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NIACC track at NJCAA Nationals

LEVELLAND, Texas – NIACC’s track and field teams will begin competition at the NJCAA National Outdoor Championships on Tuesday.

The Trojans qualified in 11 women’s events and nine men’s events for the three day meet at South Plains College.  The women could bring home a pair of national champions and improve on a 12th place finish from last year, while the men will try to improve on last year’s 28th place finish.

On the women’s side, Tanesha Edmond (So., St. Elizabeth, Jamaica) qualified for the most individual events with three.  She will enter heptathlon on Tuesday with the second best score in the NJCAA at 4473, which was 38 points behind Iowa Western’s Tatianna Silva. She also has the fourth best time in the 400 hurdles (58.89) and tenth best high jump (5’5”) this season.  She will finish all those events on Wednesday.

Anna Buenneke (So., Hazelton, IA) will look to win the 10,000-meter run on Tuesday, an event that she has the second best time in the NJCAA (39:06.79) in.  She will also make a run at the 5,000-meters on Thursday, where her best time of 18:01.93 is only .62 seconds behind this year’s top-time set by Ebeissa Nyandwi of Iowa Central.

Rounding out the women’s individual qualifiers, Darcy Nelson (Fr., Lake Mills, IA) will be in the heptathlon on Tuesday and the 800-meters on Wednesday, Emily Burchett (Fr., Mayview, MO) will compete in the hammer throw on Tuesday, and Ashley Ubbelohde (So., Waterloo, IA) will be in the steeplechase on Wednesday.

For the men, the Trojans have an athlete in each throwing event.  Trey Taylor (Fr., Bloomfield, CT) will start things off on Tuesday in the hammer throw.  He will also compete on Wednesday in the javelin.  Lance Maxwell (So., Racine, WI) will compete in the shot put on Wednesday and the discus on Thursday.

In track events, Trent Smith (Fr., Charles City, IA) and Cody Manchester (So., Mason City, IA) will both run the 10,000-meters on Tuesday and 5,000-meters on Thursday, and RJ Harris (So., Des Moines, IA) will run in the steeplechase on Wednesday.

Both teams also sent down more runners to race in relay events.  Both teams qualified in the 4×400 and 4×800, while the women also qualified for the 4×100. All those relays are on Wednesday.



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