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TBirds Claim National Runner-Up at Championships

TBirds Claim National Runner-Up at Championships photo 3/9/2016 11:25:22 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. The New Mexico Junior College Indoor Track & Field team had a great weekend at the NJCAA Indoor National Championships. Despite earning victories in four events, New Mexico's 107 points for the meet fell just short of the 115 compiled by Iowa Central.

The National Championship was snatched from the Thunderbirds late in the day on Saturday when, during the 400m, Freshman Christine Mosshad established herself as the runner to beat. With 60m left in the race, and Moss in the lead, she was tripped and went crashing to the track and with her, the National Title. The runner from Barton County was disqualified for interference but the damage was done.

The runner-up Thunderbirds posted two victories in the relay events, winning the 4x400 in 3:44.48. The team included Jahneya MitchellQuadaisha Newkirk, Kamira Franmklin and Christine Moss. The National Champion 4x800 relay team made up of Ja'Ianna Williams, Abigale Bitler, Dehavalan Watts, and Silvia Sosa turned in a school record time of 9:36.90.

Individual winning performances for New Mexico included sophomore Jahneya Mitchell's 1:32.57 performance in the 600-meter run and freshmanTamara Moncrieffe's 12.86-meter effort in the triple jump.  Both individual performances were new school records.

The Thunderbirds also brought home four national runner-up performances as the DMR team of Sosa, Ni'Jia Mcname, Williams and Rose Jebet ran 12:03.29. Jebet also claimed all-american honors in the 3000m, running a school record time of 10:06.39. Triple Jumper Latavia Coombs turned in a leap of 41'4 1/4 in the Triple Jump and Newkirk ran 56:02 in the 400M.

Overall, the Thunderbirds brought home 26 all-americans from the championships. They will return home and take some time to recooperate for the outdoor season which begins on March 24th at Texas Tech.

NOTE: Prior to the start of the meet, Coach Keith Blackwill was named the USTFCCCA West Region Coach of the Year.

*All-American Places 1-3 NJCAA, 4-8 Coaches Association

60M9th Place Kamira Franklin7.64
 30th Place Alexis Brooks7.86
 34th Place Marcya Spivey7.93
200M4th PlaceAll-AmericanKamira Franklin24.74
 12th Place Kayelle Clarke25.22
400M2nd PlaceAll-AmericanQuadaisha Newkirk56.02
600M1st PlaceAll-American/School Record Jahneya Mitchell1:32.57
800M6th PlaceAll-AmericanJa'lanna Williams2:20.24
1000M5th PlaceAll-AmericanSilvia Sosa3:03.50
Mile3rd PlaceAll-AmericanRose Jebet5:09.66
3000M2nd Place All-American/School RecordRose Jebet10:06.39
5000M22nd Place Cassidy Reddell20:29.31
60M H8th PlaceAll-AmericanLatavia Coombs8:90
4x4001st PlaceAll-AmericanWilliams, Butler, Watts, Sosa9:36.90
DMR2nd PlaceAll-American/School RecordSosa, McNamee, Williams, Jebet12:03.29
High Jump5th PlaceAll-AmericanKelsey Shannon5' 5-1/4"
 12th Place Hanifah Abdulqadir5' 3-1/4"
Long Jump14th Place Latavia Coombs17' 5-1/2"
 16th Place Tamara Moncrieffe17' 4=3/4"
Triple Jump1st PlaceAll-American/School RecordTamara Moncrieffe42' 2-1/4"
 2nd PlaceAll-AmericanLatavia Coombs41' 4-1/4"
 4th PlaceAll-AmericanHanifah Abdulqadir39' 4-1/2"
Shot Put8th PlaceAll-AmericanRochelle Frazer44' 6-1/4"
Pentathlon3rd PlaceAll-AmericanLatavia Coombs3302 pts
 11th Place Abbigale Butler2785 pts

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