Champions Crowned at 2018 NJCAA DI Outdoor T&F Championships
UTICA, N.Y. – A streak was snapped, and a dynasty may now be underway after the conclusion of the 2018 NJCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by Butler (Kan.) CC on Saturday.
The men from Barton (Kan.) CC broke the stranglehold on the men’s side by South Plains (Texas), putting a stop to the Texans 10-year streak of outright men’s titles. On the women’s side, New Mexico JC added to its trophy case from this year as it also won the indoor title back in February. The Thunderbirds have now captured two-straight outdoor titles.
Barton (Kan.) CC used a well-rounded attack to bring home the hardware, as it only won one event titles on its way to totaling 128 points. Sanjae Lawrence won the men’s shot put title with a throw of 18.55m (60-10½). However, the Cougars saw a number of second-place performances across the week that gave them just enough points to outlast South Plains (Texas), which tallied 112.5 points for a runner-up finish.
Cloud County (Kan.) CC placed third with 67 points, followed by Western Texas College (63) and Central Arizona (51).
The Thunderbirds had a much easier path to the title, as it won by a whopping 41 points over runner-up Central Arizona, which scored 98.
New Mexico JC’s Shian Hyde took home the 100-meter title with a time of 11.25, while Esther Gitahi added a 10,000-meter title with a finish of 36:19.25. The Thunderbirds’ 4×100 relay team also won a championship with a time of 44.52, as did the 4×800 team (9:06.76).
Placing third was Iowa Central CC (95 points) while Barton County (Kan.) CC and South Plains (Texas) tied for fourth with 67 points each.