In the first running event of the day the Lady Texan 4x100 meter relay team got strong efforts from Janeil Bellille, Jura Levy, Sparkle McKnight, and Janelle Redhead to finish with a time of 44.55 seconds. The performance broke the previous Lady Texan best of 44.63 seconds set just last season.
Bellille returned later and tied the school record in the 100 meter hurdles, crossing the line in 13.57 seconds to match the 2005 standard set by Tiavannia Thompson. Bellille just missed claiming top honors.
Levy also got her season off to a big start when she cruised to victory in the women's 100 meter dash. Her time of 11.16 seconds was only one-hundredth of a second off the school record she set last year and could be on track to breaking the NJCAA record of 11.06 set in 2003.
Coming off a record setting indoor season, freshman Natoya Goule ran 54.39 seconds to capture first place in the women's 400 meter dash. Goule got out to a quick start and was on pace to shatter the school record but came face-to-face with a stiff headwind as she entered the home straightaway.
Chante'sean White, the school record holder and defending NJCAA champion in the women's 400 meter hurdles, held off teammate Shana-Gaye Tracey to win the event with a time of 1:00.80. Tracey finished close behind with a time of 1:00.88.
Other notable SPC performances included 400 meter standout Rondell Bartholomew (10.42) finishing second in the 100 meter dash; Kemoy Campbell (3:53.76) finishing third in the 1,500 meter run; Isaiah Gill (52.27) and Stephen Emere (52.71) crossing second and third in the men's 400 meter hurdles; and the Lady Texan 4x400 meter relay team falling short after a late rally by anchor Janelle Redhead to finish second overall with a time of 3:40.22.
The South Plains College track teams will return to action next Saturday, April 2, when they attend the Texas Tech Invitational.