PITTSBURG, KS — Multiple top national finishes highlighted day one of the NJCAA Indoor Track and Field National Championships at the Robert W. Plaster Center for the South Plains College men's and women's track and field teams.
The Texans sit in fourth with 29 points heading into Saturday, while the Lady Texans tallied 30 points and will enter day two in third place.
Sophomore Bryson Deberry was the top point getter for the Texans on Friday in the men's high jump, racking up eight points with a second place national finish, clearing 7' 0.50". Sophomore Holland Martin also turned in a second place finish in the long jump, soaring 25' 0" to tack on eight points for the Texans.
South Plains picked up six more points in the long jump as first-year jumper Devaughn Whymns placed third, turning in a final mark of 24' 7.75". In the men's pole vault, freshman Rylan Olguin earned a fourth-place national finish, tallying five points for the Texans, clearing 14' 9". Freshman Alex Kitum capped day one with a seventh-place finish and two points for South Plains, crossing the line at 8:31.79.
National record holder Gladys Jemaiyo, a freshman from Kenya competing in her first national meet placed third in the women's 5000 meters, clocking a final time of 17:16.70. The Lady Texans tacked on 14 points in the women's 3000 as Jemaiyo and Dorcus Ewoi went 2-3, with Jemaiyo crossing the line in 10:11.58, while Ewoi ran a 10:12.79.
In the women's long jump, sophomore Ruth Usoro picked up eight points, placing second with a final mark of 19' 7". The Lady Texans tacked on two points in the women's distance medley relay as Dorcus Ewoi, Hanah Mills, Itzel Garcia-Santos, and Nyia Sena placed seventh with a time of 12:45.48.
Saturday schedule of events: