LEVELLAND — The South Plains College men's and women's track and field teams will compete for national gold on their home track May 11-13 at the 2021 NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships at the Texan Track and Field Complex in Levelland.
Action is slated to get underway at 9 a.m. on Tuesday with the women's heptathlon, with field events set to begin with the women's hammer throw at 11 a.m. Running events will begin at 5 p.m. with the women's 4x800. The full meet schedule can be found at spctexans.com using the 'National Track' tab at the top of the homepage.
Live results can be found here: http://www.spato.us/cresults/2021spcnjcaaoutdoor.
Fans are welcome to attend the meet, as Tickets will be available for purchase at the front entrance of the track beginning Tuesday morning.
On the men's side, the Texans come in with 28 national qualifying marks, looking to bring home their first outdoor title since 2017, when SPC won the men's team title in Hutchinson, KS under then first-year head coach Erik Vance. The last time South Plains hosted the national meet in 2016, the Texans made collegiate history, winning their 10th consecutive outdoor crown in Levelland. The Lady Texans also enter the meet with 28 national qualifying marks, looking to bring home their first national title since winning the 2015 outdoor team title in Hutchinson, KS.
The Texans enter the meet ranked third in the latest USTFCCCA national poll, with Barton County ranked first, followed by Iowa Central. New Mexico Junior College and Cloud County round out the top five. The Lady Texans are currently ranked second in the latest national poll, with New Mexico Junior College holding the top spot. Iowa Western, Barton County, and Cloud County round of the top five of the women's national rankings.
South Plains holds five of the top marks in the country on the men's side, with sophomore All-American Khaleb McRae posting the fastest 400 time in the country in 45.82 at the Texas Tech Open on April 23. In the men's 800 meters, Seydi Sall ranks first in a time of 1:49.69, ran at the Texas Tech Open. Mehdi Yanouri is second in the men's 800 meters with a time of 1:50.24.
All-American Romaine Beckford posted the top mark in the men's high jump on Feb. 6, clearing 7' 2.5" at the Angelo State Indoor/Outdoor. The Texans have two of the top relay teams in the country, posting the fastest time in both the men's 4x400 and 4x800. SPC clocked a 3:06.97 in the 4x400 on April 30 in Lubbock and ran a 7:25.07 in the 4x800 on May 1.
The Lady Texans have posted four of the top marks in the country, with two coming from sophomore All-American sprinter Rosemary Chukwuma. The decorated sprinter from Nigeria, Chukwuma ranks first in the women's 100 meters with a time of 11.21, ran on April 30 in Lubbock. Chukwuma is also first in the women's 200 meters in 23.23, ran at the SPC Open on March 26 in Levelland.
Sophomore All-American Onaara Obamuwagun, the reigning indoor triple jump champion enters the meet with the top mark in the country in the triple jump, soaring 43' 10.75" on Jan. 29 in Levelland. The Lady Texans also posted the fastest time in the country in the women's 4x400, clocking a 3:42.57 on April 30 in Lubbock.