SAN ANGELO — The South Plains College men's and women's track and field teams wrapped up the 49th annual David Noble Relays Friday, combining for 15 event titles at Legrand Stadium on the campus of Angelo State University.
"I don't think our kids could have reacted any better to the competition they saw today," South Plains head coach Erik Vance said. "They were fired up, and I've never seen a bunch of kids so fired up to get an event win so they could get a t-shirt. That kind of became the mantra of the day to go win a shirt, and they got after it and wanted to go win every time they got on the track."
The Lady Texans won the women's 4x100 relay as Joniar Thomas, Success Umukoro, Rosemary Chukwuma, and Keshana Page posted a final time of 45.29. Tia Harry would follow up with a first place finish in the women's 100-meter hurdles, turning in a time of 14.24. The Texans picked up their first event title in the men's 110 hurdles as Justin Guy crossed the line in 13.96.
In the men's 400 meters, sophomore All-American Khaleb McRae posted the top time in 46.29. Chukwuma would also post the top time in the women's 100 meters, clocking a final time of 11.23. The Texans went one-two in the 800 meters as Seydi Sall was first in 1:51.70, while Mehdi Yanouri was second in 1:52.53.
"Khaleb is a special talent," Vance said. "You don't run the times that he runs without having some versatility like he does. That's the most impressive part, is that we can put him out there in just about anything, and he will be successful. We know he's going to go out and compete, and we are really happy with what he did today and continues to bring a lot of intensity and trains extremely hard."
Camille Lewis was the first runner across the line in the women's 400-meter hurdles, posting a time of 1:03.32. In the men's 400 meter hurdles, South Plains' Chris Robinson took first with a time of 52.68, while Jordan Brown turned in the top time in the women's 200 meters in 24.48. In the women's 4x400 relay, Umukoro, Anna-Kay Allen, Cemore Donald, and Lewis placed first with a time of 3:52.06.
"What I'm really happy with in regards to our women's relay team is we have six to eight people we can put out there and run well," Vance said. "That was not the team that ran at indoor nationals, and we got out there and put down a good race and I'm really happy with what they did. Our women's 4x100 ran well, and we still have a lot we can improve on and improve that time."
Sophomore All-American Onaara Obamuwagun placed first in both the women's long and triple jump events, soaring 19' 9.75" in the long jump, and 43' 2.50" in the triple jump. In the men's long jump, James Hampton took second with a mark of 23' 0.75", while Austin Montgomery was third with a jump of 22' 9". MacKenzie Griffin won the women's pole vault event title for the Lady Texans, clearing 10' 10".
Thomas Nieto turned in a second place finish in the men's pole vault, clearing the bar at 16' 9.25". In the men's high jump, sophomore All-American Romaine Beckford took first, clearing 7' 0.5", while Hampton was third with a mark of 6' 6.25". In the heptathlon, Joniar Thomas placed first overall, racking up 5132 points after first place finishes in the high jump (5' 5.75"), long jump (19' 2.75"), and javelin (122' 0") events.
"Coach Miller's sprint group really stepped up, and it seemed like every time we looked up we were winning another race on the track," Vance said. "Our hurdlers ran well, and Tia kind of broke through and set a new PR. Justin Guy put together two good races and we are really happy with what he did today."
South Plains will be back on the track next weekend in Lubbock at the Texas Tech University Masked Rider Open April 9-10.