(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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.