LEVELLAND, Texas - The South Plains
College Board of Regents recently honored SPC head track and field coach Chris Beene
with a proclomation celebrating the success of the Texan and Lady Texan Track and Field squads.
Beene recently led his Texans and Lady Texans to their fourth consecutive sweep of the outdoor titles when they each bettered the competition last month in a championship meet hosted at South Plains College.
The Texans annhilated the field with 163 team points, picking up their sixth straight outdoor crown, while the Lady Texans defeated the field by 23 points to claim their fourth in-a-row.
Beene said he was humbled by the honor.
"It was a very humbling experience," said Beene, who just completed his eighth season at the helm of the track programs. "I really appreciated them honoring our program and it really affirmed to me the support the track and field program and athletics in general receives here at SPC.
"It is always satisfying to have people appreciate what we do."
At the conclusion of the 2012 NJCAA Outdoor Championships, Beene was named Coach of the Meet. Overall, his athletes had another stellar season breaking five men's and four women's records throughout the season. Most impressive was the men's 4x400-meter relay team of Dakarie McKinnie
, Daniel Harper
, Bralon Taplin
, and Vernon Norwood
who clocked a time of 3-minutes, 1.32 seconds in early May. The record setting time held up as the fastest in all collegiate ranks until last week's NCAA Championships and will finish as the fourth best time of the year and best all-time in the NJCAA.