Beckford captures silver medal in men's high jump, Texans, Lady Texans in contention heading into final day of Outdoor National Championships

Beckford captures silver medal in men's high jump, Texans, Lady Texans in contention heading into final day of Outdoor National Championships

LEVELLAND — The South Plains College men's and women's track and field teams posted another solid outing on day two of the NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships Wednesday at the Texan Track and Field Complex, putting themselves in contention for national gold come Thursday.

After two days, The Texans are fourth with 30 points in the men's team standings with nine events scored. Cloud County is currently first with 57 points, while Iowa Central sits second with 39 points, and Barton County is third with 34 points. The Lady Texans will head into the final day in third with 28 points, as New Mexico Junior College leads the women's standings with 48 points, and Iowa Central is second with 40 points.

Sophomore All-American Romaine Beckford added eight points to the Texans' total in the men's high jump, earning a silver medal with a mark of 6' 11.75". In the women's heptathlon, Joniar Thomas notched eight points for the Lady Texans with a second-place overall finish, compiling 5019 points. Thomas placed third in the long jump with a mark of 18' 7", and was second in the javelin with a throw of 138' 2". Thomas capped off the heptathlon with a seventh-place finish in the 800 meters, crossing the line in 2:46.94. Thomas would then move to the women's high jump competition, where she tallied five points thanks to a fourth-place national finish, clearing the bar at 5' 6".

Action will continue Thursday at 9 a.m. with the men's javelin throw, with running events slated to begin at noon. The meet will stream live at spctexans.com and live results can be found here: http://www.spato.us/cresults/2021/spcnjcaaoutdoor/

South Plains finals qualifiers:

Lady Texans 4x100, 4x400

Camille Lewis: women's 400-meter hurdles

Success Umukoro: women's 400-meter dash

Anna-Kay Allen: women's 400-meter dash

Tia Harry: women's 100-meter hurdles

Cemore Donald: women's 800-meter run

Rosemary Chukwuma: women's 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash

Men's 4x400

Chris Robinson: men's 400-meter hurdles

Khaleb McRae: men's 400-meter dash

Seydi Sall: men's 400-meter dash, 800-meter run

Mehdi Yanouri: men's 1500 meter run, 800-meter run

Justin Guy: men's 110-meter hurdles

Javon-Taye Williams: 800-meter run