Thomas crowned women's long jump national champion, Nieto takes second in men's pole vault Tuesday

Thomas crowned women's long jump national champion, Nieto takes second in men's pole vault Tuesday

LEVELLAND — The South Plains College men's and women's track and field teams began their quest for a national crown Tuesday on day one of the NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships at the Texan Track and Field Complex.

Joniar Thomas brought South Plains College its first individual national champion in the women's long jump, notching 10 points for the Lady Texans. Thomas went 20' 5" to earn national title honors, while teammate Onaara Obamawagun tallied three points, placing sixth in the long jump with a mark of 19' 4.75".

The Texans picked up six points in the men's long jump, as Tony McNeal went 23' 11.50" to take third in the event. South Plains added 10 points in the men's pole vault, as Thomas Nieto took second with a clearance of 17' 0.75", racking up eight points, while Scott Frazier got over the bar at 14' 7.25", good enough for seventh and two points. The Texans added six points in the men's 4x800 relay, as Dwight Mason, Issac Hastings, Mehdi Yanouri, and Javon-Taye Williams took third in 7:43.80.

The Lady Texans added six points to their team total in the women's 4x800, as Cemore Donald, Esmeralda Espinoza, Lexi Jackson, and Camille Lewis took third in a time of 9:52.10. After four events in the heptathlon, Thomas sits second with 3068 points. New Mexico Junior College' Luisarys Toledo is currently first with 3149 points. Thomas won the 100-meter hurdles in 14.32, and also placed first in the 200-meter dash in 24.74. Thomas earned a second-place finish in the high jump with a mark of 5' 1.75", and was third in shot put with a throw of 32' 5".

Action is scheduled to continue Wednesday morning with the men's decathlon at 9 a.m. Field events will kick off with the men's shot put at 11 a.m., with running events slated for a 1 p.m. start with the women's 1500 meters. The entire meet will stream live at spctexans.com and live results can be found here: http://www.spato.us/cresults/2021/spcnjcaaoutdoor/