It’s a sweep for the New Mexico Junior College Women’s track team.
After winning the 2017 National Junior College Athletic Association’s National Indoor Track Championship in March, the nation’s No.1-ranked Lady T-Birds claimed their first NJCAA National Outdoor Championship Saturday at Gowans Stadium in Hutchinson, Kan.
The Lady T-Birds beat second-place Barton Community College 97 points to 83.5. Rounding out the top five finishes are third-place, and defending national champion, Iowa Central (71), Monroe College, N.Y. (68), and Central Arizona (65).
With just a few meets to go until the NJCAA Outdoor Championships the #1 ranked T-Birds just worked on a few events and rested a few athletes to try and just fine tune the team for the outdoor championships. Despite resting a few athletes and only competing others in one event the T-Birds still continued to improve.
Latavia Coombs had another outstanding performance at the West Texas A&M Classic and Multi Meet. This time the NMJC Sophomore set the school record in the Heptathlon with a NJCAA leading score of 4698 points. Latavia has now set 6 NMJC school records.
The NMJC Track and Field Team will be hosting the Ross Black Track and Field Open on Saturday, April 15. The meet will take place at the Ross Black Field of Champions-NMJC Campus, Hobbs, NM. It will start at 8:00 AM MST.
Going into the 4 x 400 Meter Relay the NMJC Thunderbirds had a 2 point led on Iowa Central. All the T-Birds had to do was beat Iowa Central in the relay to win its second every national title and first ever out right title (The T-Birds tied Iowa Central for the title in 2010). The relay team of Britney Hew, Christine Moss, Shian Hyde, and D’Jai Baker ran a season best time of 3:45.65 to beat out Iowa Central’s time of 3:47.50 giving the T-Birds the title.