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Thunderbirds Finish at National Meet as Runner-Up

Thunderbirds Finish at National Meet as Runner-Up photo 5/23/2016 5:09:15 p.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

[Levelland, Texas]

It came down to the final event of the NJCAA National Championship meet as NMCJ and Central Arizona were tied for second place with 97 points a piece. Both teams qualified their 4x400m relay team for the final.

After the first leg of the relay, the result was never in question and Central Arizona never challenged, as the relay team made up of Jahneya Mitchell,Christine MossKayelle Clarke and Quadaisha Newkirk ran a blistering 3:37.37 good enough to win the event and secure the NJCAA National Runner-up.

Iowa Central won the meet with 148 points.

Prior to the 4x400m relay team blazing up the track, Kayelle Clark won the 200m with an Olympic qualifying time of 23.16.

In the 400m final, the Thunderbirds swept the top three spots as Newkirk ran 53.53 to claim the national title and set a new school record. Mitchell (54.02) and Moss (54.51) finished second and third respectively to finish as All-Americans.

Also claiming a National Title for the Thunderbirds in the Triple Jump was Latavia Coombs who battled leg cramps to get in one jump in the prelims and had a leap of 42'1/2" on her second attempt of finals to claim the title. Indoor National Champion, Tamara Moncrieffe finished third with a jump of 40'8 3/4" and Hanifah Abdul-Qadir finished in fourth with her jump of 40'2 1/4".

National Championship meet top finishers results below:

100M3rd PlaceKayelle Clarke11.62All-American
 8th PlaceKamira Franklin11.91All-American
200M1st PlaceKayelle Clarke23.16National Champion
 5th PlaceChristine Moss23.66All-American
400M1st PlaceQuadaisha Newkirk53.53National Champion/School Record
 2nd PlaceJayneya Mitchell54.02All-American
 3rd PlaceChristine Moss54.51All-American
800M4th PlaceJa'lanna Williams2:12.44All-American
 8th PlaceRose Jebet2:18.55All-American
4x400M1st PlaceMitchell, Moss, Clarke, Newkirk3:37.37National Champion/School Record
4x800M2nd PlaceSosa, Watts, Williams, Jebet9:29.53All-American
Triple Jump1st PlaceLatavia Coombs42' 1/2"National Champion
 3rd PlaceTamara Moncrieffe40' 8-3/4"All-American
 4th PlaceHanifah Abdulqadir40' 2-1/4"All-American
Long Jump4th PlaceTamara Moncrieffe19' 6-1/4"All-American
 8th PlaceLatavia Coombs18' 10"All-American
High Jump3rd PlaceHanifah Abdulqadir5' 7-3/4"All-American

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