STORM LAKE – The Iowa Central Community College Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Teams defended their Region XI Indoor Championship titles this past weekend. Both teams remained undefeated, winning their 13th straight indoor title. In the six-team race, the women scored 288 points, outdistancing Iowa Western with 133 points, followed by Hawkeye, NIACC, Indian Hills and Southwestern. The men scored 324 points to power ahead of Iowa Western with 171 points, followed by NIACC, Hawkeye, Indian Hills, then Southwestern.
The women were led by Adva Cohen's 20.5 total team points. Cohen won the 1 km, finished second in the 600m and anchored the winning 4x400m relay team. Cohen's time of 2:53.23 in the 1 km was a new school record and Region XI Indoor meet record. Her performance in the 600m ranks her 7th in the NJCAA while her performance in the 1 km ranks her second nationally. She was followed by teammate Agnes Mansaray in the 1 km to move her to fourth nationally.
Winrose Chesang and India McNeill both scored 20 team points apiece. Chesang was a double winner taking both the women's 5,000 meter and 3,000 meter runs. McNeill won the 200m, finished second in the 400m and finished seventh in the 60m dash. In the field events, Michelle Tomlin led the way with a win in the 25-pound weight throw and a runner up finish to teammate Payton Roberts in the shot put. Roberts' performance in the shot put ranks her second nationally while Tomlin's toss in the weight throw has moved her to first nationally.
Other regional champions for the women included: Nelda Huggins (60M), Marjanae Coley (400M), Aaliyah Regg Wajid (800M), and Marion Bartilol (3K). The Tritons also swept all three relay events.
Leading the way for the men was Ronniel Johnson. Johnson competed in the 7-event heptathlon as well as the open high jump. The heptathlon consists of the 60 meter dash, high jump, shot put, long jump, 60 meter hurdles, pole vault and 1000 meter run. Johnson scored a total of 26 team points for the Tritons by winning the pole vault and finishing second in both the heptathlon and high jump competitions. In the throws, both Travis Peterson and Ryder Emberton scored a total of 16 points. Emberton won the shot put and was third in the weight throw; while Peterson won the weight throw and finished third in the shot put. On the track Josh Jacques scored 16 team points while Brian Bell scored 15. Jacques won the 5k, leading wire to wire and then placed third in the 3 km. Bell was the winner of the 800 meter run and ran on two winning relays, the 4 x 400 meter relay and the 4 x 800 meter relay.
New National Qualifiers for the Tritons included:
Cary Lockhart – 200m
Vincent Notz – 600m
Brian Bell – 800m
Innocent Murwanashyaka – 1 Mile
Josh Jacques – 5k
Ronniel Johnson – High Jump, Heptathlon
Adva Cohen – 600m, 1000M
Aaliyah Regg Wajid – 800m
Agnes Mansaray – 1000M
Abby Gawthorp – 5k
The Tritons will return to action in two weeks at the NJCAA Indoor Track and Field National Championships hosted by Texas Tech University on March 2nd and 3rd.