South Plains track and field set for Texas Tech Shootout Feb. 14-15

South Plains track and field set for Texas Tech Shootout Feb. 14-15

LEVELLAND — The South Plains College men's and women's track & field teams will be back in Lubbock Friday and Saturday at the Texas Tech Sports Performance Center for the 2020 Texas Tech Shootout.

Action is slated to get underway on Friday afternoon with the men's and women's weight throw at 3:30 p.m. Running events will get underway at 5 p.m. with the women's 800 meters, with the men's 5000 meters capping day one at 8:20 p.m. Day two will kick off with the women's shot put at 11 a.m., with running events slated to get rolling at 11:30 a.m. with the women's 60 meters.

South Plains will once again be competing alongside some of the top Div. 1 programs in the country, including Abilene Christian, Alabama, Angelo State, Arizona, BYU, Colorado – Colorado Springs, Colorado School of Mines, Eastern New Mexico, Hardin-Simmons, Indiana Tech, Incarnate Word, Iowa, Lubbock Christian, McMurry, New Mexico Jr College, North Texas, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Pratt, Univ of Southwest, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M – Commerce, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi, Texas Tech, Tulane, UTA, Virginia Tech, Wayland, Western Texas, and West Texas A&M.

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The South Plains College men's and women's track and field teams wrapped up the Charlie Thomas Invitational at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium at the McFerrin Athletic Center last Saturday with a new national record and a pair of event titles.

Sophomore All-American Gladys Jemaiyo added to her legacy in Levelland in the women's 5000 meters, setting a new national record with a dazzling time of 16:38.42, breaking her own national record set a year ago in College Station when she ran a 16:51.52.

The Texans, who came into the weekend ranked third in the latest USTFCCCA national poll, picked up their first event title in the men's 800 meters as sophomore Mo Mpoke was the first runner across the line in 1:50.72, topping UT-Arlington's Harold Murphy (1:53.4), and Houston's Christian Gilmore (1:53.50).

Sophomore Denvaughn Whymns won the men's long jump for south plains, posting the top mark with a jump of 23' 11.75", with Houston's Kenneth Pree taking second with a mark of 23' 11". The Texans placed two more jumpers in the top 10 as freshman Tony McNeal soared 22' 9.25", good enough for seventh, while freshman Jaden Halliburton took eighth with a mark of 22' 8".

The Texans picked up a seventh place finish in the men's 400 meters as freshman Khaleb McRae crossed the line in a time of 47.86. South Plains tallied a third place finish in the final race of the meet in the men's 4x400 relay with the Texans turning in a time of 3:10.19, with Houston placing first in 3:08.11, followed by TCU with a 3:08.24.

In the women's 60 meters, freshman Rosemary Chukuma placed second with a time of 7.36, just two tenths behind the University of Central Florida's Ciara Holback who turned in a 7.34. Chukuma would then turn around and post a third place finish in the 200 meters, crossing the line in 23.98.

In the women's mile run, sophomore standout Dorcus Ewoi took eighth for the Lady Texans, clocking a final time of 4:55.61. Competing against an elite field in the women's long jump, freshman Onaara Obamuwagun turned in an eighth place overall finish, notching a final mark of 18' 4.25". Obamuwagun would then turn in a second place finish in the women's triple jump, soaring 41' 10".

In the women's shot put event, freshman Siiva Tafiti placed fifth overall with a throw of 46' 0". The Lady Texans would cap the meet with an eighth place finish in the women's 4x400 relay, running a 3:53.11, topping Georgia Tech and Arkansas Little-Rock who placed ninth and 10th, respectively.

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