LEVELLAND, Texas - The Texan and Lady Texan track and field teams are set to defend their NJCAA outdoor track and field titles this weekend in Hutchinson, Kan. at Gowans Stadium. The teams are scheduled to depart in two groups Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Both teams dominated their competition in 2010 as the Lady Texans scored 192 points and won by 85 points and the Texans tallied 142 points to win by 54 points.
Stormy Smothers will begin the action for South Plains College when he begins the 10-event decathlon at 9 a.m. Thursday.
The Lady Texans have six women who will enter the championships with the top mark in eight different events and also lead the way in the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relays. Texan athletes take the top seed in three events as well as the 4x400 meter relay.
A link to live results and live video stream can be accessed at www.spctexans.com.
Running with the best
Throughout the 2011 indoor and outdoor seasons, South Plains College tracksters have proven they can run with the best in the nation …. And the world. At a meet hosted by Texas Tech University on April 2, Rondell Bartholomew ran a world leading time of 44.65 seconds in the 400 meter dash, a time that still stands as the fastest in the world as of today.
Lady Texan freshman sensation Natoya Goule has run times of 51.52 seconds and 2 minutes, 2.11 seconds in the 400 and 800 meters, respectively. Those times both rank within the top 20 in the world and are also the fastest times run by a collegian at any level in 2011.
Athletes to watch for
In addition to Bartholomew and Goule, there are plenty of Texan and Lady Texan athletes to keep an eye on as there are several on the team who garnered hardware from the 2011 NJCAA indoor championships and are hungry for more this weekend. Goule (600, 800), Lisa Forsberg (Mile), and Jura Levy (55,200) each claimed individual titles for the Lady Texans in the indoor championships contested in March. Bartholomew (600), Stephen Emere (triple jump), and Anton Kokorin (400) were individual winners for the Texans. Both men's and women's teams took top honors in the 4x400 relays as well.
The Records continue to fall….
11 Lady Texan school records have been toppled or tied during the season. In fact, only one record remains on the Lady Texan record books from the pre-Chris Beene coaching era.
The conclusion of the 2011 NJCAA Outdoor track and field season will finalize the SPC careers of several sophomores. However, seven athletes have announced their intentions to continue their careers.
Anthony May and Anton Kokorin will both attend the University of Arkansas. May recently jumped a career best 7-feet, 3-inches at the SPC Invitational on May 7 and will compete in the high jump, long jump, and triple jump this weekend.
Kokorin won the NJCAA indoor championship in the 400 meter dash and was also a member of the winning 4x400 meter relay team. Additionally, Kokorin has helped SPC to a NJCAA record in the outdoor 4x400 meter relay with a time of 3:03.74 at the 2010 Texas Relays and also ran a leg on the Texan's NJCAA record indoor 4x400 relay team that ran 3:05.14. Kokorin was the runner-up in the 400 meter dash at the 2010 NJCAA outdoor championships.
Former 400-meter hurdle school record holder and defending NJCAA Champion Chante'sean White will take her talents to Texas State University in San Marcos next season. White enters the 2011 championship meet with the third fastest time in the event and dipped under 60-seconds for the first time when she ran 59.67 seconds on April 16 at the UTEP Invitational.
Stephen Emere, the NJCAA Indoor national champion in the triple jump, intends to compete for Southern Mississippi during the 2011-12 school year. Emere enters championship weekend with the second best triple jump in the NJCAA with a season best of 50-10.75. Emere is also one of the top 400-meter hurdlers with a best time of 52.42 seconds.