EL DORADO, KS – The Iowa Central Women's Track and Field team takes the overall lead into the final day of competition tomorrow. The Tritons have an 11-point lead with a total of 54 points, followed by defending champions, New Mexico Junior College at 43. Barton County (33) is in third and Central Arizona (27) sits in fourth.
Iowa Central kicked off their scoring opportunities on day two with the conclusion of the Heptathlon. Monise Barronette finished in fourth place overall with a score of 4051 points. AJ Whittaker finished just out of scoring at tenth place with 3744 points. Both athletes scored a personal best by over 400 points. Barronette's late surge was due to her sixth-place finish in the javelin competition and then a second-place finish in the final event, the 800-meter run.
In the women's shot put, Payton Roberts threw a personal best mark of 15.07m (49-5.5") to move up one spot in the rankings and finish fourth overall. Her mark also moved her up to second on the Iowa Central All-Time list. Teammate Maddie Schmoker finished in 14th with a m ark of 11.94 meters.
The largest scoring event of the day was the women's steeplechase. The Tritons had the maximum of
three entrants in the event with Adva Cohen, Aaliyah Regg Wajid and Marta Lukijaniuk. Cohen cruised to another NJCAA Title with a new NJCAA Meet Record time of 10:31.16. Regg Wajid brought home the bronze medal in a time of 11:24.60 while Lukijaniuk finished ninth in 11:45.71.
In other preliminary events, Cohen and Abeba Sullivan advanced to finals of the 1500-meter run. Cohen turned in the second-fastest preliminary time at 4:47.91 while Sullivan finished in 4:52.11. Katy Pfile finished in 18th overall in 5:01.61 but did not advance. Agnes Mansaray and Sierra Stucky competed in the 800-meter run. Mansaray finished in 2:16.80, the second-fastest qualifying time of the day. Stucky finished in 24th overall with a time of 2:29.73. Only the top nine performances advance to tomorrow's final. The 4 x 400-meter relay team of Barronette, India McNeill, Marjanae Coley and Mansaray took the eighth and final qualifying spot with a time of 3:48.54.
After day two of the men's competition, the Tritons are tied for fourth place overall with Central Arizona at 27 points. Barton County leads the competition with 46 points, followed by South Plains (43.5), then Cloud County (42).
On the track, Alex Sanford started the Tritons off with a time of 4:04.80 in the 1500-meter run. Sanford's time was the fourth fastest of the day and will advance him to the finals. Later in the afternoon, Brian Bell kept the heat on with the second-best time in the 800-meter preliminary. His time of 1:52.66 advances him to Saturday's final. The remaining Triton to advance to finals tomorrow was Phemelo Matlhabe in the 200-meter run. Matlhabe ran the fourth best time of 21.03 to move on.
The men's steeplechase was a big event for the Tritons. Neither Ezekiel Kipchirchir nor Innocent Murwanashyaka were expected to score but both set lifetime bests on the day that counted most. Kipchirchir repeated on last year's national meet performance with another fourth-place finish in 9:28.88. Murwanashyaka finished in eighth at 9:45.78.
Other Friday Competitors:
Ronniel Johnson – High Jump (12th – 1.98 meters)
Bryant Brown – 100 Meters (14th – 10.57)