Meet Recap: 2022 NJCAA DI Outdoor T&F Championships

Champions were crowned at the 2022 NJCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships!

The meet was held at Gowans Stadium in Hutchinson, Kansas.

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The South Plains (Texas) men and Iowa Western CC women lived up to their No. 1 rankings in winning team titles at the national championships.

2022 NJCAA DI Outdoor T&F Championships – Final Standings

Men’s Team
Points
 
Women’s Team
Points
#1 South Plains (Texas)
104
 
#1 Iowa Western CC
117
#2 Iowa Western CC
85
 
#3 New Mexico JC
98
#4 Barton (Kan.) CC
68
 
#4 Cloud County (Kan.) CC
92
#5 Coffeyville (Kan.) CC
67.5
 
#2 Barton (Kan.) CC
90
#8 Butler (Kan.) CC
48
 
#5 South Plains (Texas)
70

Keep reading below to find out what transpired in the Sunflower State.

Men’s Recap

South Plains – co-champs last year – made sure there was no sharing team honors this year in securing at least a share of its 13th title since 2007. The Texans scored 104 points in topping its nearest pursuer, a spirited Iowa Western CC squad with 85 points.

The Texans had the meet’s most winners in the men’s competition with five. Kudakwashe Chadenga won the high jump at 2.22m (7-3¼) in tying his best mark, which has him =No. 9 all-time in NJCAA history. He was joined by Thomas Nieto in the pole vault at 5.30m (17-4½) and Caio Almeida in the 400 hurdles, whose 52.00 led a 1-4 Texan finish with NJCAA record holder Chris Robinson. The Texans also won two relays, the 4×800 on Thursday (7:39.00) and the concluding 4×400 (3:11.05).

Four other programs claimed a pair of champions. Iowa Western won the 110 hurdles with Cortney Watkins in a wind-aided 13.65 leading a 1-5 Reiver finish and discus with Shakiel Dacres with a PR 54.77m (179-8). Barton (Kan.) CC won the 400 with Elijah Mosley at 47.22, while Anthony Woods won the Thursday’s long jump with a wind-aided 7.64m (25-0¾) with Shakwon Coke completing a Cougar 1-2.

Butler (Kan.) CC won the 200 with Jerod Elcock in a wind-aided 20.45. Elcock, runner-up in the 100, was also a member of the Grizzlies’ winning 4×100 (39.70 after a nation-leading 39.54 in the heats). Colby (Kan.) CC won the most distance events with Ricardo Barbosa taking the steeplechase in 8:51.45 and Sanele Masondo claiming the 5000 in 14:31.61.

Elcock and Masondo shared highest individual point scorer honors among the men with Evans Pololet of New Mexico JC with 18 points. Pololet won the 1500 (3:56.97) and was runner-up in the 800. Masondo was also runner-up in the 10,000.

Women’s Recap

Iowa Western seemed unstoppable in winning its first-ever outdoor team crown. The Reivers claimed six event titles, the most of any program in the meet, in scoring 117 points to hold off New Mexico JC (98), Cloud County (Kan.) CC (92) and Barton (Kan.) CC (92).

Hilda Chebet contributed 30 points, winning three events – the 10,000 on Thursday followed by a 1500/5000 double on Saturday. Other winners for the Reivers were Alliyah McNeil in the high jump at 1.82m (5-11½), Miracle Ailes in the long jump at 6.62m (21-8¾), Victory George in the triple jump at 12.46mw (40-10½w) and Antonia Sealy in the heptathlon at 4872.

The discus provided history, courtesy of Princess Kara of Central Arizona. Kara registered the two farthest marks in NJCAA history, first in Round 2 at 56.51m (185-4) and again in Round 5 at 56.23m (184-5). Both were farther than the NJCAA all-time best of 55.84m (183-3) set by Ilona Rutges (also of Central Arizona) in 2002.

Central Arizona and Butler (Kan.) CC were the only programs besides Iowa Western to collect multiple titles. The Vaqueras saw Juvonna Cornette join Kara atop the podium (winning the 100 in a wind-aided 11.42), while Butler swept the 4×100 and 4×400 relays with times of 45.62 and 3:45.04, respectively.

After Chebet’s 30 points in individual events, three women accounted for 18 each. McNeil added a second-place finish in the long jump to her high jump victory. Success Umukoro of South Plains (Texas) won the 200 (a wind-aided 23.65) and was runner-up in the 100, while steeplechase winner Emma Hoins of Hawkeye (Kan.) CC (11:07.37) added a runner-up finish in the 1500.