Track teams gain more national qualifiers at recent meets

The South Plains College men’s and women’s track and field teams recently added to their list of national qualifiers at a pair of indoor meets.

The teams competed at the Charlie Thomas Invitational in College Station and the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The teams increased their number of national qualifiers at the 2018 Charlie Thomas Invitational at Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium on Feb. 2.

In the men’s 200 meter finals, three runners earned national-qualifying marks. Junior Charles placed 10th with a time of 21.70, while Brandon Letts finished 12th with a time of 21.78 and Jordan Atkinson finished 13th and with a time of 21.80.

In the men’s mile run, Andrew Bosquez finished 11th with a time of 4:14.94. Sophomore Felix Kosgei finished 16th with a time of 4:22.83, and both Bosquez and Kosgei earned national-qualifying marks.

In the men’s 3,000 meters, Filmon Beyene finished 11th with a time of 8:52.80. Beyene also placed ninth in the men’s 5,000 meters with a time of 15:08.64.

In the men’s 60-meter finals, Andre Edwards placed sixth with a time of 6.89.

In the men’s 60-meter hurdles, William Watson placed first and Mason Weh placed second. Watson crossed the line with a time of 7.95, and Weh was right behind with a time of 7.97. James Willingham earned a national-qualifying mark in the men’s high jump, with a jump of 6 feet, 8.25 inches.

Freshman Parker Wood cleared the bar in the men’s pole vault with a jump of 15 feet, 7.75 inches, placing fifth overall.

In the men’s triple jump, freshman Danylo Molchanov jumped 48 feet, 7.25 inches, earning a third-place finish. Molchanov also placed ninth in the long jump with a mark of 22 feet, 1.75 inches.

IMG_1514Markim Felix earned a national-qualifying mark in the men’s shot put with a throw of 48 feet, 7.5 inches, finishing 11th overall.

For the Lady Texans, Omotayo Abolaji ran a 7.8 in the women’s 60-meter finals, finishing 12th overall but earning a national-qualifying mark. Two runners earned national-qualifying marks in the women’s 400 meters. Agnes Abrocquah ran a 56.79, placing fifth, while sophomore Ashley Hughes ran a 57.39, finishing 11th.

In the women’s mile run, sophomore Seselia Dala posted a time of 5:07.26 and finished 12th. Sophomore Leslie Romero ran in the women’s 3,000 meters, finishing 14th with a time of 10:27.83.

Freshman Jelena Rowe earned a national-qualifying mark in the women’s high jump, clearing the bar at 6 feet, 0.5 inches and placing second overall. Freshman Kodee Scott competed in the women’s pole vault, finishing 14th after clearing 10 feet, 2.75 inches, and earning a national-qualifying mark.

Freshman Ruth Usoro placed fourth in the women’s long jump, earning a national-qualifying mark with a jump of 18 feet, 9.25 inches. Usoro also placed fifth in the women’s triple jump with a final distance of 38 feet, 5.5 inches.

The SPC track and field teams also competed at the 2018 Tyson Invitational at the University of Arkansas on Feb. 8 and Feb.9. The teams competed against nationally-ranked NCAA Division I athletes and earned multiple national-qualifying marks at the event.

In the men’s 400 meters, Jordan Atkinson and Montel Hood both earned national qualifications. Atkinson posted a time of 48.14, and Hood crossed the line at 48.22.

In the men’s 800 meters, Dekaryea Freeman placed eighth overall and earned a national-qualifying mark with a time of 1:55.40. In the men’s 60-meter hurdles, Weh and Watson placed in the top 10 in the event. Weh placed seventh with a time of 7.91, while Watson placed eighth with a time of 8.03. Both runners earned national-qualifying marks with their runs.

Wood earned a national-qualifying mark in the men’s pole vault, clearing 15 feet, 1 inch. Holland Martin placed seventh overall in the men’s long jump with a jump of 23 feet, 11 inches earning, a national qualification. In the men’s high jump, James Willingham and Asani Hylton tied for eighth place with a clearance of 6 feet, 7.5 inches. Both Willingham and Hylton earned national-qualifying marks for their jumps.

Keion Sutton and Brandon Letts both earned national-qualifying marks in the men’s 200 meters. Sutton crossed the line at 21.89, and Letts had a time of 21.97. In the men’s 5,000 meters, Bosquez placed second with a time of 14:49.00 and, Felix Kogei placed fourth with a time of 14:51.11. Beyene placed seventh with a time of 15:18.17. All three runners earned qualifying marks in this event.

In the women’s 60 meters, Abolaji and Patrice Moody each earned national-qualifying marks. Abolaji finished with a time of 7.77, and Moody had a final time of 7.82. In the women’s 400 meters, Natassha McDonald finished with a time of 54.37, Agnes Abrocquah ran a 55.90, and Ashley Hughes finished with a time 56.51. All three runners earned national qualifications.

In the women’s 5,000 meters, two runners earned national qualifications. Dala and Romero placed in the top 10. Dala ran a 17:32.05, placing eighth, while Romero came in ninth, crossing the line at 17:39.31.

In the women’s 4×400 relay, Hughes, Abrocquah, Moody, and McDonald earned a national-qualifying mark with a time of 3:45.65, placing sixth overall.

In the women’s long jump, Usoro earned eighth place with a jump of 18 feet, 5.25 inches.

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