LUBBOCK — The stage was set.
Trailing Barton County by two points with a single race remaining, the top-ranked South Plains College men's track and field team controlled its own destiny. With the South Plains College faithful packed into the Texas Tech Sports Performance Center chanting "SPC", the Texans didn't disappoint.
Running as the anchor for the orange and blue in the men's 4X400 relay, Montel Hood barreled down the final stretch in front of a ruckus crowd as the Texans finished second with a 3:09.56, two spots ahead of Barton to take a 94-92 lead in the final standings as they captured the 2018 NJCAA Men's Indoor National Championship, their sixth indoor title in program history and first since 2015.
"I knew Barton was on my tail and had to keep pushing," Hood said. "I like to make my move in the final half of the race, so I kicked at the halfway mark and was able to pass him smoothly. All you feel at that moment is jitters going through your body, but we all pulled together and made it happen. Every time we step on the track we give it everything we have, and it paid off for us today."
LEVELLAND — Championship weekend.
The South Plains College men’s and women’s track and field teams will look to add to the trophy case this weekend at the 2018 NJCAA Indoor National Championships at the Texas Tech Sports Performance Center March 2-3.
The Texans have ascended to the top of the USTFCCCA national rankings and will enter the weekend ranked first in the country. Led by head coach Erik Vance, the Texans have amassed 15 top 10 national marks in 12 different events.
The Western Junior College Athletic Conference recently announced the members of the WJCAC Commissioner's Honor Roll for Fall 2017 semester, including 18 athletes from South Plains College. Student-athletes had to have a 3.25 GPA or better to be selected.
The South Plains College men’s and women’s cross country teams will travel to Fort Dodge, Iowa this weekend for the 2017 NJCAA Cross Country Championships on Nov. 11 at the Lakeside Golf Course.
The men’s 8k will get underway at 11 a.m., followed by the women’s 5k at noon.
LEVELLAND — The South Plains College men’s cross country team defended their regional crown on Saturday at Lake Brashear Park in Levelland as they captured their second consecutive NJCAA Region V Cross Country Championship title.
The Texans placed five runners inside the top 10 to finish with a final team average of 25:28.70. El Paso Community College placed second, followed by Ranger, Western Texas and Odessa College.
LEVELLAND — The South Plains College men’s and women’s cross country teams will look to add to their trophy case come Saturday when they host the NJCAA Region V Cross Country Championships at Brashear Lake Park in Levelland.
The women’s 5k will get underway at 10:45 a.m., followed by the men’s 8k at 11:15.
LEVELLAND—The South Plains College men's and women's cross country teams were back in action on Saturday on their home course at the 2017 South Plains College Open at Brashear Lake Park.
Ranked third in the latest USTFCCCA national polls, the Texans protected their home course and picked up their fifth consecutive first-place finish placing four runners inside the top 10.
LEVELLAND—A week after sweeping the New Mexico Junior College Invitational in Hobbs, the South Plains College men’s and women’s cross country teams will return to action on Saturday when they host the South Plains College Open at Brashear Lake Park beginning with the women’s 5k at 10:45 a.m.
The men’s 8k will get underway at 11:15 and both races will be streamed live at spctexans.com
HOBBS—Another week. Another sweep.
The South Plains College men’s and women’s cross country teams picked up a pair of first-place finishes on Friday evening at the New Mexico Junior College Invitational at Harry McAdams Park.
LEVELLAND—The South Plains College men’s and women’s cross country teams will return to action on Friday when they travel to Hobbs, NM for the New Mexico Junior College Open beginning at 5 p.m. MST.
The Texans will look to pick up their fourth consecutive victory in the men’s 8k, led by sophomore All-American Felix Kosgei. The Lady Texans’ veteran squad of Leslie Romero, Poro Gahekave, Seselia Dala and Caitlyn Mercer continue to make their claim as one of the top women’s teams in the country.
LAS VEGAS, NM—For the third time in as many weeks, the South Plains College Texan cross country team captured its third consecutive first-place finish on Saturday at the New Mexico Highlands Cross Country Jam.
South Plains placed four runners inside the top five and six inside the top 10. The Texans were once again led by sophomore standout Felix Kosgei who earned his third straight top finish with a mark of 24:36 in the men’s 8k. Freshmen Andrew Bosquez and Filmon Beyene finished second and third for the Texans with times of 25:10 and 25:17, respectively.
LEVELLAND—The South Plains College men’s and women’s cross country teams will travel to Las Vegas, New Mexico on Saturday to compete in the New Mexico Highlands Cross Country Jam.
The Texans enter Saturday as winners of their first two meets which earned them a No. 4 national ranking in the newly released USTFCCCA polls. Led by sophomore All-American Felix Kosgei, the Texans swept the top four spots a week ago in Snyder at the Western Texas College Open and will look for a similar performance come Saturday.
SNYDER—The South Plains College men’s cross country team picked up their second consecutive first-place finish on Saturday at the Western Texas College Open.
The Texans concluded the men’s 8k with an average team time of 27:34, sweeping the top four spots and placing six runners inside the top 10. All-American Felix Kosgei placed first overall with a mark of 26:24, while Andrew Bosquez (27:25), Filmon Beyene (27:34) and Benjamin Rono (27:48) rounded out the top four positions.
LEVELLAND—The South Plains College men’s and women’s cross country teams will look for a repeat performance when they travel to Snyder on Saturday following a week one performance that concluded with a pair of top-five finishes at the Texas Tech Open.
The men’s 8k will get underway at 9 a.m. at the Western Texas College cross country course, followed by the women’s 5k at 9:35.
LUBBOCK—Sophomore All-American Felix Kosgei ran a 25:02.50 on Saturday in the men’s 8k of the Texas Tech Open at the Chaparral Ridge Golf Course, finishing second overall and leading the Texans to a first place finish in their first meet of the season.
South Plains’ Andrew Bosquez placed fifth with a time of 25:57.10 amongst 93 runners. Benjamin Ronoh placed 18th with a time of 26:48.10, as the Texans finished with an average team time of 26:47.16 and 52 total team points. Lubbock Christian placed second with 55 points, as Wayland Baptist, UT-Permian Basin, and West Texas A&M rounded out the top five.
LEVELLAND—The South Plains College Texan and Lady Texan cross country teams will begin their 2017 campaign on Saturday at the Chaparral Ridge Golf Course in Lubbock as they look to build on a pair of top 10 national finishes a season ago.
“With this group we’ve got, I was impressed,” South Plains head track and field coach Erik Vance said. “I thought they showed up very fit, and I thought they showed up ready to work. With what workouts I’ve seen so far, I’m very impressed with what we got.”