LEVELLAND, Texas - Four athletes who have recently competed in a South Plains College track and field singlet claimed major division one conference championships this past weekend.
In the Southeastern Conference (SEC), Fred Samoei and Colleen Felix claimed individual championships in their respective events.
Samoei took top honors in the men's 800 meter run with a time of 1 minute, 49.68 seconds. Samoei, who now competes for the University of Alabama, was a nine time all-American for South Plains from 2007-2009 and he holds three SPC school records.
Competing for the University of Georgia, Felix won the women's triple jump crown with a best leap of 44 feet, 31/2 inches. Felix won NJCAA outdoor championships in the triple jump and javelin last May.
In the Big 12, Darrell Roddick and Kelly Closse each helped Texas Tech with wins in the triple jump and weight throw.
Roddick's second jump was good enough to lead the competition throughout, but he uncorked a huge leap of 53-03.00 on his final attempt to win the event by four inches.
Closse, who is quite possibly the best thrower in the history of NJCAA track and field, won the weight throw by nearly two feet. Her best toss came on her fourth attempt with a measurement of 66-05.75. Closse was a five-time NJCAA champion while competing for the Lady Texans and she holds five school records as well as the indoor national record in the shot put.