South Plains concludes final meet before nationals on Saturday at Masked Rider Open in Lubbock

South Plains concludes final meet before nationals on Saturday at Masked Rider Open in Lubbock

LUBBOCK—Each ranked inside the top three in the latest USTFCCCA national polls, the South Plains College track and field teams looked to be in championship form on Saturday at the Texas Tech Masked Rider Open at the Terry and Linda Fuller Track and Field Complex.

Candace Thomas began the morning with a third-place finish in the women's javelin with her mark of 112' 9". Ranked first in the country in the men's javelin, Adrian Williams set a new personal record on Saturday with a mark of 227' 6" to take first overall.

Kiona Bradshaw used a throw of 46' 5.50" in the women's shot put to earn a third place finish. Cha'Kaylin Gilbert and Melody Korie would then finish three-four in the women's long jump after their marks of 18' 11.75" and 18' 8.50", respectively.

Laquan Nairn used a jump of 25' 8.25" in the men's long jump, good enough for second, followed by a first place finish from Saahir Bethea in the men's triple jump thanks to his final mark of 51' 0.75". Kwaume McGee and DeVaughn Coleman finished two-three in the men's high jump with jumps of 6' 9.50" and 6' 3.50", respectively.

In the women's 4x100, Omotayo Abolaji, Mauricia Prieto, Taylor Hill and Safia Bright earned a second-place finish with a time of 45.41. The Texans' 4x100 team made up of Rayan Holmes, Junior Charles, Okeen Williams and Jordan Atkinson earned a first place finish with their time of 40.37.

Nicholas Rotich and Omero Rodriguez took the top two spots in the men's 1500 meter run with times of 3:59.47 and 4:00.95, respectively. William Watson posted a time of 14.08 in the men's 110 hurdles to take second, while Natassha McDonald, Latriceia Smith and Agnes Abrocquah swept the top three spots in the women's 400 meters with times of 52.48, 54.69 and 54.96, respectively. Prieto and Abolaji placed fifth and sixth in the women's 100 meters with their times of 11.35 and 11.42, while Patrick Johnson took eighth in the men's 100 meters with a time of 11.07.

Hellen Massotuo and Poro Gahekave took second and third in the women's 800 meters with times of 2:15.98 and 2:16.41. Robert Downs took first in the men's 800 meters with his time of 1:51.45, while Jordan Atkinson took first in the men's 200 meters with a time of 20.79. In the men's 5000 meter run, Michael Leobardo used a time of 17:59.34 to take fifth, followed by a first place finish from Connor Hughes in the men's 3000-meter steeplechase thanks to a time of 10:33.08.

In the women's 10000 meter run, Caitlyn Mercer used a time of 45:00.16 to earn a second place finish, while Felix Kosgei and Jose Silva finished one-two in the men's 10000 meters with times of 32:12.55 and 33:56.58.