South Plains track and field make strong showing on day one of Indoor National Championships in Lubbock

South Plains track and field make strong showing on day one of Indoor National Championships in Lubbock

LUBBOCK — The South Plains College men's and women's track and field teams were business as usual on day one of the 2018 NJCAA Indoor National Championships Friday at the Texas Tech Sports Performance Center.

The Lady Texans sit atop the point standings with 46 points, with Iowa Central sitting in second with 44 points and New Mexico Junior College in third with 33 points. The complete men's results were unavailable as of 11 p.m. on Friday. As soon as they become available, this story will be updated.

"I thought we had a solid day throughout and competed well today," South Plains head coach Erik Vance said. "We qualified who we needed to for the finals tomorrow, and our men's and women's teams picked up a good number of points and gave themselves a chance to be in contention tomorrow."

Sophomore Bisiboro Mosongo placed fifth overall in the women's pentathlon and set a new personal best with 3011 points after placing inside the top five in two events. Bosiboro placed second in the high jump with a final clearance of 5' 3.75", and earned a fourth-place finish in the shot put with a throw of 32' 11.75". Freshman Jelena Rowe tallied eight points for the Lady Texans in the women's high jump as she placed second overall with a mark of 5' 11.25".

Sophomore Seselia Dala was crowned national champion and picked up 10 points for the Lady Texans in the women's 5000 meters as the sophomore from Amarillo posted a final time of 18:04.39, nearly nine seconds ahead of second place finisher Winrose Chesang from Iowa Central. Sophomore Leslie Romero tallied six more points for South Plains in the 5000 meters with a third place overall finish with her time of 18:19.07.

Romero added five more points for the Lady Texans in the women's 3000 meters with a fourth place overall finish with a final time of 10:32.19. Freshman Ruth Usoro earned eight more points for South Plains with a second place finish in the women's long jump, soaring 19' 4.25" on her first attempt. Sophomore Cha'Kaylin Gilbert garnered six points for the orange and blue with her third-place finish with a mark of 19' 2" in the women's long jump.

"Leslie pulled off a gutsy performance with a third-place finish in the 5k and turned around and placed fourth in the 3k," Vance said. "That was her idea and she volunteered to do that and really came through for us today. Ruth and Cha'Kaylin went two-three which was a big pick up for us and were competitive throughout the competition and got up on the podium."

South Plains' freshman Asani Hylton leads all competitors in the men's heptathlon with 3150 points after four events, including a pair of first-place finishes on Friday. Hylton placed first in the long jump after soaring 23. 3.5". Hylton would follow up with a first-place finish in the high jump with a mark of 6' 8.25".

Also competing for South Plains in the men's heptathlon is sophomore Patrick Johnson who is currently in sixth with 2841 points. Johnson placed fourth overall in the shot put thanks to a throw of 40' 8.25". Johnson would then place fifth in the long jump with a final mark of 22' 2.5".

Freshman Holland Martin picked up six points in the men's long jump thanks to a third place overall finish, soaring 24' 1.75" on his fourth attempt. The Texans added six more points in the men's 5000 meters as freshman Andrew Bosquez placed third overall with a time of 15:08.01. Kosgei and Bosquez would each place inside the top five in the men's 3000 meters as Kosgei picked up six points for the Texans thanks to a third-place finish with a final time of 8:37.51. Bosquez would rack up four more points in the 3000 as he placed fifth overall with a time of 8:38.46.

Action will get underway on Saturday with the men's heptathlon continuing at 10 a.m. You can access live results and watch the meet live at the links below:

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Advancing to Saturday's finals:

Patrice Moody (8.83), women's 60-meter hurdles.

William Watson (7.94), Mason Weh (7.95) men's 60-meter hurdles.

Janiel Moore (1:35.94), women's 600 meters.

Montel Hood (1:18.76), men's 600 meters.

Keion Sutton (6.72), men's 60-meter dash.

Natassha McDonald (54.63), Agnes Abrocquah (56.33), women's 400 meters.

Junior Charles (47.22), men's 400 meters.

Dekaryea Freeman (1:53.81), men's 800 meters.

Keion Sutton (21.10), men's 200-meter dash.