Vance tabbed National Men’s Coach of the Year, Texans, Lady Texans take home national awards Wednesday

Vance tabbed National Men’s Coach of the Year, Texans, Lady Texans take home national awards Wednesday

LEVELLAND — The South Plains College men's and women's track and field teams were recognized by the USTFCCCA Wednesday after placing first and second at the NJCAA indoor national meet last weekend in Pittsburg, KS.

Leading the Texans to the 2021 NJCAA Indoor Men's Track and Field National Championship, South Plains head coach Erik Vance was named the USTFCCCA National Men's Coach of the Year. The Texans won five event titles, amassing 138 points as they brought home the program's second title in four years.

In just his second year in Levelland, assistant coach Wes Miller has helped the Texans reach the top of the podium. For his efforts, Miller was named the USTFCCCA National Men's Assistant Coach of the Year. Miller played a huge part in helping the Texans amass the final 138 team total, the second largest team total since 2014.

Anchoring the Texans on the track, sophomore Khaleb McRae was named the USTFCCCA Men's National Track Athlete of the Year. McRae was crowned national champion in the men's 600, posting a time of 1:17.71, and took second in the 400 in a time of 46.71. MaRae posted the seventh-best time in NJCAA history in the 600 and the 400.

Leading the Lady Texans to a runner-up finish at the national meet, sophomore Onaara Obamuwagun was named the USTFCCCA National Women's Field Athlete of the Year. Obamuwagun won the women's triple jump event for the second straight year with a mark of 43' 1", which ranks sixth on the NJCAA all-time list. Obamuwagun also placed second in the long jump with a mark of 19' 9.25".