Lubbock, Texas – This past weekend, the Central Christian College men's and women's indoor track and field teams traveled down to Lubbock, Texas to take part in the Texas Tech Matador Qualifier, their final tune up before the NAIA indoor nationals March 1-3.
The Tigers took their full team as this would be the final meet of the indoor season for those who didn't qualify for indoor nationals. The meet had nationally ranked teams from NCAA DI, NCAA DII, NJCAA, and NAIA, and considering the level of competition, the Tigers did quite well.
On the men's side, the Tigers competed in the long jump, triple jump, 60m Dash, 200m Dash, 400m, and the 4x400m relay. For the women, they had competitors in the 60m Hurdles, 60m Dash, 200m Dash, and the 400m.
The men started off in the long jump, with Malik Johnson and Alan Leyva competing in the event. Johnson placed 8th with his best jump of 6.29m and Leyva was 20th with a jump of 6.48m. In the triple jump Johnson had the top NAIA jump of 14.18m landing him in 4th place in the event.
Next up was the 60m Dash and the Tigers had 5 participants in the event. Qawtavis Johnson was the top finisher for the Tigers, running a 6.82, the top NAIA time of the meet, which put him in 4th place. Also running for the Tigers were Demaijah Birdsong (7.05, 23rd), Mark Noel (7.11, 26th), Frankie Hernandez (7.53, 47th), and Bythe Smith (7.53, 48th).
The Tigers sent four runners to the line in the 200m Dash, which was also led by Johnson. He ran a time of 21.7, the 2nd fastest NAIA time at the meet, and finished once again in the top 10 at #7. He was joined in the race by Derek White (22.26, 20th), Austin Cooley (23.71, 54th), and Isaac Bettinger (24.76, 63rd).
Leyva was the top finisher for the Tiger men in the 400m. He ran a 50.32 which landed him in 18th place. Also in the event were Carlos Vela (53.24, 32nd), and Tyler Andrews (52.9, 35th). The day finished up for the men with the 4x400m relay. The four man team of Noel, Vela, Leyva, and Jevon James ran a 3:28.92 which was good enough for 7th place.
You can see a full listing of the men's results at https://results.flotrack.org/?mid=1349.
For the women, their first event was the 60m hurdles. The only Tiger in the field was Amanda Murray who finished in 13th with a time of 9.05, which was also the top time by an NAIA competitor. The Tigers also had only one runner in the 60m Dash. This time it was Temar Smith, who was 42nd with a time of 8.58.
The Tigers were deepest in the 200m Dash, and the 400m, where they sent 4 runners to the starting blocks in each event. In the 200, the Tigers were paced by Bre'Anna Whigham who ran 28.31, putting her in 46th place. Others in the mix were Hannah Fredrickson (28.54, 49th), Victoria Valencia (28.84, 52nd), and Nelly O'Campo (30.43, 56th).
The same four Tigers in the 200, also ran in the 400. This time it was Fredrickson who led the Tigers with a time of 1:03.22, giving her a 22nd place finish. Whigham was next in 30th with a time of 1:06.81, and O'Campo and Valencia rounded things out with 32nd and 36th place finishes.
Check out the women's results at https://results.flotrack.org/?mid=1349.
The Tigers have a week and a half of practice before the lay it all on the line at the NAIA indoor nationals on the campus of Pittsburg State University. The Tigers have run on the Gorilla track already twice this season, so it will likely have a home track feel. The meet runs March 1-3, but the Tigers will get their title run underway on day 2 of the meet.