Texans News
03.31.2012 - [Track and Field]
Janeil Bellille & Sparkle McKnight
Janeil Bellille & Sparkle McKnight

AUSTIN, Texas - The South Plains College Texan and Lady Texan track and field teams capped a wildly successful 85th running of the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays by capturing four first place finishes during the events final day. In all, South Plains finished with six top finishes and three school records

Each day during the 85th running of the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays an SPC athlete turned in a performance early that seemed to spark the rest of the team. Saturday was no different as Janeil Bellille ran away from her competition in the women's 400 meter hurdles in a field that included some of the top talent in the nation.

After getting a good start out of the blocks, Bellille methodically made up the stagger on the field and came off the final curve with Texas' Danielle Bowie. Bellille surged ahead of Bowie to turn in a blistering time of 55.91 seconds, just missing the NJCAA and school record of 55.80 seconds she set last year.

Teammate Sparkle McKnight finished third with a career best time of 57.42 seconds. Entering the weekend the top time amongst NCAA division one 400 meter hurdlers was 57.63 seconds.

Soon after the 400 hurdles, South Plains College was making noise yet again, this time in the men's 4x100 meter relay. John Thomas got the Texans off to a good start and Shavez Hart maintained to keep South Plains in position. Bralon Taplin ran the second curve, handing off to anchorman Trevorvano Mackey in second place behind Texas A&M-Kingsville. Mackey ran down Kingsville's anchor leg and nipped him at the line for a season best time of 40.24 seconds.

Shavez Hart came from behind in the men's 100 meter dash to claim a victory in what was a very close finish. Hart crossed the line in a season best time of 10.31 seconds, not far off Gerry Woodberry's 1991 school record of 10.24 seconds. The top finish was Hart's first of the season while teammate Trevorvano Mackey (10.37) was not far behind in fifth.

In the final men's event of the evening, the SPC 4x400 relay team blasted the collegiate section from the very beginning. Alistair Moona led off out of the blocks, putting the Texans immediately to the lead. Tyler Harper and Vernon Norwood each ran solid legs as well; giving Bralon Taplin a huge cushion as the Texans finishing time of 3:05.17 was more than four-seconds quicker than Wayland Baptist's second place time.

SPC's time was the third quickest of the day. For years the Texas Relays has not allowed non division one schools to compete with the top collegiate teams. In the final event of the day LSU (3:04.54) out-dueled Baylor (3:04.67) in the University section of the 4x400 relay. South Plains defeated the Bayou Bengals at the Tyson Indoor Invitational in February.

The South Plains College Track and Field team will have a short week of rest as they are next scheduled to compete Thursday, April 5 at the Angelo State Relays in San Angelo, Texas.

Texas Relays Saturday Results

Women's 400 Hurdles Finals

Janeil Bellille 55.91 1st - just missed her school and NJCAA record

Sparkle McKnight 57.42 3rd

Men's 400 Hurdles Finals

Marques Atkinson 53.53 4th

Men's 4x100 Relay

Thomas, Hart, 40.24 1st

Taplin, Mackey

Men's 110 Hurdles

Jovan Davis 14.30 (2.4) 5th

Men's 100 M Dash

Shavez Hart 10.31 (4.3) 1st

Trevorvano Mackey 10.37 (4.3) 5th

Men's Jerry Thompson Mile Run

Kemoy Campbell 4:05.09 5th

Men's 4x400 Relay

Moona, Harper, 3:05.17 1st

Norwood, Taplin

Women's 4x400 Relay

McKnight, Bellille, 3:34.58 6th

Blake, Goule

Texas Relays Friday Results

Women's Javelin - B Section

Amethyst Boyd 162-04 3rd - New School Record

Women's Triple Jump - A Section

Keri Emanuel

Men's Sprint Medley Relay (200, 200, 400, 800)

Hart, Harper, 3:18.13 1st - New School Record

Taplin, Masoll

Women's Sprint Medley Relay (200, 200, 400, 800)

Bellille, Blake, 3:50.63 3rd

McKnight, Goule

Women's 4x100 M Relay

Fortune, Bellille, 45.76 13th - Did not advance to finals

McKnight, Blake

Men's 110 M Hurdles College

Jovan Davis 14.57 7th - Advanced to finals

Women's 100 M Dash

Lucy Fortune 12.13 60th

Men's 100 M Dash College

Shavez Hart 10.50 3rd - Advanced to finals

Trevorvano Mackey 10.66 7th - Advanced to finals

John Thomas 10.74 11th - did not advance

Women's 4x400M Relay Preliminary

McKnight, Bellille, 3:34.83 3rd - Advanced to finals

Blake, Goule

Women's Long Jump - B Section

Keri Emanuel 19-11.50 3rd

Men's Long Jump - B Section

Jarvis Gotch 24-05.00 2nd

Men's Triple Jump - B Section

Etron Moorer 51-00.00 1st

Women's Shot Put - B Section

Jessica Ramsey FOUL

Texas Relays Thursday Results

Women's 400 M Hurdles Preliminaries

Janeil Bellille 57.61 Advances to finals with 2nd fastest time

Sparkle McKnight 58.22 Advances to finals with 4th fastest time

Men's Collegiate 400 M Hurdles Preliminaries

Marques Atkinson 53.33 Advances to finals with 4th fastest time

Jovan Davis DNF

Men's Pole Vault B Section

K'Don Samuels 16-06.75 t-4th

Women's 1,500 M Run B Section

Darroneshia Lott 4:32.49 1st