's 400 meter hurdles with a time of 54.17 seconds.
The SPC men attained three more qualifying marks in the 200 meter dash, led by Bartholomew's second place finish in 21.22 seconds. Faulkner and Hill were right behind in third and fourth place with times of 21.28 and 21.31 seconds.
South Plains College will return to track and field action when they compete in the Texas Relays April 1-3.View PDF