New National Qualifying Marks: 7
Improved Qualifying Marks: 8
School Records: 1 (Distance Medley Relay)
Event Winners: 2 (Distance Medley Relay and Cynthia Kipserem- 5000M)
Notes: The #3 Ranked T-Birds competed at the Texas Tech Open. The team again saw great improvements as the posted 8 improved national qualifying marks. Making some of the biggest jumps were Freshman Octavia Cato and Kristal Liburd. Cato improved in the 60M Dash running a very fast time of 7.54 (this time currently sets her #3 in the NJCAA). Liburd did not have as big of an improvement, but she improved in two events (Long Jump and Triple Jump).
Leading the way on new national marks was the Distance Medley Relay. The relay team of Teresha Jacobs, D'Jai Baker, Erin Sermons and Esther Gitahi ran away from the field and not only qualified for nationals, but also set a new NMJC school record. Their time of 11:49.48 was just 3 seconds off of the All- Time NJCAA record and leaves the T-Birds with the second best time ever in the NJCAA and become only the 3rd school to ever have a team break 12 minutes.
Up Next: February 9th and 10th – UNM Don Kirby Elite
60M Octavia Cato 7.54 Improved National Qualifier
Trishawna Crawford 7.63 Improved National Qualifier
Raheema Westfall 7.69 National Qualifier
Britney Hew 7.83 National Qualifier
Makayla Baker 8.29
200M D'Jai Baker 24.23 National Qualifier
Raheema Westfall 24.74 Improved National Qualifier
Shian Hyde 24.89 Improved National Qualifier
Britney Hew 25.20
Trishawna Crawford 25.42 National Qualifier
400M Erin Sermons 57.35
800M Esther Gitahi 2:17.47
Teresha Jacobs 2:19.59 Improved National Qualifier
Mile Cynthia Kipserem 5:38.43
5000M Cynthia Kipserem 19:11.55 National Qualifier
DMR Jacobs, Baker, Sermons, Gitahi 11:49.48 National Qualifier/ School Record
High Jump Akor Maywin 5'3 ¾" National Qualifier
Long Jump Kristal Liburd 19'2 ¾" Improved National Qualifier
Cathilee Mullings 16'3 ¼"
Triple Jump Kristal Liburd 39'7" Improved National Qualifier
Cathilee Mullings 38'7 ½"
Akor Maywin 37'8" Improved National Qualifier
Pole Vault Priscille Guerin 10' ½"
Shot Put Bristol O'Connor 40'1 ¼"
Weight Throw Bristol O'Connor 46'4"