COLLEGE STATION, TX — Running alongside some of the nation's top NCAA Div. I athletes at the 2019 Charlie Thomas Invitational on the campus of Texas A&M University, South Plains freshman Gladys Jemaiyo represented her school and the NJCAA in prime fashion in the women's 5000-meter run, setting a new national record with a final time of 16:51.52.
Jemaiyo broke the record by over four seconds, previously held by Iowa Central's Leanne Pompeani who clocked a time of 16:55.62 in 2016. A long distance specialist from Kenya, Jemaiyo placed third overall on Friday competing against the likes of Texas A&M, the University of Texas and the University of Houston.
The Texans were represented well in the men's 5000 meters, as freshman Alex Kitum turned in a time of 15:24.86, good enough for sixth, while sophomore Filmon Beyene crossed the line at 15:35.14, placing eighth overall. South Plains' Rylan Olguin placed seventh in the men's 60-meter finals, notching a time of 7.49.
South Plains sophomore standout Asani Hylton leads the heptathlon after four events with 3025 points. Hylton placed first in the 60 meters with a 7.18, took the top spot in the long jump with a mark of 22' 11.25", and also placed first in the high jump, clearing 6' 8.25". The men's heptathlon will continue on Saturday beginning with the 60-meter hurdles at 10:30 a.m.
Field events will get underway with the men's long jump at 12:30 p.m., while the running events will begin with the women's 60 meters at 12:30 p.m. The Charlie Thomas Invitational will be streaming live on the WatchESPN platform and can be accessed at the link below.