New Mexico claims women's indoor title


Lubbock, TX – For the second straight year, the NJCAA Women's Indoor Track & Field Championship is going home with New Mexico. The Thunderbirds accumulated 120 points over the two day event held on the campus of Texas Tech.

The Thunderbirds cruised past South Plains (TX), Iowa Central, Barton (KS) and Central Arizona who rounded out the top five, respectively.

New Mexico was guided by three top six finishers in individual points. Esther Gitahi led the way with 28 points, while Kristal Liburd notched 18 points, tied for fourth and Shian Hyde tied for sixth with 16 points.

  • Gitahi finished first in the mile run for the second consecutive year with a time of 4:53.08. In the 1,000-meter and 3,000-meter run, the sophomore notched times of 2:55.32 and 9:30.95, respectively, to finish second in both events.
  • In the long jump, Liburd finished with a jump of 6.21 meters for first and in the triple jump, Liburd jumped 12.46 meters to finish second.
  • With the title, the Thunderbirds' program has earned 10 titles - eight coming from track & field (five from men and three from the women's program).
  • Seselia Dala of South Plains took first in the 5000 meter run with a mark of 18:04.39. In the mile run, Dala sprinted to a third place finish with a time of 5:13.89.
  • Hyde persevered for first in the 200 meter dash with a time of 23.68 toclip Central Arizona's Josephine Anokye who finished with a time of 23.73.
  • Iowa Central shined in the team races, as they won the 4x800 meter relay and distance medley. 
  • Adva Cohen of Iowa Central, a two-time frehsman All-American in the fall cross country season, captured four first team All-American honors including a pair of individual honors in the 1,000 and 3,000-meter runs. Cohen's time of 9:30.89 in the 3,000-meter run broke the previous NJCAA record.
  • Shawkia Iddrisu repeated as the women's 400-meter dash champion.
  • Hutchinson's Adriana Janic retained her 60-meter hurdle individual title after winning as a freshman in 2017.
  • Sophomore Abigail Kwarteng of Western Texas completed her second-straight high jump championship with a mark of 1.81 meters.
  • Central Arizona boasted its second-straight champion in the shot put after Cherisse Murray put up a meet-best 15.86 meters.


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