Tyrice Taylor, Rushana Dwyer, DeSean Boyce among winners at NJCAA Division 1 Championships

By Sports Desk May 22, 2023

Tyrice Taylor, Rushana Dwyer and DeSean Boyce were among the winners at the 2023 National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Outdoor Championships that concluded at the New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs, New Mexico on Saturday.

Representing Indian Hills Community College, Taylor, the former Enid Bennett High School student- athlete, ran 1:46.934 to defeat Kimar Farquharson of South Plains Junior College, who crossed the line in 1:47.25.

Former Calabar High School runner, Rivaldo Marshall, Taylor’s teammate at Indian Hills was third in 1:48.095.

Dwyer, a freshman at South Plains won the Women’s 800m in 2:10.63 ahead of Mesa’s Taylor Jacobs (2:11.92) and Letlhigonolo Magoro of New Mexico who was third in 2:11.99.

Meanwhile, Barbadian and Western Texas freshman Boyce won the Men’s 400m in a smart 44.85 while outpacing Iowa Western sophomore Tahj Hamm, the former Holmwood Technical High School runner, who nabbed second place in 45.42.

New Mexico’s Aymane El Haddaoui was third in 45.59.

Interestingly, South Plain’s Gregory Prince and Jeremy Bembridge were sixth and seventh in 45.85 and 45.95, respectively.

Iowa Western’s Jayden Brown finished second in the 400m hurdles in 51.13 losing out to Eysias Banks o Glendale who ran 51.05 to take gold in a close finish.

South Plains’ Caio Almeida was third in 51.24.

South Plains, with an all-Jamaica team of Evaldo Whitehorn, Bembridge, Prince and Farquharson won the 4x400m relay in 3:03.31. Indian Hills grabbed the silver medal in 3:03.96 with Meridian ‘A’ finishing third in 3:07.19.

South Plains’ Women’s team of Safhia Hinds, Success Umukoro, Leticia Quingostas and Dwyer won the 4x400m relay in impressing fashion clocking 3:35.72. New Mexico ‘A’ 3:39.11 and Cloud County ‘A’ 3:40.20, were second and third, respectively.

 

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