LUBBOCK, Texas - The South Plains College Texan and Lady Texan track teams once again showed their dominance Saturday afternoon at the Texas Tech Invitational. SPC athletes set a NJCAA record, five school records, and even a top world time. Additionally, South Plains College also came away with seven event titles.
blasted the field in the women's 400 meter hurdles and led a 1-2-3 Lady Texan finish in the event. Bellille crossed the line in a speedy 55.80 seconds to break the previous record held by Chante'sean White
by 4.04 seconds and the NJCAA record by 2.08 seconds and is also the second fastest time run in the world this year. Shana-Gaye Tracey
also dipped under the previous school record when she finished second in 58.86 seconds, while the defending NJCAA champion and previous school record holder White (1:00.06) crossed the line third, just missing her personal best.
The 400 meter dash was a great race for both Texan and Lady Texan runners alike as Jura Levy
and Rondell Bartholomew
both set school records and Bartholomew ran the fastest time in world so far this year.
Bartholomew quickly made up the stagger on the field on his way to running a school and stadium record time of 44.65 seconds. The time bettered Latoy Williams' school mark of 44.73 seconds set in 2009. Teammate Bralon Taplin
was second overall with a personal best time of 46.85 seconds.
Levy finished second in the women's race on her way to breaking Stephanie Simpson's 2008 school record with a time of 53.58 seconds. Amoy Blake
(55.15) finished third and the NJCAA indoor 400 meter champion, Janelle Redhead
(55.80), was sixth.
Levy later anchored the women's 4x400 meter relay team to a first place finishing time of 3:39.58.
In the women's long jump, Erynn Young
finished second and tied Zulakah Ali's 2006 school record with a best leap of 20-00.25 while leading a dominant SPC contingent that claimed five of the top seven spots. Jessica Franklin
(19-09.75) was third.
broke her own school record in the 3,000 meter steeplechase on her first attempt during the 2011 outdoor season when she finished second with a time of 11:19.63.
The men's 4x100 meter relay team of Niko Williams-Richey
, Isaiah Gill
, John Thomas
, and Bartholomew came up just short of breaking the 2009 school record when they finished with a first place time of 39.89 seconds.
The third leg from that relay, Thomas, finished five-hundredths of a second off Gerry Woodberry's 20 year old school record in the 100 meter dash. Thomas won the event with a time of 10.29 seconds.
Competing in the high jump for the first time of the 2011 outdoor season, sophomore Anthony May
took top honors with a best clearance of 7-00.50.
jumped a season best 41-09.75 to easily outdistance the competition in the women's triple jump.
Other top performances for South Plains College include freshman phenom Natoya Goule
(4:35.08) finishing second in the women's 1,500 meter run; Kemoy Campbell
(1:53.25) finishing second in the men's 800 meter run; Isaiah Gill
(50.32) finishing third in the men's 400 meter hurdles; and Niko Williams-Richey
(20.92) leading a 2-3-4 SPC finish in the men's 200 meter dash.
Results for several of the throwing events were not reported by meets end.
The Texas Relays are up next for the Texan and Lady Texan track teams, beginning Wednesday, April 6 and running through Saturday, April 9.