South Plains track & field returns to action Saturday at Fearless Champion Open in Lubbock

South Plains track & field returns to action Saturday at Fearless Champion Open in Lubbock

LEVELLAND — The South Plains College men's and women's track and field teams return to action Saturday in Lubbock at the Fearless Champion Open on the campus of Texas Tech University.

The meet will get underway with the women's 3000-meter steeplechase at 1 p.m., with the men's 4x400 relay capping the day at 4:55. South Plains will be looking for another strong outing after winning three event titles in their outdoor opener last weekend in Abilene.

Last time out:

Sophomore Andrew Bosquez picked up the first event title for the Texans in the men's 1500 meter run as the sophomore from Hobbs, New Mexico turned in the fastest time in the NJCAA to date, running a 3:59.93. DeVaughn Whymns and Deion Lightfoot clocked the top two times in the country this season in the men's 110 hurdles as the duo went 1-2 for South Plains. Whymns took the top spot in 14.39, with Lightfoot a step behind as he took second with a 14.46.

Sophomore Bryson Deberry made the most of his first outing of the outdoor season as he won the men's high jump, clearing 7' 1" on his third attempt on the bar. In the men's hammer throw, sophomore Riley Finnegan hit a national qualifying mark and placed second on the afternoon with a throw of 135' 5". Willari Watson tacked on another second place finish in the men's 100 meters, posting a 10.71 for South Plains.

In the men's 5000 meters, Alex Kitum would hit a national qualifying mark as the freshman from Kenya turned in a time of 15.12.28, good enough for third overall. Sophomore Jesse Madrid finished third for the Texans in the men's 3000 steeplechase, coming in at 9:50.06. The Texans picked up another third-place finish in the men's javelin as freshman Bryce Spencer earned a national qualifying mark with a throw of 183' 7".

The Lady Texans turned in six top 10 finishes including four of the top marks in the NJCAA to date. Freshman Dorcus Ewoi picked up a fourth-place finish in the women's 1500 meters, crossing the line in 4:54.10, the fastest time in the NJCAA. Gladys Jemaiyo tallied a third-place finish in the women's 5000 meters, clocking the top time in junior college with a 17:41.86.

In the women's javelin, freshman Akira Phillip turned in a fourth-place finish and holds the top mark in junior college with a throw of 134' 7". The Lady Texans placed a pair of sprinters in the top five in the women's 400 meters Saturday as sophomore Janiel Moore used a 58.58 to take third, while freshman Hanah Mills posted a 59.48, good enough for fifth overall.

Heat sheets:

Meet schedule:

1:00 P.M. 3000m Steeplechase Women

1:15 P.M. 3000m Steeplechase Men

1:30 P.M. 4x100m Relay Women

1:35 P.M. 4x100m Relay Men

1:40 P.M. 1500m Women

1:50 P.M. 1500m Men

2:05 P.M. 100m Hurdles Women

2:15 P.M. 110m Hurdles Men

2:25 P.M. 400m Women

2:30 P.M. 400m Men

2:40 P.M. 100m Women

2:50 P.M. 100m Men

3:00 P.M. 800m Women

3:10 P.M. 800m Men

3:25 P.M. 400m Hurdles Women

3:30 P.M. 400m Hurdles Men

3:45 P.M. 200m Women

3:55 P.M. 200m Men

4:10 P.M. 5000m Women

4:30 P.M. 5000m Men

4:50 P.M. 4x400m Relay Women

4:55 P.M. 4x400m Relay Men

5:00 P.M. Projected Finish