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TBirds Track and Field Are National Champions

TBirds Track and Field Are National Champions photo 3/5/2017 9:05:34 a.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

[NEWS-SUN STAFF REPORTS]

The New Mexico Junior College women’s track and field team entered the final event of the National Junior College Indoor Championships leading Iowa Central by three points. The Lady Thunderbirds just needed to finish ahead of Iowa Central in the 4x400-meter relay to win it all, and they narrowly did, winning the National Championship with 121 points. Iowa Central finished second with 116 points.

“It was a stressful day today, there’s no doubt. It took its toll on them,” NMJC head coach Keith Blackwill said. “I was pretty pleased with them though, the way they pulled together and helped each other to get through it.”

The Lady Thunderbirds clinched their second National Championship in program history after winning the co-title in 2010 with Iowa Central.

NMJC’s Brittany Hew, Christine Moss, Shian Hyde and D’Jai Baker made sure it won the title outright this season as the group combined to run a 3:45.65 to take fourth in the 4x400, while Iowa Central finished in 3:47.50 for seventh.

A number of other Lady T-Birds also excelled on the grandest stage.

“Esther Gitahi had a great meet, she scored 32 points by herself,” Blackwill said. “Latavia Coombs scored 34 points by herself too. So those two girls really had breakout meet. They looked really good and did some good things.” NMJC doesn’t have much time to celebrate the championship as it begins practice next week for the outdoor season.

“I think the girls are pretty fired up, pretty pumped up,” Blackwill said. “I think they’re ready to get back on the track and get ready for the outdoor (season) now.”

EVENT RESULTS – 2017 NATIONAL INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIP
March 3-4, 2017 in Pittsburg, Kansas

60M2nd PlaceKrystal Sparling7.36All American / School Record
 4th PlaceTrishawna Crawford7.43All-American
 15th PlaceShian Hyde7.62 
     
200M14th PlaceBritney Hew24.86 
     
400M5th PlaceD’Jai Baker54.83All-American
 6th PlaceChristine Moss54.90All-American
     
1000M2nd PlaceEsther Gitahi2:57.12All-American
     
Mile1st PlaceEsther Gitahi5:06.70NATIONAL CHAMPION
 11th PlaceTeresha Jacobs  
     
3000M1st PlaceEsther Gitahi10:11.25NATIONAL CHAMPION
     
60M Hurdles2nd PlaceLatavia Coombs8:58All-American
     
4 x 400M4th PlaceBritney Hew, Christine Moss,
Sian Hyde, D’Jai Baker
3:45.65All-American
     
4 x 800M6th PlaceTeresha Jacobs, Esther Gitahi, Cassidy Reddell, Taylry Jordan9:45.81All-American
     
DMR*1st PlaceTeresha Jacobs, Britney Hew, Taylry Jordan, Esther Gitahi12:06.93NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
     
High Jump6th PlaceLatavia Coombs5’ 5”All-American
 10th PlaceHanifah Abdulqadir5’3” 
     
Long Jump3rd PlaceLatavia Coombs19’All-American
 5th PlaceTamara Moncrieffe18’10”All-American
 20th PlaceCathilee Mullings16’8” 
     
Triple Jump1st PlaceLatavia Coombs42’”NATIONAL CHAMPION
 2nd PlaceTamara Moncrieffe18’10”All-American
 3rd PlaceHanifah Abdulqadir41’”All-American
     
Shot Put9th PlaceRochelle Frazer43’7” 
 15th PlaceBristol O’Connor40’10” 
     
Weight Throw6th PlaceRochelle Frazer55’6”All-American / School Record
 22nd PlaceShira Reece42/2” 
     
Pentathlon2nd PlaceLatavia Coombs3785 ptsAll-America / School Record
 11th PlaceTaneika Elliston3116 pts 

* Distance Medley Relay

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