SAN ANGELO — The South Plains College men's and women's track and field teams traveled to Angelo State on Saturday for the Angelo State University Indoor/Outdoor meet, capturing 15 event titles at LeGrand Stadium at 1st Community Credit Union Field in their second meet of the indoor season.
"We had a good outing today and the thing I wanted to see was urgency and competitiveness, and I got all I could ask for in that sense," South Plains head coach Erik Vance said. "I thought we were much improved this week over what we saw last week, and some of that we can chalk up to rust, and some we can chalk up to being more focused and competing harder."
Chaunzavia Lewis kicked things off for the Texans in the men's 60 meters, posting the top time in 6.79. Austin Cowans was just a step behind, placing second for South Plains in 6.89. Lewis would follow up with a first-place finish in the men's 200, crossing the line in 21.89.
Khaleb McRae turned in the top time in the men's 400 meters, clocking a 48.36. In the men's 600 meters, Chris Robinson placed second with a time of 1:21.59. Seydi Sall took first for the Texans in the men's 800 meters, crossing the line in 1:54.53. Justin Guy earned a top finish in the men's 60 hurdles with a 7.96, while the Texans 4x400 relay team comprised of McRae, Reid Shevole, Issac Hastings, and Robinson placed first with a time of 3:14.58.
Romaine Beckford continues to solidify himself as one of the top jumpers in the country, clearing 7' 2.5" in the men's high jump to take first overall. James Hampton turned in a second-place finish in the high jump event, getting over the bar at 6' 8.75".
"James Hampton made a big improvement, and I think he has bigger things coming," Vance said. "He had an unfortunate attempt and rolled his ankle on the mat, otherwise I think he a bar or two more, but I thought he made some adjustments and really showed something today and got himself a qualifying mark."
In the men's Pole Vault, Thomas Nieto took first with a mark of 16' 0.75", while Tony McNeal won the men's long jump with a jump of 22' 11.25". The Texans would also take first in the men's triple jump as Kelsey Bell soared 42' 6".
On the women's side, Jordan Brown placed first overall in the 400 meters, turning in a final time of 1:00.10. Camille Lewis placed first for South Plains in the women's 800 meters, posting a time of 2:24.70. In the women's mile run, Esmeralda Espinoza took first in 5:58.21 while Tia Harry turned in the top time in the women's 60 hurdles in 8.96.
Joniar Thomas earned a first-place finish in the women's long jump, posting the top mark in the NJCAA to date with a jump of 19' 5.5", while sophomore All-American Onaara Obamuwagun was first in the women's triple jump with a mark of 43' 5". Genevieve Ige would cap the field events with a first-place finish in the women's shot put with a throw of 41' 5".
"Jonair Thomas was unable to compete last week, but she went out today and posted the top mark in junior college in her first attempt in a South Plains Uniform," Vance said. "We were really happy with that and she's going to be a good contributor for our women's team this year."
The Lady Texans posted the fastest time in the women's 4x400 as Success Umukoro, Lewis, Anna-Kay Allen, and Brown turned in a time of 3:57.37. In the women's pole vault, freshman Mackenzie Griffin posted the top mark with a clearance of 10' 6".
"From top to bottom, we competed much better as a group today," Vance said. "On both the men's and women's side, they were out there supporting each other and that's what we want to see. Our kids were cheering for each other from across the stands and across the field, and it was a good experience and was a lot of fun, and it reminded us about what we missed competing these last 10 or 11 months."