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.
The NMJC Lady T-Birds made history this past weekend at the NJCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. The team brought home the first ever title for Women's Track and Field at NMJC.
Right from the start the meet turned into an epic battle between two great teams, NMJC and Iowa Central Community College. After nineteen of the twenty events NMJC trailed Iowa Central by two points. In the final event, the 4 x 400 meter relay, NMJC finished with second place for 8 points while Iowa Central came away with third good for six points. This left the score tied at 115 points and since there is no tie breaker in Indoor Track this gave both schools a share of the National Title.
Leading the way for the Lady T-birds was Caroline Jepleting. Caroline brought home the gold in three individual events and one relay. For her great performances Caroline was named the NJCAA Female Track Runner of the Year. Also scoring ten or more points for the team were Keno Heavens, Olivia Lewis (who was 400 meter National Champion), Jordan Brown and Yolanda Suggs.
Overall the team finished with eight National Champions, twenty three All-Americans, and six school records.
For an outstanding coaching job, Head Coach Keith Blackwill was awarded the Co-National Coach of the Meet!!
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Caroline Jepleting of New Mexico Junior College has earned the NJCAA Leaders for Life Student-Athlete of the Week honor.
Jepleting is a team leader for both the cross country and track & field teams at New Mexico Junior College and is always referred to as encouraging and supportive.
Jepleting is from Kosirai, Kenya where she attended the Kapkenda Girls High School before becoming a student at NMJC.
She spends some of her free time volunteering at high school cross country meets and at a local nursing home as an assistant to the activities director.
Her long list of athletic achievements include: three-time Indoor National Champion in the Distance Medley Relay, Mile, and the 1,000 M; four-time Indoor All-American in the Distance Medley Relay, Mile, 1,000 M and 4x400 Relay; three time outdoor All-American in the 800, 1,500, and 5,000; and the 2009 Cross Country National Champion.
While her list of accomplishments athletically is outstanding, she
also has strong discipline in the classroom. The Kenya native is a
member of the NMJC Fall 2009 Presidents Honor Roll (4.0 GPA) and is on
course to earn NJCAA Academic All-American honors.
Outside of being a dominant runner and a driven individual academically, Jepleting is also very passionate about her faith as she is an active member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
When her time is up at NMJC, she plans to continue running competitively at a four year university and pursue a nursing degree. Once she has accomplished these things, her next course of action will be to go back to her home country of Kenya and use her degree to help.
BERLIN - Renny Quow , a former NJCAA 400 meter dash champion when competing for the SPC Texans, competed with the best the world had to offer today and will be leaving Germany with a bronze medal after finishing third in the 400 meter dash at the IAAF World Track and Field championships.
Quow appeared to lag behind the field 200 meters into the race, and although he appeared to start picking his competitors off, he still had a lot of ground to make up with 100 meters to go. With a strong finish, and an obviously fatigued Chris Brown of the Bahamas faltering over the final 30 meters, Quow was able to capture the bronze medal with a time of 45.02 seconds behind Lashawn Merritt and Jeremy Wariner, both of the United States and both winners of the last two Olympic games in the event, Merritt in Beijing (2008), and Wariner in Athens (2004).
South Plains College will again have representation on the track when former Texan Latoy Williams lines up to compete in the preliminary round of the men's 4x400 meter relay for his native country Bahamas. The Bahamian squad will be in lane three of the second section, scheduled for 11:55 a.m.VIEW IN PDF