LUBBOCK — The South Plains College men's and women's track and field teams were back on the track Saturday at the 2021 Masked Rider Open at the Terry & Linda Fuller Track and Field Complex on the campus of Texas Tech University.
"It was good for us to see the level of coemption we did today," South Plains head coach Erik Vance said. "There were some really good teams out there, and we're starting to get into the meat of the outdoor season and see the level of competition really step up. We were happy with the way our kids competed today."
Romaine Beckford highlighted the day for the Texans as the sophomore All-American won the men's high jump event, clearing 7' 1.5" on his third bar of the day. In the men's pole vault, freshman Thomas Nieto placed second, getting over the bar at 16' 7.5". Competing against an elite field of jumpers, including former South Plains standout and current NCAA All-American for the Lady Raiders Ruth Usoro, freshman Joniar Thomas placed third in the women's long jump with a mark of 20' 2.5".
"Top to bottom, I thought our women's team performed very well," Vance said. "Romaine had a good day in the high jump, and I thought it was the first time since nationals he's really been challenged. Overall we had a good meet on both sides, and when you get to the middle of the season like that you just go out and compete the best you can."
Austin Montgomery also took third in the men's long jump for South Plains, soaring 22' 8.5". The Texans James Hampton placed in the top 10 in the long jump, taking seventh overall with a jump of 21' 8.25". In the women's triple jump, South Plains All-American and reigning indoor national champion Onaara Obamuwagun took third with a final mark of 43' 6".
In the men's 1500 meters, freshman All-American Mehdi Yanouri took second with a time of 3:56.77. Yanouri also took fifth in the men's 800 meters, clocking a time of 1:52.52. Freshman Ann-Kay Allen notched a top 10 finish in the women's 400 meters, crossing the line 56.45 to take seventh overall. The Texans went five-six in the men's 400 meters, as freshman Shevonie Reid was fifth in 47.13, and Seydi Sall was sixth in 47.31.
In the women's 100 meters, freshman All-American Rosemary Chukwuma earned a second-place finish for the Lady Texans, crossing the line in 11.38. Chukwuma would then go on to place second in the women's 200 meters, turning in a time of 23.49. Chaunzavia Lewis turned in a fifth-place finish in the men's 100 meters for SPC, posting a time of 10.54, and took fourth in the men's 200 meters in 21.08.
The Lady Texans would close out the meet with a fifth-place finish in the women's 4x400 as Jordan Brown, Keshana Page, Thomas, and Lexi Jackson turned in a time of 3:50.68. The Texans wrapped up the meet with a second-place finish in the men's 4x400 as Shevoie Reid, Isaiah Palmer, Sall, and Lewis clocked a 3:09.80.
"I think we can improve our toughness, and these next two meets we need to get after it and get some work done," Vance said. "We're doing what we need to do to be successful come nationals, and I think this group is capable, but we need to take advantage of every opportunity that we have to get better. If we do that we will be fine in the end."
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