Meet Recap: 2023 NJCAA DI Outdoor T&F Championships

Champions were crowned at the 2023 NJCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Hobbs, New Mexico.

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Host New Mexico JC enjoyed two team titles in Hobbs, N.M. – one shared with rival South Plains (Texas).

2023 NJCAA DI Outdoor T&F Championships – Final Standings

Men’s Teams
Score
 
Women’s Teams
Score
No. 2 New Mexico JC
No. 1 South Plains (Texas)
100
 
No. 1 New Mexico JC
130.5
 
 
 
No. 3 Cloud County (Kan.) CC
101
No. 4 Barton (Kan.) CC
79.5
 
No. 2 Barton (Kan.) CC
92.5
No. 3 Iowa Western CC
55.5
 
No. 4 South Plains (Texas)
82
No. 5 Cloud County (Kan.) CC
48
 
No. 5 Iowa Western CC
64

Men’s Recap

Tie? Again?

Yes, rivals New Mexico JC and South Plains (Texas) – who shared team honors indoors – are co-champions once again, each scoring 100 points this time. For South Plains, it was a third-straight trip to the podium’s top step.

The last time the T-Birds enjoyed such top-level outdoor success was in 1979 (they revived the sport two years ago).

The closing 4×400 found SPC needing 10 points and NMJC just one. Alas for the hosts, the T-Birds were without two its top stars and failed to score. Meanwhile, the Texans got all they could handle from Indian Hills – SPC (3:03.31) just beating the Warriors as the two produced the No. 4 and No. 6 performances in NJCAA history (a program record for Indian Hills).

SPC won five events. NMJC collected two event titles and had six runner-up finishes.

There was no shortage of individual standouts – perhaps none more so than Brandon Lloyd of Barton (Kan.) CC, who broke a record from before he was born in hurling the discus 65.32m (214-4). That gave the 21-year-old sophomore the NJCAA record, breaking the 28-year-old mark of 64.22m (210-9) set by Andy Kokhanovskiy of Blinn (Texas) in 1995. Making his performance even more incredible was that Lloyd – runner-up in this meet last year – entered at No. 6 on the yearly list and No. 3 on his own team.

Butler (Kan.) CC scared one of the oldest NJCAA records on the books in winning the 4×100 relay in 38.89 over New Mexico JC (39.70). The Grizzlies’ time was just 0.03 seconds off the 38.86 set by Odessa (Texas) back in 1987. A total of six foursomes ran sub-40 in the event.

Tyrice Taylor of Indian Hills (Iowa) CC won an exciting 800 over Kimar Farquharson of South Plains, clocking 1:46.94 to move to No. 4 all-time NJCAA. Farquharson – No. 2 all-time at 1:46.88 from last year – ran a seasonal best 1:47.25 as defending champ Rivaldo Marshall – also of Indian Hills – was third in 1:48.10.

A trio of sprinters went 1-2-3 – or 3-2-1, depending on the 100 vs. the 200. NMJC’s Tapiwanashe Makarawu – known as “Carlie” – won the 100 in a PR 10.05 over Butler’s Nazzio John (10.11) and James Dadzie of Western Texas (10.13). Makarawu moved to =No. 8 all-time NJCAA, just behind the 10.04 that Dadzie ran in the prelims (=No. 6).

Dadzie – the NJCAA record holder in the 200 at 19.79 – turned the tables in the half-lapper, winning in 20.20 over John (20.35) and Makarawu (20.47). Makarawu had clocked a wind-aided 19.98 in the prelims (No. 4 all-time NJCAA under all conditions).

In the 400, DeSean Boyce of Western Texas lowered his best by nearly a second in winning in 44.85, rising to No. 5 all-time NJCAA.

Karim Belmahdi, who trains at near sea-level at Monroe-New Rochelle (N.Y.) lowered his PR by more than two seconds in the 1110m (3642 feet) of altitude in the 1500, clocking 3:47.31 for No. 11 all-time NJCAA. Runner-up was Devan Crow of Allen (Kan.) CC, who is No. 4 all-time at 3:45.63.

Women’s Recap

Host New Mexico JC won its first women’s team crown since 2019, when the T-Birds captured the third of three in a row. Here, the No. 1 NMJC’s total of 130.5 points was most closely challenged by No. 3 Cloud County (Kan.) CC (101) and No. 2 Barton (Kan.) CC (92.5).

Cloud County – who are also T-Birds – had the most event titles with five.

Among the event highlights of the meet was a close finish in a fast 400 hurdles. Calisha Taylor of NMJC won the thrilling event over JodyAnn Dixon of Hinds (Miss.) CC, 57.47 to 57.57. They moved to Nos. 4 and 5, respectively on the all-time NJCAA list.

Miracle Ailes of Iowa Western CC – reigning champ in the long jump – matched her indoor sweep of the high jump and long jump, taking the vertical version in 1.82m (5-11½) and the horizontal in 6.21m (20-4½). She’s already among royalty in both events from last year – No. 3 all-time in the long jump (6.62m/21-8¾) and No. 5 in the high jump (1.85m/6-0¾).

The short sprints were good, as usual – and close. The 200 provided the best of the battles, as Diandrenique Gaines of Hinds edged Success Umukoro of South Plains by the slimmest of margins – 0.003 seconds as both clocked 23.28. Gaines (23.275) was judged an eyelash ahead of Umukoro (23.278). In the prelims, Gaines clocked a wind-aided 23.08

In the 100, Umukoro won much more decisively, 11.37 over the 11.53 from Gaines.

Barton won the 4×100 in 44.15, the No. 4 performance in NJCAA history and the fastest since 2002 (their own 43.84, which is just off their own NJCAA record of 43.83 from back in 1991). South Plains (44.44) was second as four teams ran sub-45.

Deshana Skeete of NMJC won the 400 in 52.00 over Grace Obour of Western Texas (52.26) and Vimbayi Maisvorewa of Cloud County (Kan.) CC (52.46). The all-time NJCAA list now has them at Nos. 6, 9 and 11, respectively.

Vanessa Mercera of Cloud County won a high-powered heptathlon, scoring 5260 points to top the 5221 of Antonia Sealy of Iowa Western. They now rest at Nos. 9 and 11 all-time NJCAA.

South Plains closed the meet with a resounding win in the 4×400 – their 3:35.72 time rating as the No. 4 performance in NJCAA history.