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Honors aplenty for ENMU track and field


May 12, 2019


RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico’s track and field program is growing and has collected some honors this year to show it.

Junior sprinter Kandice Miles led a group of five Greyhounds selected the All-Lone Star Conference Outdoor Track and Field team on Thursday morning with Miles earning first-team accolades, Maijah Mathis, Mercy Rotich, and Ivar Moinat earning second-team, and Jessica Campbell getting a third-team nod.

To be named first-team, a competitor must have won an event or scored 14 or more team points at the Lone Star Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship meet, held last weekend at Greyhound Stadium. Athletes that scored between 8-13.99 team points are selected to the second team while individuals who score 6-7.99 points are named to the third team.

Miles earned All-LSC first-team honors after accumulating 18.75 points and reaching the podium three times throughout the LSC Championships. Miles won the silver medal in both the 100- and 200-meter events and also competed on the 400-meter relay team with Mathis, Danee Bustos and Lateria Slaughter that took home the bronze.

Breaking a pair of school records in the process, Miles eclipsed her own 200-meter record with a time of 23.87 while the 400-meter relay team also broke its own school record with a 45.56. Miles ran a career-best 11.60 in the 100-meter, which would have been another school record, but an illegal wind reading negated the record mark. Miles also helped guide the 1,600-meter relay team consisting of Miles, Kiana Covington and Brooke Walker to fourth place, crossing the finish line in 3:55.26.

Mathis was Eastern's second-best scorer in the meet, finishing just shy of first- team accolades with an overall score of 13.75. Mathis earned a pair of Bronze medals with a third-place finish in the 100-meter race after crossing the finish line in 11.71 on top of joining the 4x100-meter team on the podium. Miles nearly earned two more bronze medals in the 200-meter with a time of 24.16 and in the 4X400-meter relay.

After totaling 13 points in a pair of distance events, Rotich earned second-team honors with a second place time of 18:21.26 in the 5,000-meter and a fourth-place time of 4:58.20 in the 1,500-meter. It was the second time Rotich earned All-LSC honors in 2019 after earning first-team accolades during the indoor season with her win in the 3,000-meter run.

For the first time in his Greyhound career, Moinat earned All-LSC second-team honors after making the third team following last year’ outdoor meet and All-LSC third team after his three previous conference indoor meets. Moinat earned the honor after he was able to hold off Lubbock Christian’s Jaylen Tryon at the finish line by 0.17 seconds with a 1:52.07 in the 800-meter final.

The other Greyhound to make the all-conference list was freshman multi-events competitor Jessica Campbell. The Portales native scored six team points, three of which came with her sixth place finish in the heptathlon during which she broke her own ENMU record with 4,127 points. Campbell scored two points in the javelin throw with a seventh place toss of 38.65 meters and an eighth-place mark in the high jump with a leap of 1.56 meters to give her the deciding point.

The Greyhounds compete today in the West Texas A&M Last Chance meet before finding out who among them will be competing at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Kingsville, Texas from May 23-25. The women’s 400 relay team plans to compete, while Miles and Mathis hope to improve their times in the 100 and 200.


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