NMJC Lady T-Birds Mark Their Place in History
3/11/2009 2:06:10 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. The New Mexico Junior College Lady T-Bird Track & Cross Country team recently proved they are more than capable of holding their own on a national stage. Earning an impressive fourth-place national win overall at the NJCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships at Texas Tech University last weekend in Lubbock, Texas, the Lady T-Birds marked their place in college history by earning 14 All-American performances, including six national championships during the two-day meet.
For her outstanding performance, NMJC freshman middle distance runner Caroline Jepleting, hailing from Rift-Valley Province, Kenya, was named the NJCAA Indoor Track Athlete of the meet. She won national championship titles in both the 1,000-Meter Run and the Mile Run with times of 2 minutes, 56.93 seconds and 5:01.37, respectively.
In addition to finishing third in the 4x400-Meter Relay with teammates Tamra Grayson, Petrona Layne, and Maliaka Scott, Jepleting also ran the last leg of the Lady T-Birds Distance Medley Relay (DMR). Together, the team set a school record time of 12:19.53 -- and won the national title in that event, for which Jepleting earned yet another All-American honor.
Also picking up All-American honors were Shantel Thompson (High Jump and Triple Jump); Petrona Layne (800 meters, DMR, and 4x400), Brittain Meyer (Pole Vault -- new school record), Tamra Grayson (DMR, 4x400) and Maliaka Scott (DMR, 4x400).
NMJC's fourth-place finish at this year's Indoor Championships ties the 2007 team as the best Lady T-Bird finish in the program's history.