TBirds Track and Field Are National Champions
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
|60M||2nd Place||Krystal Sparling||7.36||All American / School Record|
|4th Place||Trishawna Crawford||7.43||All-American|
|15th Place||Shian Hyde||7.62|
|200M||14th Place||Britney Hew||24.86|
|400M||5th Place||D’Jai Baker||54.83||All-American|
|6th Place||Christine Moss||54.90||All-American|
|1000M||2nd Place||Esther Gitahi||2:57.12||All-American|
|Mile||1st Place||Esther Gitahi||5:06.70||NATIONAL CHAMPION|
|11th Place||Teresha Jacobs|
|3000M||1st Place||Esther Gitahi||10:11.25||NATIONAL CHAMPION|
|60M Hurdles||2nd Place||Latavia Coombs||8:58||All-American|
|4 x 400M||4th Place||Britney Hew, Christine Moss,|
Sian Hyde, D’Jai Baker
|4 x 800M||6th Place||Teresha Jacobs, Esther Gitahi, Cassidy Reddell, Taylry Jordan||9:45.81||All-American|
|DMR*||1st Place||Teresha Jacobs, Britney Hew, Taylry Jordan, Esther Gitahi||12:06.93||NATIONAL CHAMPIONS|
|High Jump||6th Place||Latavia Coombs||5’ 5¼”||All-American|
|10th Place||Hanifah Abdulqadir||5’3¼”|
|Long Jump||3rd Place||Latavia Coombs||19’||All-American|
|5th Place||Tamara Moncrieffe||18’10¾”||All-American|
|20th Place||Cathilee Mullings||16’8½”|
|Triple Jump||1st Place||Latavia Coombs||42’¾”||NATIONAL CHAMPION|
|2nd Place||Tamara Moncrieffe||18’10¾”||All-American|
|3rd Place||Hanifah Abdulqadir||41’½”||All-American|
|Shot Put||9th Place||Rochelle Frazer||43’7¼”|
|15th Place||Bristol O’Connor||40’10½”|
|Weight Throw||6th Place||Rochelle Frazer||55’6½”||All-American / School Record|
|22nd Place||Shira Reece||42/2¾”|
|Pentathlon||2nd Place||Latavia Coombs||3785 pts||All-America / School Record|
|11th Place||Taneika Elliston||3116 pts|
* Distance Medley Relay