HUTCHINSON, Kan. - The South Plains College Texan and Lady Texan track and field teams have wrapped up day two of the 2011 NJCAA track and field championships and in the process have laid claim to three individual crowns, two runner-ups, as well as a third place finisher. Additionally, South Plains advanced an enormous amount of athletes to tomorrow's finals.
Freshman Jessica Ramsey earned the first title for South Plains when she defeated the shot put field by 2-feet. The native of Boynton Beach, Fla. had a best throw of 49 feet, 10 inches, just missing her season best.
Victoria Flemons led a triple jump contingent that scored 17 championship points for the Lady Texans. Flemons earned the national title in the event with a 2011 season and team best leap of 42-08.25. Teammate Keri Emanuel's best jump of 41-05.75 was good enough to earn all-American honors with a third place finish. Jessica Franklin finished eighth with a leap of 38-08.75. Flemons, Emanuel, and Franklin are all freshman.
Kadian Dunkley, last year's runner-up in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase, easily pulled away from the competition in the final laps to win the third Lady Texan national championship of the night. Dunkley entered the meet with the top time and won with a time of 11:38.09.
Stephen Emere came up just short of duplicating his indoor triple jump title. Emere's best attempt of 52-00.00 was 2 3/4 inches short of the winning jump. However, the Texans earned 14 championship team points in the event as Ronson Small (50-02) helped the cause with a fifth place finish, while Anthony May (48-05.25) was seventh.
Also competing in a final event Friday afternoon was Mark McCoy, finishing fifth overall in the shot put with a toss of 50-10.00.
The Texans and Lady Texans also took care of business throughout the day of preliminary rounds and will have a representative in every final running event Saturday afternoon.
The final day of the 2011 NJCAA track and field championships will begin at 9 a.m. with the men's and women's long jump and women's javelin, while the 4x100 meter relay will kick the running events off at 1 p.m. With athletes competing in every event of the final day, South Plains College should stand a reasonable chance to defend their 2010 men's and women's team titles.
SPC athletes earning all-American during day two
Jessica Ramsey Women's shot put National Champion (1st team)
Victoria Flemons Women's triple jump National Champion (1st team)
Kadian Dunkley Women's steeple National Champion (1st team)
Stephen Emere Men's triple Jump Runner-up (2nd team)
Men's 4x800 Relay Runner-up (2nd team)
SPC athletes advancing to final events
Women's 4x100 1st 45.13
Women's 4x400 2nd 3:31.85
Men's 4x100 2nd 40.67
Men's 4x400 1st 3:11.36
Kemoy Campbell Men's 1,500 run 3rd 3:55.64
Men's 800 run 1st 1:52.86
Shevaun Marsh Men's 800 run 5th 1:54.39
Roblet Muhudin Men's 1,500 run 7th 4:00.71
Natoya Goule Women's 400 dash 1st 52.92
Women's 800 run 1st 2:12.23
Lisa Forsberg Women's 800 run 2nd 2:13.34
Tiffany Matthews Women's 800 run 6th 2:16.77
Sparkle McKnight Women's 400 dash 3rd 54.03
Amoy Blake Women's 400 dash 5th 54.84
Rondell Bartholomew Men's 400 dash 1st 47.14
Men's 200 dash 2nd 20.90
Bralon Taplin Men's 400 dash 2nd 47.19
Jessica Franklin Women's 100 hurdles 4th 14.09
Samantha Cooper Women's 100 hurdles 7th 14.36
Stephen Emere Men's 110 hurdles 3rd 14.01
Jura Levy Women's 100 dash 1st 11.16
Women's 200 dash 1st 23.44
Niko Williams-RicheyMen's 100 dash 4th 10.37
Men's 200 dash 6th 21.17
Chante'sean White Women's 400 hurdles 1st 59.48
Shana-Gaye Tracey Women's 400 hurdles 2nd 1:00.74
Isaiah Gill Men's 400 hurdles 3rd 52.81
Stephen Emere Men's 400 hurdles 4th 52.87