LEVELLAND—The South Plains College track and field teams will take a short trip to Lubbock on Saturday, May 6 to compete in their final meet before nationals at the 2017 Masked Rider Open at the Terry & Linda Fuller Track and Field Complex beginning with the field events at 11 a.m.
The Texans and Lady Texans will enter Saturday each ranked inside the top three in the latest USTFCCCA national track and field polls. The Texans come into the meet ranked second in the country and have compiled 41 national qualifying marks to date. Sitting as the 10-time defending national champions, it comes as no surprise that head coach Erik Vance and company have just a single goal in mind as the season enters the month of May.
"We came off the indoor season with second and third finishes, and while we were very happy with it, we weren't satisfied," Vance said. "We really want to go win those things. We actually had a recruit in the office the other day, and we were talking, and it kind of makes you laugh and realize how blessed you are to be at South Plains College.
"I referred to the women's team as being a little bit down, and realized that down meant finishing in the top five at every championship and the top three a couple times. Everywhere else, that's not a down year that's a good one, and here we're looking to reload and do those things."
With 40 national qualifying marks on tap, the Lady Texans have proven worthy of their No. 3 national ranking and will look to add to that number come Saturday. A young team with a veteran mindset that expects to compete with the countries' best, assistant coach Frank Barker believes the Lady Texans will have an opportunity to show their championship pedigree and compete for a national crown.
"Our kids traditionally in the big meets come up and have big performances," Barker said. "The excitement that these kids are showing the closer we get to nationals is unbelievable. They aren't just sitting there like this is my job and I'm just going to get it done, they are excited to compete and are wanting to do their best.
"They want to be better, they're motivated and they want to go win. That excitement carries into the coaches and the people that are around them all the time, and you get pumped. It's going to be great."
Below is a complete list of events South Plains will be competing in this weekend. Fans are encouraged to come out to Tech's first-class facility and watch the top junior college program compete against a field of Div. I athletes in what should make for an exciting day of competition.
Schedule of events: http://www.texastech.com/documents/2017/2/17//2017_Masked_Rider_Open.pdf
Omotayo Aboiaji – Women' 100 meters, women's 4x100
Agnes Abrocquah – Women's 400 meters, women's 4x400
Kiona Bradshaw – Women's Shot Put, women's Discus
Safia Bright – Women's 200 meters, women's 4x100
Seselia Dala – Women's 800 meters
Poro Gahekave – Women's 800 meters
Cha'Kaylin Gilbert – Women's long jump and triple jump
Joi Gill – Women's 100 and 200 meters
Taylor Hill – Women's 100 meters, women's 4x100
Ashley Hughes – Women's 400 and 800 meters
Naomi Kerari – Women's high jump
Melody Korie – Women's long and triple jump
Hellen Maasotuo – Women's 800 meters
Natassha McDonald – Women's 400 meters, women's 4x400
Caitlyn Gilbert – Women's 10000 meters
Bosiboro Mosongo – Women's 200 meters, women's 100 meter hurdles, women's high jump
Jannia Price – Women's discus and javelin
Mauricia Prieto – Women's 100 meters, women's 4x100 and 4x400
Leslie Romero – Women's 3000 meter steeplechase
Kadrienne Sanders – Women's 200 and 400 meters
Latriceia Smith – Women's 4x400
Candace Thomas – Women's javelin
Shirley Vanatup – Women's 400 meters
Jordan Atkinson – Men's 200 and 400 meters, men's 4x400 and 4x100
Saahir Bethea – Men's long and triple jump
Junior Charles – Men's 400 meters, men's 4x400 and 4x100
DeVaughn Coleman – Men's high jump
Robert Downs Jr. – Men's 800 meters
Robert Dunning – Men's 110 and 400 meter hurdles
Dekaryea Freeman – Men's 800 meters
Zach Hancock – Men's javelin
Mclendon Hill – Men's shot put and discus
Rayan Holmes – Men's 200 meters, men's 4x100
Montel Hood – Men's 400 meters and 4x400
Connor Hughes – Men's 3000 meter steeplechase
Roje Jackson-Chin – Men's 110 meter hurdles
Patrick Johnson – Men's 100 meters and 110 meter hurdles
Felix Kosgei – Men's 10000 meters
Deric Martinez – Men's 1500 meters
Kwaume McGee – Men's high jump
Leobardo Michel – Men's 5000 meters
Derrick Monroe – Men's long and triple jump
Laquan Nairn – Men's long and triple jump
Cordell Richardson – Men's 400 meter hurdles
Collin Rodriguez – Men's pole vault
Omero Rodriguez – Men's 800 and 1500 meters
Nicholas Rotich – Men's 800 and 1500 meters
Myles Scott – Men's 400 meter hurdles
Jose Silva – Men's 10000 meters
William Watson – Men's 200 meters and 110 meter hurdles
Adrian Williams – Men's javelin
Okeen Williams – Men's 4x400 and 4x100
Jonathan Witt – Men's 110 meter hurdles, men's pole vault