Texans News
05.06.2012 - [Track and Field]
NJCAA Record Setting 4x400 Relay team
NJCAA Record Setting 4x400 Relay team
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LUBBOCK - Track meets have been great days for head coach Chris Beene and his South Plains College Texan and Lady Texan Track and Field teams and Saturday's final regular season meeting at Texas Tech's Fuller Track and Field Stadium was no different as Beene's athletes appear primed to host and compete in the NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships after improving upon 31 season bests that are also NJCAA qualifying marks, claiming ten titles, breaking two school records, and ending the meet by blasting an 18 year old NJCAA record in the men's 4x400M Relay.
Under the Fuller track lights and with near perfect conditions, the men's 4x400M Relay team stepped onto the track for the final event of the day with three freshman and one sophomore in the lineup.

Dakarie McKinnie got the Texans off to a good start as he began making up the stagger on the backstretch and appeared to come off the final curve with a slight lead. McKinnie handed the baton to Daniel Harper about the same time as his opponents from Texas Tech after a 46.2 second opening leg.

Upon entering the back straightaway, Harper sat in second after Texas Tech surged to the lead. Harper remained comfortable and kicked past the Red Raiders second leg as he brought the baton to sophomore Bralon Taplin in a blazing split of 44.3 seconds.

As Taplin rounded the track it became apparent that Texas Tech would need a superhuman effort from 400 meter star Gil Roberts as the Texans extended their lead.

Vernon Norwood handled anchor duties against the former World Championship qualifier but ran a superb 45 second anchor that brought South Plains home in a new NJCAA record time of 3:01.32, breaking the 1994 mark of 3:01.89 set by Blinn College. At this time the mark is quicker than any NCAA Division school, according to the lists posted at TFRRS.org.

Beene could not have been more ecstatic about the performance.

"That was such a big deal. When you think about all the phenomenal teams that there have been in junior college for us to break the national record by a half-second or more really tells you how good our guys are and to get three of them back next year is even more amazing," the eighth-year track coach said before crediting his assistant. "It tells you a lot about Coach Wiley and what he does with that group in training and how good of a coach he is. I think he is one of the best 400 meter coaches in the country and I think this performance shows it.

As for the rest of his teams performances, Beene was equally fired up.

"It is certainly what we needed. You like to have one last really good meet before nationals. A good tuneup. Everywhere we turned around we were having PR's, people running just really good times," he said.

Even with all the great performances that resulted in ten first place finishes for the Texans and Lady Texans, the individual performance of the meet would quite possibly have to go to Julian Parker.

Parker finished second behind teammate Kemoy Campbell (1:49.95) in the men's 800M Run, improving upon his previous personal best time by more than four seconds as he nearly caught Campbell at the line in 1:50.32.

Parker, whose best time last year was just under two-minutes, greeted Beene with a big hug following the race.

"He is a gutsy kid," Beene said of Parker. "His workouts this week looked great and I knew he could run well but that fast was awesome."

South Plains College will now attempt to keep their strings of consecutive NJCAA Championships intact. The Texan men will be gunning for their sixth straight team title, and the Lady Texans their fourth, when they host the NJCAA Outdoor Championships May 15-17 at the Texan Track and Field Complex.

SPC Results from Red Raider Invitational

Women's 100M Dash
11 Curry Young         11.98

Women's 200M Dash
4  Sparkle Mcknight    23.29
Amoy Blake        23.41
10 Aminah Blount    23.96
11 Taylor Houston    24.04

Women's 400M Dash
Natoya Goule        53.20
Lucy Fortune        55.51

Women's 800M Run   
Darroneshia Lott    2:09.39
Michaela Johnson    2:33.47

Women's 1500M Run   
Darroneshia Lott    4:39.64

Women's 100M Hurdles
Janeil Bellille        13.75

Women's 400M Hurdles
Shana-Gaye Tracey    59.20

Women's 4x100 Relay
3 McKnight, Bellille,    44.74
  Young, Blake

Women's 4x400M Relay
1  Fortune, Blount    3:34.58
    Young, King

Women's High Jump
Chasity Mims        5-04.25
Maddison Buschmann    5-00.25

Women's Pole Vault
Shelbie Hutchins    10-06.25

Women's Long Jump
Keri Emanuel        20-03.75
3  Kierre White        19-07.00
Victoria Flemons    17-06.75

Women's Triple Jump
Keri Emanuel        42-09.00
5  Kierre White        38-10.25
Victoria Flemons    38-08.75

Women's Shot Put
Jessica Ramsey        48-10.75

Women's Discus
Jessica Ramsey        153-03

Women's Javelin
Amethyst Boyd        149-07

Men's 100M Dash
Shavez Hart        10.28
2  Trevor Mackey        10.31
James Smith        10.54
Jarvis Gotch        10.55
10 John Thomas        10.69
16 Davion Wint        10.93
18 K'Don Samuels    11.01
19 Winston McCormack    11.05

Men's 200M Dash
Vernon Norwood    20.93
James Smith        20.94
Alistair Moona        21.04
15 Davion Wint        21.67
23 Winston McCormack    22.40

Men's 400M Dash
Bralon Taplin        45.36
Daniel Harper        45.56
Dakarie McKinnie    47.22
10 Anthonio Mascoll    47.57
13 Andrew Hunt        48.36
27 Kourt'ney Payne    54.04

Men's 800M Run
Kemoy Campbell    1:49.95
Julian Parker        1:50.32
Michael Atkinson    1:56.54

Men's 1500M Run
Jonathon Lira        4:09.12
Kin Scott        4:09.34

Men's 110M Hurdles
Emmanuel Denson    14.49
Jovan Davis        14.49
Nelson Hampton    16.22

Men's 400M Hurdles
Jovan Davis        51.32
Marques Atkinson    52.48
Emmanuel Denson    53.73

Men's 4x100M Relay
1  Mackey, Hart,     39.42
    Harper, Taplin

Men's 4x400M Relay
1  McKinnie, Harper    3:01.32
    Taplin, Norwood

Men's High Jump
4  Juan Vasquez        6-04.75
    Nelson Hampton    NH

Men's Pole Vault
4  Juan Vasquez        13-01.50
    K'Don Samuels    NH

Men's Long Jump
Jarvis Gotch        24-06.25
Nelson Hampton    21-08.00
Etron Moorer        21-04.00
Etroy Moorer        18-11.75

Men's Triple Jump
Etron Moorer        50-07.25
Etroy Moorer        48-04.50

Men's Javelin
Nelson Hampton    153-11
5  Juan Vasquez        121-05