2009-10 Women's Track & Field
2009-10 Women's Track & Field Participating Schools
New Mexico JCAthletic Web Site
NMMIAthletic Web Site
South PlainsAthletic Web Site
Southwestern ChristianAthletic Web Site
Western TexasAthletic Web Site

Recent Women's Track & Field Headlines
Tue, Mar. 10, 2015 - [Track and Field]

(Story courtesy of U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association)

Two South Plains College track and field coaches have been honored by the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Mon, Mar. 9, 2015 - [Track and Field]

(Story by SPC Sports Information Department)

South Plains College dominates again in the NJCAA Indoor Track and Field Nationals held in Alburquerque, N.M., March 6 and 7.

Tue, Jan. 27, 2015 - [Women's Track & Field]

Record-breaker Janet Amponasah of Western Texas College was honored as the NJCAA Women's Athlete of the Week by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association this week.

Wed, Jan. 21, 2015 - [Track and Field]

The indoor track and field season began Jan. 16-17 as both South Plains College and Western Texas College competed at the Texas Tech Open in Lubbock.

Tue, Jul. 20, 2010 - [Track and Field]
News Photo
Kelly Closse, a five-time NJCAA champion while competing as part of the Lady Texan track and field squad, was recently named the recipient of the 2010 Betty Jo Graber award. The Graber award is given annually to the to NJCAA female student-athlete who best exhibits hard work, discipline, ethics, and excellence in competition. Closse is now the second Lady Texan to earn the award as Sally Kipyego won it in 2006.

Closse had a distinguished Lady Texan career, winning three NJCAA championships in her freshman year (2008-09) and winning two more this past season. At the 2009 NJCAA indoor championships hosted by Texas Tech University Closse set a NJCAA record in the shot put and also won the weight throw on her way to being named Field Event Athlete of the Meet. She then added the outdoor shot put championship to her list of accolades when she won with a meet record throw.

It is very possible Closse would have more than five titles had the SPC track teams competed in the 2010 NJCAA indoor championships. However, she completed her career as a Lady Texan by repeating as champion in the shot put and added the discus title as well as a third place finish in the hammer throw, scoring 26 points and helping the Lady Texans to a second consecutive NJCAA outdoor championship.

Closse, who owns SPC school records in the indoor shot put and weight throw, as well as the outdoor shot put, discus and hammer throws, will continue her education and athletic career at Texas Tech University.

About the Betty Jo Graber Award
Betty Jo Graber spent 35 years advancing opportunities for women in NJCAA athletics. Along with a successful basketball coaching career at Weatherford College, she was also the Region 5 Women's Director, the NJCAA Women's Basketball Committee Chair and a founding member of the NJCAA Women's Division. Graber is a member of the inaugural class inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Tennessee. Graber was the perfect model of hard work, discipline, ethics and excellence in community college athletics. This award is given annually to the NJCAA Student-Athlete that best exhibits these traits.

View PDF