Cloud track and field tallies 18 top-5 finishes at Oklahoma Central Invitational

Cloud County sophomore Jatoria McGirt won the 400-meter dash with a national qualifying time of 57.88 seconds.
Cloud County sophomore Jatoria McGirt won the 400-meter dash with a national qualifying time of 57.88 seconds.

NORMAN, Oklahoma — The Cloud County Community College track and field teams posted five new national qualifying marks, and tallied a total of 18 top-5 finishes Saturday at the Oklahoma Central Invitational.

Of those 18 top-5 finishes, five T-Birds earned event wins in what was another impressive weekend to start the young indoor season.

Freshmen sprinter Jatoria McGirt and sophomore distance runner Moses Dirane killed two birds with one stone as McGirt won the 400-meter dash with a national qualifying time of 57.88 seconds and Dirane followed suit with a first-place finish in the men's mile with a qualifying mark of 4:27.65.

The four additional T-Birds who punched their tickets to Lubbock, Texas on Saturday included sophomores Stephen Marindich, Thobile Mosito and Gabbreil Harris, as well as freshman Nikki Kraaijeveld.

Marindich finished second in the 600-yard run, crossing the finish line in 1:13.32. Mosito, who finished third in the mile behind Dirane, highlighted his after with a runner-up finish in the 3,000-meter run with a qualifying time of 8:50.23.

Harris, already nationally qualifier in the women's weight throw, finished fourth in the event Saturday (53—05.50) and added the shot put to her list with a second-place finish, right behind freshman teammate Takrya Hilton, who won the event with a throw of 43'0.5''.

As for Kraajiveveld, the Neatherlands native posted a pair of top-5 finishes Saturday. She took third in the 60-meter hurdles (9.24) and finished second in the long jump with a national qualifying leap of 17-11.50.

Freshman jumper Johnathan Spearman and sophomore Vashon McCarthy collected the other two event wins for the T-Birds on Saturday as Spearman took the top spot in the men's high jump (6'04.75'') and McCarthy, already nationally qualified in the shot put, won with a throw of 55'6.50''.

Spearman added a fourth-place finish in the long jump (22'05.25''), as well.

Rounding out Cloud County's top finishers were: Louis Humbert (4th, 13'5.25'') and Tristen Winkel (5th, 13'5.25) in the pole vault, Thom Reynders (4th, 9:04.60) in the 3,000-meters, Murphy Bavinga (5th, 45'4.25'') in the triple jump, and Jacob Koelzer (5th, 6.97) in the 60-meter dash.

The T-Birds will be back in action this Thursday and Friday at the Jayhawk Classic in Lawrence.