The women's 4x400 meter relay team of Janeil Bellille, Jura Levy, Janelle Redhead, and Natoya Goule blasted the school record and came very close to setting a new NJCAA mark when they crossed the line with a time of 3 minutes, 31.85 seconds to finish fourth overall. The team finished behind NCAA division I powerhouses Texas A&M, Arkansas, and Texas.
On Friday night South Plains College athletes competed in the men's and women's sprint medley relays as well as the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase and came away with school records in each.
John Thomas got the Texans off to a good start in the men's sprint medley relay (200-200-400-800) and handed the baton to Isaiah Gill, who efficiently covered 200 meters to give 400 meter leg Rondell Bartholomew a comfortable margin. Bartholomew - the world leader at 400 meters - widened the gap to give Kemoy Campbell all the room he would need to bring the Texans home in a winning and school record time of 3 minutes, 18.14 seconds.
Running the 200 meter legs for the Lady Texans, Janelle Redhead and Jura Levy got South Plains College off to a good start in the women's sprint medley relay. Amoy Blake then covered the 400 meter leg in approximately 54 seconds to hand the baton to anchor Natoya Goule in second place behind the University of Arkansas. Goule had significant ground to make up and came up just short, helping the Lady Texans to a second place finish and school record time of 3:47.53.
Levy, who improved upon her school record time in the preliminary round with a time of 11.12 seconds, finished fifth in the final Saturday afternoon and again improved her school record with a time of 11.10 seconds.
Kadian Dunkley then captured the third school record in the three events during Friday's evening session when she bettered the school record time she set just last week by seven seconds, crossing the line in 11:12.58. Dunkley finished fifth overall.
Natoya Goule set SPC's first school record and individual title on the first day of the four day meet when she took top honors in the women's 800 meter run in a winning, meet, and school record time of 2:04.40.
Anthony May got the Texans off to a good start on the final day of the Texas Relays by winning the ‘B' section of the men's high jump with a best clearance of 7-00.50, tying his season best in the event.
Competing in very windy conditions, Isaiah Gill made a move coming off the final curve to take home top honors in the men's 400 meter hurdles with a time of 51.62 seconds. Janeil Bellille led most of the women's race before finishing second at the line in 57.50 seconds.
The quartet of Redhead, Levy, Amoy Blake, and Goule finished just short of breaking the school record in the 4x200 meter relay set at the 2010 Texas Relays when they completed the race with a time of 1:33.83 to finish fifth. Last year's group ran 1:33.68.
Thomas, Gill, Niko Williams-Richey, and Bartholomew teamed up to finish second in the men's 4x100 meter relay, crossing the line in 40.00 seconds, just off their season best time of 39.89 seconds run last week in Lubbock.
Bralon Taplin, Anton Kokorin, Kourt'ney Payne and Bartholomew ran a season best time of 3:07.00 to finish second in the men's invitational 4x400 meter relay behind a team anchored by Olympic and World champion Jeremy Wariner.
Next up for the Texans and Lady Texans is a return trip to El Paso for the UTEP Invitational on Saturday, April 16.