Former South Plains College track and field athletes slated to compete at NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships

Former South Plains College track and field athletes slated to compete at NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships

LEVELLAND — Synonymous with developing and sending student-athletes to some of the top Div. I programs across the country, the South Plains College track and field program will once again be well represented at the NCAA Track and Field National Championships June 9-12 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

The meet will air live on ESPNU, ESPN2, and ESPN3 beginning at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. The full broadcast schedule can be found here: https://www.ncaa.com/championships/trackfield-outdoor/d1/broadcast-info

An All-American for the Lady Texans and the current school record holder in the indoor long jump, junior Ruth Usoro will compete in the long and triple jump for Texas Tech University. The reigning indoor triple jump national champion for the Lady Raiders, Usoro will compete in the long jump at 5 p.m. on Thursday, and will compete in the triple jump at 3:20 p.m. on Saturday.

A two-time national champion in the women's outdoor 400 meters during her tenure in Levelland, Senior Natassha McDonald will take to the track in the women's 400 meters and women's 4x400 relay for the University of Alabama. A three-time All-American for the Crimson Tide, McDonald will run in the women's 400 meters at 5 p.m. on Thursday and will be back on the track for the women's 4x400 relay at 6:48 p.m. Thursday.

The school record holder in the men's indoor heptathlon, and an outdoor national champion in the decathlon at South Plains, junior Asani Hylton will compete in the decathlon for Stephen F. Austin University. The decathlon is slated to get underway on Wednesday with the 400 meters at 7:26 p.m.

A six-time All-American at SPC, including three individual national titles in the triple and long jump, senior Laquan Nairn will compete in the men's triple jump for the University of Arkansas. The current school record holder at South Plains in the indoor long jump, Nairn will jump at 5:20 p.m. on Friday.

A national champion in the men's triple jump, and national runner-up in the long jump, redshirt senior Isaiah Griffith will compete in the men's triple jump for the Oregon Ducks. Transferring to South Plains from the University of Nebraska, Griffith made an immediate impact for the Texans and currently holds the school record in the men's outdoor triple jump. Griffith will be in action at 5:20 p.m. on Friday.

A three-time national champion for SPC and the current school record holder in the men's 60-meter hurdles, Robert Dunning will compete in the men's 110-hurdles for the University of Alabama. A two-time All-American for the Crimson Tide, Dunning will take to the track at 6:02 p.m. on Wednesday.

An NJCAA All-American in the men's high jump for South Plains, senior Bryson DeBerry, a native of Plainview, will compete for the University of Texas at Arlington in the men's high jump. The Sun Belt Conference men's high jump champion, DeBerry will jump on Friday at 4:30 p.m.

A two-time NJCAA national champion for South Plains, and world record holder in the men's 600-yards, Moitalel Mpoke will compete for Texas A&M University in the men's 400-meter hurdles, and the Aggie's 4x400 relay team. Mpoke holds the school record in the 400 hurdles with a 48.81, which is currently the third-fastest time in the NCAA and ranks eighth in the world. Mpoke will run in the 400 hurdles at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday and at 8:18 p.m. in the 4x400 relay on Wednesday.

Full schedule of events: https://www.ncaa.com/championships/trackfield-outdoor/d1/events