EL DORADO, KS – The Iowa Central Men finished seventh overall in the team standings with 48 points while Barton County dethroned 10-time back to back champs South Plains by a score of 128 to 112.5. In the women's race, the Tritons put up a great fight down to the very last event, falling to Central Arizona by only three points. New Mexico Junior College defended their indoor title with a score of 139, to Central Arizona's 98 points, followed by Iowa Central at 95.
In the only field event for the Tritons on the final day, Kirsten Leisinger and Payton Roberts participated in the Discus Throw. Leisinger finished in 12th overall while Roberts threw a personal best toss of 45.50 meters (149-3) to improve one spot and finish in fifth overall.
In the first running event of the day for the Tritons, Adva Cohen picked up where she left off by winning another National Title in the 1500-meter run. After cruising to her first national title on Friday in the steeplechase, Cohen finished in 4:42.34, edging out her rival from NMJC by less than one second. Abeba Sullivan also contributed to the Tritons point total by placing sixth in the 1500m with a time of 4:56.78.
In the 800-meter run, Agnes Mansaray finished fourth in 2:12.83. Mansaray (57.6) later anchored the foursome of Monise Barronette (56.8), India McNeil (56.3) and Marjane Coley (56.6) to finish sixth in the 4 x 400-meter relay with a team time of 3:47.42.
The biggest scoring event of the day was the women's 5,000-meter run. Cohen won her third national title of the weekend by out-sprinting Gitahi one more time, running her last of twelve and half laps in 64 seconds to finish in 17:58.69 in a strategical race. Winrose Chesang, who finished runner-up to Gitahi in the 10,000-meter run on Thursday, finished in third overall in a time of 18:22.64. Marion Bartilol also ran and finished 11th in a time of 19:21.52. Cohen and Chesang combined for 16 team points in the 5k.
In the men's discus competition, Tyler Lienau finished in fifth overall. He threw a personal best 49.32 meters (161-10) to move up fourth all-time at Iowa Central.
The highlight of the day for the men's team was Phemelo Matlhabe in the 200-meter run. Matlhabe finished third overall with a blistering 20.38. Khance Meyers of Hinds was victorious in a new meet record time of 20.02. Matlhabe's time was a new school record. The men's 4 x 100-meter relay team of Caleb Kath, Dan Oyekunle, Matlhabe, and Cary Lockhart finished sixth in 41.08.
Brian Bell finished as national runner-up in the 800 meters with a time of 1:50.71.
Other Saturday Competitors:
Alex Sanford – 1500 Meters (10th – 4:04.98)
After three long days, the men's team set school records in the 200-meter dash and 4 x 100-meter relay while the women set one record in the 4 x 800- meter relay. Adva Cohen was crowned National Champion in three events, the steeplechase, 1500- meter run and 5,000-meter run. Her performance in the steeplechase was also an NJCAA National Meet record. The men crowned to events as national champions, Travis Petersen in the hammer throw and the men's 4 x 800-meter relay team. The USTFCCCA named Payton Roberts the Midwest Region Field Athlete of the Year, while Adva Cohen was named the Midwest Region Track Athlete of the Year. Head Coach Denny Myers was named the USTFCCCA Midwest Region Men's and Women's Coach of the Year. Throws coach, Jordan Burkholder was the Midwest Region Assistant Women's Coach of the Year and sprints coach, Justin Anderson was named the Midwest Region Assistant Men's Coach of the Year.