TBirds Claim National Runner-Up at Championships
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 Mitchell, Quadaisha 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
|60M||9th Place||Kamira Franklin||7.64|
|30th Place||Alexis Brooks||7.86|
|34th Place||Marcya Spivey||7.93|
|200M||4th Place||All-American||Kamira Franklin||24.74|
|12th Place||Kayelle Clarke||25.22|
|400M||2nd Place||All-American||Quadaisha Newkirk||56.02|
|600M||1st Place||All-American/School Record||Jahneya Mitchell||1:32.57|
|800M||6th Place||All-American||Ja'lanna Williams||2:20.24|
|1000M||5th Place||All-American||Silvia Sosa||3:03.50|
|Mile||3rd Place||All-American||Rose Jebet||5:09.66|
|3000M||2nd Place||All-American/School Record||Rose Jebet||10:06.39|
|5000M||22nd Place||Cassidy Reddell||20:29.31|
|60M H||8th Place||All-American||Latavia Coombs||8:90|
|4x400||1st Place||All-American||Williams, Butler, Watts, Sosa||9:36.90|
|DMR||2nd Place||All-American/School Record||Sosa, McNamee, Williams, Jebet||12:03.29|
|High Jump||5th Place||All-American||Kelsey Shannon||5' 5-1/4"|
|12th Place||Hanifah Abdulqadir||5' 3-1/4"|
|Long Jump||14th Place||Latavia Coombs||17' 5-1/2"|
|16th Place||Tamara Moncrieffe||17' 4=3/4"|
|Triple Jump||1st Place||All-American/School Record||Tamara Moncrieffe||42' 2-1/4"|
|2nd Place||All-American||Latavia Coombs||41' 4-1/4"|
|4th Place||All-American||Hanifah Abdulqadir||39' 4-1/2"|
|Shot Put||8th Place||All-American||Rochelle Frazer||44' 6-1/4"|
|Pentathlon||3rd Place||All-American||Latavia Coombs||3302 pts|
|11th Place||Abbigale Butler||2785 pts|