South Plains track and field primed for Charlie Thomas Invitational Feb. 1-2 in College Station

South Plains track and field primed for Charlie Thomas Invitational Feb. 1-2 in College Station

LEVELLAND — Compiling 19 national qualifying marks in their first outing in Lubbock, the South Plains College men's and women's track and field teams will return to the track this weekend at the Charlie Thomas Invitational on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station.

The meet will get underway at 2:30 p.m. on Friday from the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium at the McFerrin Athletic Center. The Charlie Thomas Invitational will be streaming live on the WatchESPN platform and can be accessed at the link below.

South Plains is the sole junior college invited to the meet and will compete against the likes of Texas A&M, Arkansas, Cincinnati, Houston, Rice, Stephen F Austin, Texas, UT-Arlington, UT-San Antonio, and TCU. 

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Proven to be one of the best jumpers in the NJCAA, sophomore Ruth Usoro wasted no time finding her stride as she hit a national mark and set a new school record in the women's long jump, finishing sixth overall with a mark of 19' 10.75".

Sophomore Asani Hylton brought the crowd to a roar in the men's high jump, clearing 6' 11" to take fourth overall. Sophomore Bryson Deberry also placed in the top 10 thanks to a clearance of 6' 7", good enough for seventh on Friday.

"Ruth broke our indoor long jump record and there's more coming from her," South Plains head coach Erik Vance said. "She got some work in over the break and looked really good. Asani Hylton went out and jumped 6' 11" which is the top mark in the country this far, and we're excited to see what he can do."

South Plains placed two jumpers in the top 10 in the men's long jump as Holland Martin soared 23' 10"  to take fifth, while D'Juan Martin turned in a final mark of 22" 8.5", good enough for eighth. South Plains' Markim Felix earned a top 10 finish in the men's shot put with a throw of 51' 5.5", good enough for eighth.

South Plains' freshmen Gladys Jemaiyo and Dorcus Ewoi placed in the top 10 in the women's mile run with Jemaiyo taking sixth with a 5:16.07, while Ewoi placed eighth with a time of 5:20.51. Janiel Moore hit a national mark in the women's 600-yard finals, clocking a time of 1:28.36, placing 13th overall.

Andrew Bosquez and Alex Kitum each hit national marks in the men's 3000 meters with Bosquez placing second with an 8:39.95 while Kitum took seventh with an 8:59.30. Freshman Devaughn Whymns and Delon Lightfoot went six-seven in the men's 60-meter hurdles, as Whymns clocked an 8.09 to take sixth, while Lightfoot crossed the line at 8.15 for seventh overall.

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