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Lady T-Birds Finish 4th at National Track Meet

5/20/2014 10:23:21 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. [Story courtesy of HOBBS NEWS SUN]

The New Mexico Junior College women’s track and field team finished in fourth place at the NJCAA outdoor track and field championships that wrapped up late Saturday night at Riggs Stadium at Mesa Community College in Mesa, Ariz.

The Lady Thunderbirds finished with 55 points – 31 points behind Central Arizona College for third place.

The fourth-place finish is tied for the best finish in NMJC history at the outdoor national championships (the 2010 team also took fourth).   South Plains College won the national title with 162 points, 43 points ahead of s e c o n d - p l a c e Iowa Central Community College. South Plains also won the men’s national title.

NMJC freshman Gleneve Grange was a national runner-up in the shot put with a distance of 47 feet, 3 1/2 inches – finishing less than two feet behind Micah Dennis of Central Arizona.

Grange was also a national runner-up in the discus with a throw of 166-08. She finished behind Tayla Greene of Coffeyville and her throw of 172-2.

Grange took seventh in the javelin with a throw of 124-05 (Sharon Toako of North Iowa won the event with a distance of 138-10) and 18th in the hammer throw (126-4).

The Lady Thunderbirds had another national runner up in the triple jump as Micayla Collins took second with a distance of 38-6 3/4, finishing behind only Elizabeth Dadzie of Iowa Central (40-6 1/4).

Collins also finished 11th in the long jump (17-9   3/4).

NMJC freshman Purity Murray took fourth in the 5,000 (18:09.40). Lydia Mato of Barton won the event (17:19.59).

Murray took fifth in the 3,000 steeplechase with a time of 11:33.77 (setting a school record). Viola Kebenei of Iowa Central won the event (11:09.03).

Murray had another fifth-place finish in the 10,000 (40:05.50) – finishing less than a minute behind the winner Mato (39:08.93).

Fellow NMJC freshman Shanika Dessein finished fourth in the 800 with a time of 2:12.63. Agnes Abu of Barton won the event (2:09.92).

NMJC sophomore Mariam Kromah took fourth in the 400 (54.74) with Chrisann Gordan of South Plains winning the event (51.91).

Freshman Markita Rush finished ninth in the heptathlon with 3,971 points.

In the relays, the 4x400 team of Annastasia Scott, Marquetta Mapps, Dessein and Kromah took fourth with a time of 3:44.07. South Plains won the event (3:36.64).

The Lady T-Birds 4x100 relay team of Katrina Weir, Mapps, Scott and Mayah Edwards finished eighth (47.86).

The fourth-place finish for NMJC caps a strong track and field year for the Lady T-Birds after they took second at this year’s NJCAA indoor national championships.

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