Indoor Track Update 12
West Texas A&M, Indiana Tech, Point Park win conference championships
Photo: Raquel Chavez, Sha'Londa Terry & Nia Goodman
Feb. 21, 2021
Uwajeneza, unstoppable in West Texas A&M's run to Lone Star championship
Above: Florance Uwajenza
Florance Uwajeneza outlasted all distance runners with wins in the mile, 3,000, 5,000 and distance medley relay leading West Texas A&M to a team win at the Lone Star Indoor Track & Field Championships in Lubbock, Texas. She won the mile by a near 14-second margin with a personal best 4:58.79 finish, ahead of runner-up Dallas Baptist's Madison Brown (5:13.10). She also had a comfortable win in the 3,000 at 10:14.79, besting another Dallas Baptist competitor, Analynne Kiotz's time of 10:39.19. In the 5,000 Uwajeneza was in a class of her own. She won the race at 16:42.18, another personal best and conference championship record. No other runner finished in less than 18:15.16.
Above: Leah Belfield
West Texas A&M got a win in the 60 meters when Leah Belfield sprinted to a time of 7.63. She also had a runner-up finish in the 200 meters when she ran a time of 24.70. Summer Grubbs of UT-Tyler won the 200, at 24.51.
Below: Raquel Chavez
Freshman Raquel Chavez led West Texas A&M to victory in the 800-meter run (2:21.24). Miriam Zanovello also captured gold for West Texas A&M with a win in the long jump. She took flight for 5.63 meters in the win.
Indiana Tech's Terry tops sprinters at WHAC meet
Above: Sha'Londa Terry and Kennedy Moonin
Indiana Tech senior Sha'Londa Terry was faster than everybody as she won the 60- and 200-meter races at the WHAC championship meet in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Terry helped to lead her school to a conference championship. She and her speedy teammates took the top six spots in the 60-meter final. Terry won with a time of 7.63. Her teammate, freshman Soyinne Greynion was the runner-up at 7.66. Another freshman of Indiana Tech, Erica Xayarath finished third at 7.90.
In the 200, Terry and her Indiana Tech teammates took the top four spots. She won the race at 25.01, ahead of fellow senior Antonishka Deveaux (25.15) who came in second. Sophmore Derica Gibson placed third with a time of 25.84. Terry is one of the top sprinters in all of the NAIA. This season she ran the fifth fastest time in the NAIA at 7.59 in the 60 meters and the fourth fastest in the 200 meters at 24.54.
Indiana Tech got a win from senior hurdler Leondra Correia. She won the conference title in the 60-meter hurdles at 8.79. She also ranks as one of the best in the NAIA. Correia recorded a time of 8.77 earlier this month, which is third best in the NAIA.
Feb. 20, 2021
Campbell shines as Point Park wins River States crown
Above: Alyssa Campbell
The women of Point Park won the River States Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships in Logan, Ohio. Point Park's 208.16 points was the best of the the eight teams in the conference. Carlow was second with 172.33 points, followed my Midway's third place effort of 95 points.
Point Park dominated the mid-distance to distance races. Alyssa Campbell won the 600 meters at 1:44.12, ahead of West Virginia University Tech's Journee Wheeler (1:50.90) and teammate Nola McGuire (1:51.63). It was one of three wins of the day for Campbell. She took first in the 1,000 meters (3:07.50), 3,000 meters (11:18.73) and also won the 3,200-meter relay with Alyssa Frausto, Alyssa Boyd, Allison Piassio (10:37.76).
Above: Nia Goodman
Boyd took the mile in a time of 5:29.85. That was the only open race that Campbell did not finish first. Instead she was second at 5:31.69. Point Park also got its share of points from Nia Goodman in sprints and jumps competition. Goodman was runner-up in the high jump at 1.45 meters and placed third in the 60-meter hurdles at 9.62. She also scored points with a fifth place finish in the 60 meters and an eighth place result in the 200 meters.