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Coombs Leads NMJC Women at Ross Black

Coombs Leads NMJC Women at Ross Black photo
Marcya Spivey - Jason Farmer, News-Sun

4/18/2017 7:29:07 a.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

[Story by Jason Farmer - Hobbs News Sun]

The New Mexico Junior College women’s track and field team hosted the Ross Black Open Saturday and had 10 athletes improve their national qualifier marks while picking up a new qualifier. NMJC also had one athlete set two new school records.

Latavia Coombs broke the school record in the long jump and the triple jump, winning both events. Coombs leapt 20-feet, 6.5-inches in the long jump and then jumped 44-feet, 6-inches in the triple jump.

Esther Gitahi and Teresha Jacobs finished first and second in the 1,500-meters. Gitahi ran a 4:34.91 while Jacobs finished in 4:52.13. Shian Hyde finished second in the 100-meters with a time of 11.55 while D’Jai Baker turned in a time of 23.88 in the 200-meters to also finish second.

In the 4x100, Trishawna Crawford, Christine Moss, Britney Hew, and Hyde improved their time, finishing in 44.77 while Hew, Baker, Taylyr Jordan, and Moss ran a 3:43.56 in the 4x400. The 4x100 took first while the 4x400 finished second. Cathilee Mullings jump of 40-feet, 4.5-inches was good for fourth in the triple jump while Hanifah Abdulqadir finished seventh in the long jump with a leap of 19-feet, 0.25-inches.

Bristol O’Connor was the only Lady T-Bird to not improve a qualifying mark. Instead, the freshman earned a spot at nationals with a throw of 141-feet, 11-inches in the hammer throw.

Next up for the Lady T-Birds is the UTEP Invitational on Saturday.

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