Texans and Lady Texans Sweep the NJCAA Competition Again

HUTCHINSON, Kan. – South Plains College track and field dominated the NJCAA outdoor championships as the Lady Texans won the meet with 192 points and 11 event titles, while the Texans scored 142 points for top honors and took home four event championships.

Sophomore Colleen Felix added a second NJCAA championship to her resume for the weekend (3rd overall) when she won the javelin by more than five feet with a winning throw of 153-04.  Felix is the defending champion in the event and also won the triple jump during Friday's competition.

Kelly Closse earned her fifth career NJCAA championship when she was victorious in the women's discus throw.  Closse's best attempt of 156-02 won the competition by nearly 9-feet.  She won the women's shot put yesterday and also won the outdoor shot put held in this venue in 2009 as well as the indoor shot put and weight throw in March 2009.

Dellon Williams and Kyron Blaise came up just short in their bid to sweep the top two spots in the long jump when they finished second and third overall with leaps of 25-01.75 and 24-09.00.  Anthony May had a best jump of 24-03.00 to finish seventh.

Quincy Wilson added a second runner-up finish after he hurled the discus 173-01 on his fifth attempt.  Daniel Rodriguez and Dillon Welch also found themselves on the podium after finishing fifth and sixth with throws of 159-08 and 149-00, respectively.

In the women's long jump, Erynn Young took runner-up honors when she leaped 19-06.75 on her final attempt.  Her teammate, Shaneika McRae, finished seventh.

Soon after the long jump Young cleared 5-07.00 to claim third place in the women's high jump.  Jona McGowen and Kristian Spencer also claimed spots on the award stand with sixth and seventh place finishes.

Anthony May passed on the opening height in the men's high jump and then cleared the next three bars on his first attempt to put himself right in the mix for the championship.  He could not clear 6-10.75, however, and settled for third place and honorable mention all-American honors. 

Windy conditions could not deter the Lady Texan 4x100 meter relay team as leadoff leg Shawna Anderson took control of the race early and teammates Janelle Redhead, Nicquel Thomas and Jura Levy finished off the competition in a time of 44.80 seconds, just off the Lady Texan season best of 44.63 seconds.

One hour later, Levy took top honors in the 100 meter dash final when she ran a SPC school record time of 11.15 seconds and just missed leading her teammates to a sweep when Redhead finished third in 11.44 seconds and Anderson was fourth in 11.49 seconds.

At 3:05 p.m., less than one hour after the 100 meter dash final, Levy again dominated the competition with another school record time of 22.95 seconds in the 200 meter dash, this time leading her teammates to a 1-2-3 sweep.  Redhead, who was the school record holder before the race began, dipped under her old record with a time of 23.04 seconds, while Thomas finished with a time of 23.52 seconds for third place.

The Texan 4x100 meter relay team of Niko Williams-Richey, Isaiah Gill, Devin Hill and Rondell Bartholomew battled tough but came up just short in their bid to claim the NJCAA championship when they crossed the line second with a time of 40.78 seconds.

Texan 400 meter runners Rondell Bartholomew, Anton Kokorin and Troy Faulkner entered Saturday's final with the three fastest times and did not disappoint as they swept the NJCAA 400 meter final with Bartholomew taking top honors with a time of 45.53 seconds.  Kokorin was second in 46.08 seconds, while Faulkner was third when he crossed the finish line with a time of 47.50 seconds.

Kokorin later finished third in the 200 meter dash with a time of 21.02 seconds.

Shakeeri Cole successfully defended her NJCAA title in the 800 meters when she led from wire-to-wire and crossed the line in a season best time of 2:08.50, just missing the SPC school record.  Lisa Forsberg took the second spot when she finished with a time of 2:10.82. 

Marcelis Lynch also led from the gun in the men's 800 meter run and held on for the victory with a time of 1:52.21. 

Lynch's victory in the men's 800 meter run is not only significant due to winning a NJCAA championship, but also because it helped the Texans and Lady Texans sweep the event for the second straight year.  In 2009 Cole and Fred Samoei won 800 titles for SPC.

Entering the 2010 outdoor season Chante'sean White had never run the 400 meter hurdles and she is now the NJCAA champion in the event when she broke her own school record and nearly dipped under the 60-second barrier with a time of 1:00.04.

Both the Lady Texans and Texans had easily wrapped up the team titles by the time the 4x400 meter relays were scheduled to run as the SPC women held a 60 point lead and the Texans were up by 52 points. 

Shakeeri Cole ran a great leadoff leg and quickly put the Lady Texans into the lead.  Levy, Angelique Lykes and Redhead easily handled the rest and ran away for the win in 3:38.61.
Kervin Morgan, Troy Faulkner, Anton Kokorin and Rondell Bartholomew also dominated the 4x400 meter field when they crossed the line with the winning time of 3:07.79 to complete a well rounded meet.

In the post meet ceremonies, head coach Chris Beene was named men's and women's coach of the meet and Dellon Williams was honored as the men's field event athlete of the meet.  The Texans have now won three consecutive outdoor championships, while 2010 marks the second in a row for the Lady Texans.

Lady Texan NJCAA Champions
Angelle Miranda         4x800 Relay
Shakeeri Cole                   4x800 Relay
Lorianne Pattee         4x800 Relay
Lisa Forsberg                   4x800 Relay
Colleen Felix                   Triple Jump, Javelin
Kelly Closse                    Shot Put, Discus
Shawna Anderson         4x100 Relay
Janelle Redhead         4x100 Relay, 4x400 Relay
Nicquel Thomas          4x100 Relay
Jura Levy                       4x100 Relay, 100, 200, 4x400 Relay
Shakeeri Cole                   800, 4x400 Relay
Chante'sean White               400 hurdles
Angelique Lykes         4x400 Relay

Texan NJCAA Champions
Dellon Williams         Triple Jump
Rondell Bartholomew             400, 4x400 Relay
Marcelis Lynch          800
Kervin Morgan           4x400 Relay
Troy Faulkner                   4x400 Relay
Anton Kokorin           4x400 Relay

Lady Texan NJCAA Runner-ups
Kadian Dunkley          3,000 Steeplechase
Erynn Young                     Long Jump
Lisa Forsberg                   800
Janelle Redhead         200

Texan NJCAA Runner-ups
Quincy Wilson           Shot Put, Discus
Kyron Blaise                    Triple Jump
Dellon Williams         Long Jump
Niko Williams-Richey    4x100 Relay
Isaiah Gill                     4x100 Relay
Devin Hill                      4x100 Relay
Rondell Bartholomew             4x100 Relay
Anton Kokorin           400

Lady Texan NJCAA 3rd Team all-Americans
Kelly Closse                    Hammer Throw
Janelle Redhead         100
Nicquel Thomas          200
Erynn Young                     High Jump

Texan NJCAA 3rd Team all-Americans
Kyron Blaise                    Long Jump
Anthony May                     High Jump
Troy Faulkner                   400
Anton Kokorin           200

New School Records
Lady Texan 4x800 Relay
100                             Jura Levy               11.15 seconds
400 hurdles                     Chante'sean White       1:00.04
200                             Jura Levy               22.95 seconds