LEVELLAND, Texas - The South Plains College track and field teams broke out their brooms once again as they swept the NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships for the fourth straight year. Only this time they did so within the comfort of their very own facility within the confines of the Texan Track and Field Complex.
The victory was the fourth consecutive for the Lady Texans and sixth in a row for the Texans.
Head Coach Chris Beene said both streaks are very special to him.
"It's something as coaches, we want to keep the streak alive," he said.
The overall record for consecutive team titles is six by the Barton County women from 1990-1995 and 2000-2005. In the men, Blinn College won nine from 1987-1995.
It's hard to imagine South Plains being any more dominant than they were as they claimed 18 individual and relay championships, eight runner-ups, and seven third place finishes.
Bellille, a Texas A&M signee, made a surge while running the second curve of the women's 400M hurdle final to take over the race and win in a NJCAA meet record time of 56.00 seconds, shattering the record of 57.88 seconds previously held by Melaine Walker of Essex. Bellille also broke her own school record of 13.47 seconds in the 100M hurdles and led off the Lady Texan 4x400M relay that also won.
Campbell, who will compete at the University of Arkansas next season, was victorious in both the 5,000 and 1,500M runs, cruising to easy victories in both.
"We just had a great meet," Associate Head Coach Blaine Wiley said. "We had one little muff in the (4x100) relay but everything else was as good or better than we could have hoped for. That's a tribute to the kids and their preparation. I was real proud of their effort."
The SPC men annhilated the competition with 163 team points, 88 1/2 points better than second place Central Arizona. The Lady Texans expected stuff competition from Iowa Central for the team title, but wound up winning by a comfortable 23 point margin. Beene was quick to praise his sixth-year assistant for much of the success of the programs.
"I've told a lot of people and I believe it with all my heart that Blaine Wiley is one of the best coaches in the country including NCAA Division I," he said. "He is just a fantastic coach."
Beene added that winning on the South Plains College campus makes it extra special.
"That's hard to put into words. It's a neat experience to be able to do that."