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Four National Champion TBirds Sign with NCAA Universities

Four National Champion TBirds Sign with NCAA Universities photo 4/20/2017 6:54:48 p.m. - Hobbs, NM.  


Four student-athletes from the New Mexico Junior College Thunderbirds National Indoor Champion Track and Field team have signed letters-of-intent with Division I and Division II universities.  for Fall 2017. 

“The students have been under the recruiting microscope nationally since winning the Indoor Championship in March,” said NMJC Track and Field Head Coach Keith Blackwill. “For two years, these four students have consistently improved to become champion athletes.”

The four student-athletes are:

Hanifah Abdulqadir, a four-time All American in jumping events, who has signed with the University of South Carolina Gamecocks (Southeastern Conference). Abdulqadir placed third nationally at the 2017 indoor triple jump;

Latavia Coombs, voted Indoor Track and Field National Field Athlete of the Year for 2017, will head to the University of Kentucky to join the Wildcats (Southeastern Conference). Coombs holds six school records, and placed first at the 2017 indoor triple jump, second in both 60M hurdles and pentathlon, and third place in the long jump;

Rochelle Frazer, who holds the NMJC school record in weight throw, decided to join the Lindenwood University Lions in Missouri (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association). Frazer placed sixth at the 2017 National Indoor championship;

Christine Moss, a six-time All-American, will also attend Lindenwood University.  Moss placed sixth in the 400M, and fourth in the 4x400M, at the 2017 indoor meet.

“We’re very proud of these student-athletes,” said Blackwill. “More students will be signing soon to four-year universities, but right now, the team is focusing on the National Outdoor Championship in May, in Hutchinson, Kansas.  We hope to return with another national championship title.”

For more information, contact Deron Clark, NMJC Athletic Director:dclark@nmjc.eduor 575-492-2741.

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