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SPC announces five track and field signings

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LEVELLAND—The South Plains College Athletic Department held a press conference on Wednesday in the Texan Club to announce the signing of three members from the men's track and field team, as well as two athletes from the women's track and field team.

Saahir Bethea, a sophomore from Elkins Park, Pa. signed his national letter of intent to compete for the University of Kentucky next season. Bethea placed fifth in the triple jump at the Indoor national meet a year ago and is expected to be a key contributor for the Texans this season.

"I chose the University of Kentucky because it felt like a second home," Bethea said. "Coach Flow is one of the top long jump coaches in the country, so that gave me motivation to look forward to in the future."

Okeen Williams, a sophomore from St. Elizabeth, Jamaica signed his national letter of intent to run for the University of Alabama next year. Williams played a crucial role in helping the Texans win their 10th consecutive Outdoor national title last season after being crowned national champion in the 400-meter hurdles.

"I chose Alabama because coach Wiley has a great history of producing 400-meter runners," Williams said. "So, I think that will really help me in doing something really great in the 400- meter hurdles."

Kwaume McGee, a sophomore from Shreveport, La. inked his national letter of intent to compete for Louisiana Tech next season. McGee was a third place finisher in the men's high jump at last year's Indoor national meet and will look to play an even bigger role for the Texans in 2016.

"I chose Louisiana Tech because it was one of the schools that I looked at before I came here," McGee said. "It's closer to home and I like some of the things the coaches did with some of the previous jumpers that they had."

Mauricia Prieto, a sophomore from Trinidad and Tobago will also head to the South Eastern Conference and attend the University of Alabama next season. Prieto runs the 100, 200 and 400 for the Lady Texans and was a national champion last season in the women's 4x100.

"I chose Alabama because they have a great track and field program there," Prieto said. "The coaches are really great and the team is really friendly and I felt at home, so that's why I chose them."

Joi Gill, a sophomore from Houston, TX will return home to attend Houston Baptist University next season. Gill runs the 100 and 200 for South Plains and will be counted upon this season to help get the Lady Texans into contention to compete for a national title.

"I'm going to sign with HBU because it felt like a good fit," Gill said. "They're willing to work with me and make me better and help me get my degree. I liked the team because they all get along just like at South Plains."

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