South Plains track & field primed for 92nd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays

South Plains track & field primed for 92nd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays

LEVELLAND — Picking up five event titles last weekend in Lubbock at the Fearless Champion Open, the South Plains College men's and women's track and field teams will travel to Central Texas March 27-30 to compete at the 92nd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin.

Deemed as one of the top meets in the country, the 2019 Texas Relays will welcome 210 college teams and 2,424 college athletes from 37 states and 23 countries. The meet will air live on the Longhorn Network as action gets underway on Wednesday, March 27 with the collegiate decathlon and heptathlon.

Thursday's action will highlight distance races, including the 1500 meters and 5000 meters, along with the men's and women's collegiate steeplechase. The Friday evening sessions will showcase the sprint medley and distance medley races, and action will kick off on Saturday at 8:15 a.m.

University/College Teams – 210
University/College Athletes – 2,424
High School Teams – 715
High School Athletes – 4,312
Invitational Teams – 25
Invitational Athletes – 465

States Represented (37) – Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota,  New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia + (District of Columbia)

Countries Represented  (23) – United States, France, Mexico, Canada, Great Britain, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Germany, Japan, Nigeria, Spain, St. Kitts and Nevis, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Papua New Guinea, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Qatar, Kenya, Latvia, Panama, Haiti, Grenada

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South Pains' Dorcus Ewoi ran away from an elite field in the women's 1500 meters as the freshman from Kenya placed first in a time of 4:44.20. Teammate Gladys Jemaiyo was the third runner across the line in the 1500 meters, turning in a time of 4:52.26 for South Plains.

Sophomore Deion Lightfoot edged West Texas A&M' Lorenzo Johnson in the men's 110 hurdles as Lightfoot placed first in 14.30. Decoven Young also placed in the top 10, clocking a 14.74, good enough for seventh on the afternoon. Lightfoot would follow up with a fifth-place finish in the 400 hurdles, running a 53.09. 

The Texans turned in their second event title in the men's 800 meters as freshman Japhet Toroltich took first with a time of 1:56.36. In the women's 200 meters, sophomore sprinter Ruth Usoro topped the field, taking first for the Lady Texans in 23.46.

South Plains' Jesse Madrid capped the meet with a top finish in the men's 5000 meters, turning in a time of 15:26.85. Filmon Beyene wasn't far behind, clocking a 15:45.06 to take fourth overall for the Texans. In the men's 100 meters, sophomore Brandon Letts ran a personal best in 10.43, taking third overall.

In the men's long jump, D'Juan Martin and Devaughn Whymns went 4-5 for South Plains as Martin turned in a mark of 23' 3.25", while Whymns soared 22' 7.75." Sophomore Bryson Deberry took second in the men's high jump for the Texans, clearing 6' 11" on the second attempt of his third bar.

South Plains picked up a second place finish in the men's 4x100 relay as Brandon Letts, A.J. Pemberton, Adrese Atkins, and Willari Watson ran a 40.05 out of lane eight. A week after winning the men's 1500 meters in Abilene, sophomore Andrew Bosquez turned in a second place finish on Saturday, running a 4:00.93.