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Roland sets 200M school record; SPC records 32 season bests in Abilene
 April 14, 2014

ABILENE, Texas – The South Plains College Texan and Lady Texan track and field teams continue to improve as they saw a school record and 32 season best performances Saturday at Abilene Christian University’s Elmer Gray Stadium.

SPC athletes also claimed 10 first place finishes.

Texan sophomore Lestrod Roland was the star of many bright performances as he broke Shavez Hart’s 2012 school record with a blistering time of 20.19 seconds, easily outdistancing former teammate Trevor Mackey who finished second in 20.47 seconds.

Roland also ran third leg on the Texan 4x100-meter relay that scorched the field by nearly a second, turning in their second best time of the season in 39.29 seconds.  Roland teamed up with Ahmed Ali, KB Handsborough, and Odean Skeen to easily outdistance the runner-up team, Texas Tech.

South Plains athletes, in fact, claimed top honors in every event from 100-800 meters.

Handsborough turned in a career best time of 10.26 seconds to narrowly defeat his former teammate Mackey in the 100-meter dash.  Now competing for nearby Texas Tech, Mackey finished in 10.29 seconds.

In the 400-meter dash, Jareem Richards led Steven Gayle to a 1-2 sweep with both recording season best times of 46.15 and 46.28 seconds.

Isaac Clark nipped his twin brother, Jacob, at the line to claim the top spot in the 800-meter dash in a season best time of 1:50.36 seconds, while his brother clocked a time of 1:50.48.  The times are the second and third fastest in the NJCAA.

In the women’s 400-meter dash, Chrisann Gordon raced to her quickest time of the outdoor season as she completed the one-lap race in a 2014 NJCAA best time of 52.66 seconds. 

Shaquan Burris leapt to her best high jump of the clearance since breaking the school record March 22 in El Paso, clearing the bar at 5-05.25.  Burris school record of 5-08.00 is currently second best on the NJCAA list this season.

The Texan and Lady Texan track teams will look to continue improving upon their marks when they travel to San Antonio for a meet hosted by the University of Texas at San Antonio Saturday, April 19.

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