LUBBOCK, Texas - The South Plains College Texan and Lady Texan track and field teams enter the second and final day of the NJCAA indoor track and field championships in good position to make a run for another title sweep. Both teams advanced several to today's finals and got points from athletes competing in day one final events. The Lady Texans enter today in second place with 31 points, while the Texans are in third position with 28 points.
Though there was some controversy in the first running event of the day, the women's distance medley relay, the team of Kadian Dunkley (1200), Kirsten Taylor (400), Tiffany Matthews (800), and Lisa Forsberg (1600) earned all-American honors when they were the second team to cross the line with a time of 12 minutes, 43.78 seconds and put SPC on the score board with eight points. There may have been confusion with the track officials and the SPC team may have run an extra lap.
Dunkley (10:52.68) returned later in the night to finish sixth in the final of the 3,000 meter run.
The women's long jump was a big event and the Lady Texans came away with 14 points. Keri Emanuel led the way with a third place finish thanks to a season best leap of 19 feet, 2 inches. Erynn Young (18-10.75) also had a season best jump to finish fourth, while Jessica Franklin (18-01.75) was sixth. Franklin had a busy day as she also finished eighth in the women's pentathlon.
Jessica Ramsey also had a season best performance as her best throw of 46-05.25 in the women's shot put helped her to a fourth place finish.
The Lady Texans will have strong numbers in today's final events that begin with the women's 4x800 meter relay. They will also be represented in the 55 meter hurdles by Franklin and Janeil Belille; Lisa Forsberg and Kadian Dunkley will toe the line in the mile; Natoya Goule, Sparkle McKnight, and Shana Gaye-Tracey look to score big in the 600 meter dash; Jura Levy takes the fastest time to the final of a 55 dash final that includes teammate Abreanna Parker; the 400 dash will be another big event with Janeil Belille, Janelle Redhead, and Amoy Blake all advancing; Goule will look for a double in the women's 800 meter run; Levy and Redhead take the top two preliminary times in the women's 200 meter dash final with teammate McKnight entering fourth; Forsberg will conclude the individual running events with the 1,000 meter run before the Lady Texan 4x400 relay look to cap the meet with another strong performance.
Similar to the women, the men's distance medley relay team of Roblet Muhudin (1200), Isaiah Gill (400), Shevaun Marsh (800), and Kemoy Campbell (1600) was not without problems as there was a dropped baton. The quartet was able to recover and finish second overall with a time of 10:10.65 to earn all-American honors.
Campbell (8:28.14) later finished just off his season best mark in the 3,000 meter run to earn another all-American honor with a second place finish.
Anthony May had high hopes of scoring big for the Texans on the opening day of the meet as he entered the championships with the top mark in the long jump and third best mark in the high jump. May would have to settle with a couple of sixth place finishes with best marks of 6-08.75 in the high jump and 24-00.75 in the long jump.
In the men's shot put, Mark McCoy's season best throw of 52-06.50 helped him to a fifth place finish and contributed four points to the Texan team score.
Chris Bever (14-07.25) improved his season best in the men's pole vault by four inches to finish sixth.
Today's men's finals will begin with the 4x800 relay. Advancing to the final running events include: John Thomas in the 55 dash; Rondell Bartholomew, Niko Williams-Richey, and Thomas in the 200 meter dash. Bartholomew advances with the top time after a school record run of 20.87 seconds in the preliminary; Anton Kokorin enters the 400 meter dash final with the best time in the field and will be accompanied by Isaiah Gill and Bralin Taplin; Bartholomew will also run the 600 meter dash along with Kervin Morgan; Kour'tney Payne advanced to the finals of the 800 meter run; Roblet Muhudin and Shevaun Marsh will look to score in the 1000; and Stephen Emere hopes to score big in the 55 meter hurdles. The Texans will also compete in the 4x400 relay.
May, Emere, and Ronson Small hope to get the Texans off to a good start in the only men's field event final, the triple jump.
The action begins for South Plains College at 11 a.m. with the women's triple jump. Running events begin at 12:30 p.m. and are scheduled to conclude at 4:05 p.m. with the running of the men's 4x400 meter relay. The award ceremony will take place at 4:30 p.m.