Iowa Central wins second DI outdoor track championship


LEVELLAND, Texas – Led by six individual titles, Iowa Central’s women’s team took home its second NJCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championship in four years Thursday.

Freshman Leanne Pompeani and sophomore Janeah Stewart spurred Iowa Central’s scoring efforts both on the track and events in the field. Pompeni took home victories in both the 5,000 and 10,000-meter races with times of 17 minutes, 9.03 seconds and 37 minutes, 48.46 seconds, respectively. She also posted a third place finish in the 1,500-meter run (4:41.29).  

Stewart dominated the throwing events, posting top marks in the discus – 50.79 meters (166’ 8”) – and hammer throw – 58.95 meters (193’ 5”) – while finishing second overall in the shot put with a mark of 15.78 meters (51’ 9.25”).

Sophomores Eboni Coby and Danielle Riggins also claimed individual titles for the Tritons. Coby was crowned the champion of the 100-meter dash with time of 11.38 seconds. Riggins followed with a victory in the 100-meter hurdles, clocking in at 13.50 seconds.

Just one new record was established at this year’s championship. Jess St. John, a sophomore from Central Arizona, top mark of 16.27 meters in the shot put set a new championship met standard in the event, surpassing the previous record of 16.06 meters (52’ 8.25”) set by Kelly Close of South Plains (Texas) in 2009.

The Tritons finished the meet with 148 team points, leaving New Mexico Junior College in second place with 107 points and Central Arizona in third with 101.

Photos by Wes Underwood, South Plains College

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