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Basketball and Track Teams Have a Winning Weekend!

1/28/2014 11:05:32 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. 22nd-Ranked T-Birds pick up road win


The 22nd-ranked New Mexico Junior College men’s basketball team used a strong defensive effort to pick up a Western Junior College Athletic Conference win on the road over Clarendon College 58-51 Monday in Clarendon, Texas.

The Thunderbirds (17-4, 5-3) led 29-20 at the half, and while the final margin of victory was eight points, NMJC never let Clarendon (5-15, 0-7) get within six points the rest of the way and led by eight to 12 points for much of the second half – forcing the Bulldogs to shoot 31 percent from the field.

“Defensively, I thought the guys did a good job of knowing the defenses and were strong rebounding the ball on the defensive end,” NMJC coach James Miller said. “We forced them into a lot of tough shots.”

Jeff Newberry led the T-Birds – who were an uncharacteristic 1-for-13 from beyond the arc – with 14 points to go along with four rebounds while Chris Boucher had 10 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks.  NMJC travels to play Frank Phillips on Thursday.

WOMEN  NMJC 79, Clarendon 61

The New Mexico Junior College women’s basketball team took the lead just after midway through the first half and never gave it back during a 79-61 victory over Clarendon College on Monday in Clarendon, Texas.

The Lady Thunderbirds (15-5, 6-1) trailed 9-2 to start the game but overtook Clarendon (9-10, 1-5) with roughly seven minutes left in the first half and took a 41-33 lead into the half.  NMJC’s lead grew to 18 points in the second half but was cut to single digits a couple times (thanks to Clarendon hitting 13 3-pointers in the game) before the T-Birds pulled away.

“We did a good job in the second half of getting our posts touches,” NMJC coach Drew Sanders said. “Angelica de Paulo had her best game of the year and (Kassandra) Harris again led us in points and rebounds.”

Harris led NMJC with 19 points, de Paulo finished with 18 points, Blair Richmond had 10 points, Jolanna Ford and Tanya Simpson each had six points while Leila Jdily-Ezzad and Viktoriia Kotilevskaia each had five points. NMJC travels to play Frank Phillips on Thursday.

Lady T-Birds Competes Well in Pentathlon at UNM

The pentathlon is one of the toughest events in Track and Field. It is a Multi-event that combines five different Track and Field elements into one event.  The teams went to UNM in Albuquerque this past weekend for the Cherry and Silver Collegiate Invitational.

Leading the way for the Lady T-Birds and finishing second overall was Gleneve Grange. The only athlete to beat Grange was the returning NCAA Champion from the University of Kansas. Finishing in 6th and 7th for NMJC were Corneshia Moore and Danyell Kates. Rounding out the NMJC competitors is Shadorian Rand with a 13th place finish in the field of 15 athletes.     

Listed below are the total points and the individual performances in each of the five events.


NamePoints60HHJSPLJ800MCurrent NJCAA Rank
Gleneve Grange31779.614.9-1/2"44'8"16'-1/4"2:44.882nd
Corneshia Moore29059.195'3-1/4"27'11"13'6-3/4"2:45.025th
Danyell Kates2519.275'2-1/4"18'-1/4"16'2"2:54.938th
Shadorian Rand207110.874'7"21'11-1/2"13'10-1/2"2:57.7213th

Lady T-Birds add qualifiers at UNM

The Lady T-Birds continued the 2014 season at the UNM Cherry and Silver Invitational. The meet saw the Lady T-Birds compete against top NCAA (D1 and D2) and NAIA schools from across the country. 

Having a great meet for the Ladies was freshman Shanika Dessein. Dessein qualified for nationals in two open events (600M and 800M). “Shanika ran well and is now ranked number one in the NJCAA in both of these events” commented Assistant Track Coach, Jeff Becker.

Mayah Edwards and Sharrona Williams also hit new national qualifying marks, Edwards in the 60M and Williams in the 200M.  

The next action for the Lady T-Birds will take place January 31st and February 1st as the team travels back to Lubbock for the 2nd Texas Tech Meet.


60MSharrona Williams7.74Improved National Qualifier
 Mayah Edwards7.75National Qualifier
 Katrina Weir7.85 
 Elexis Fairley7.92 
200MSharrona Williams25.38National Qualifier
 Elexis Fairley26.49 
 Mayah Edwards26.79 
400MMariam Kromah57.39Improved National Qualifier
 Annastasia Scott60.06 
 Camille Nelson60.53 
 Markita Rush61.40 
 Deserae Grant65.38 
600MShanika Dessein1:34.51National Qualifier
800MShanika Dessein2:16.60National Qualifier
MilePurity Murray5:34.79 
 Isidra Guerrero6:07.52 
60M HurdlesMarkita Rush9:00Improved National Qualifier
 Azia McBrown10:23 
4x400MScott, Nelson, Moore, Thompson4:01.21 
Shot PutGleneve Grange44'7-1/2" 
Long JumpMicayla Collins16'9-3/4" 
Triple JumpMicayla Collins35'2-1/2" 
 Danyell Kates35'-1/2" 


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