SPC track and field teams compete in final meet before nationals Saturday in Lubbock

SPC track and field teams compete in final meet before nationals Saturday in Lubbock

LUBBOCK — The South Plains College men's and women's track and field teams were back on the track for their final tune-up before the national meet Saturday at the Texas Tech Corky/Crofoot Shootout at the Terry & Linda Fuller Track and Field Complex.

SPC will return to action on May 11-13 in Levelland, competing at the NJCAA Div. I Outdoor Track and Field National Championships at the Texan Track and Field Complex.

"We had a meeting tonight and the mantra was 10 days," South Plains head coach Erik Vance said. "We have 10 days until we compete for everything we have worked for. We have to go finish what we started. We've been at this for nine months, and it's time to finish the job."

Sophomore All-American Romaine Beckford, who currently leads the NJCAA in the men's high jump, placed second Saturday in the high jump with a mark of 7'1". The Texans would earn another second place finish in the men's pole vault, as Thomas Nieto cleared the bar at 16' 5.25".

The Texans notched a second place finish in the men's 4x100, as Breylin Butler, Chaunzvia Lewis, Gabriel Woodard, and Kendal Culmer crossed the line 40.75. SPC picked up its first event title in the men's 1500 meters, as freshman All-American Mehdi Yanouri took first in 3:57.80.

"Breylin Butler is the most improved person on this team," Vance said. "He's a kid that walked on and got off to a tough start. He's improved like nobody I've seen, and he's a rockstar kid that doesn't say too much. He just shows up and puts the work in. He was a guy who we didn't know if he would do too much, but now he's probably going to be the guy to start us off in the 4x100. He has improved vastly over the course of the season."

Tia Harry turned in a second place finish in the women's 100m hurdles for South Plains, posting a final time of 14.13. In the men's 110m hurdles, Justin Guy was second with a time of 13.87. Anna-Kay Allen earned a fifth place finish in the women's 400 meters, clocking a 55.19. The Texans went three-four in the men's 400 meters as Shevoie Reid was third in 47.05, while Seydi Sall was fourth in 47.35.

The Lady Texans picked up an event title in the women's 100 meters as sophomore All-American Rosemary Chukwuma was the first runner across the line in 11.18. Chanzavia Lewis earned a third place finish in the men's 100 meters, posting a 10.54, while Cemore Donald took second in the women's 800 meters for South Plains with a time of 2:13.33. In the men's 800 meters, Yanouri was fourth with a time of 1:50.90.

Camille Lewis turned in a fourth place finish in the women's 400 hurdles with a time of 1:03.13, while Chris Robinson was second in the men's 400 hurdles with a time of 51.41. Butler tallied a third place finish in the men's 200 meters for the Texans, crossing the line in 21.75.

"Camille Lewis is going to make some noise at the national meet," Vance said. "She was an 800 runner coming in and had never hurdled before, and now she is one of the top 400 hurdlers in junior college."

The Lady Texans closed out the meet with a second place finish in the women's 4x400, as Success Umukoro, Keshana Page, Allen, and Lewis posted a 3:42.13. The Texans also took second in the men's 4x400, as Chris Robinson, Lewis, Sall, and Khaleb McRae ran a 3:06.53.

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