Mosito wins national championship in 10,000-meter run, T-Birds place five on podium on Day One

Cloud County sophomore Thobile Mosito won the men's 10,000-meter final with a time of 31:32.68
Cloud County sophomore Thobile Mosito won the men's 10,000-meter final with a time of 31:32.68

EL DORADO, Kansas — Thobile Mosito's smile was bright enough to light up the night sky in El Dorado on Thursday. Running in the final event on Day One of the NJCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championship, the Cloud County Community College sophomore delivered the first national championship of the weekend for the T-Birds in the men's 10,000-meter run.

Mosito crossed the finish line in 31:32.68, and at roughly 8:33 p.m., to win by nearly an 11-second margin despite coming into the event as the No. 4 seed.

His performance highlighted a Thursday that saw the T-Birds podium five times on Day One.

The quartet of Longins Kouri, Omari Miller, Moses Dirane and Stephen Marindich etched themselves into the Cloud County record books on Thursday en route to a national runner-up finish in the men's 4X800-meter relay.

Cloud County posted a time of 7:35.70, besting the previous school record of 7:45.10 set in 2000 by Damian Sobers, Thesiaus Robinson, Winston Aberdeen and Kelly Chance.

Sophomore thrower Gabbreil Harris earned another runner-up finish, and another line in the school record book, in the women's hammer throw.

Harris highlighted a strong showing from the T-Birds in the event with a toss of 178-feet, 5-inches, tying the previous school record set last spring by Nayoka Clunis.

Freshman Avi Bulai joined Harris on the podium, finishing in sixth-place with a throw of 154'1 and sophomore Alexis Budke, a former sprinter converted to thrower during her time in Concordia, made it to the finals and placed eighth (146'3).

In the men's long jump, freshman Peter Ackah finished sixth with a leap of 23-10.25.

Thursday also served as the first of two competition days for the men's decathlon and women's heptathlon.

Freshman Nikki Kraaijeveld sits in fourth place through four events with a score of 2588, just 10 points back of Iowa Central's Ayanna Whittaker and South Plains' Bosibori Mosongo in second place (2598).

In the decathlon, the T-Birds have two athletes positioned in the top-10 as Robson Yinambe sits in sixth place (3313) and freshman Tanner Brown is in eighth (3218) through five events.

Yinambe and Brown will get the second day of the national meet underway on Friday as action resumes at 9 a.m. with the men's decathlon 110-meter hurdles.

Field events start at 11 a.m. with the men's shot put, and running events begin at 1 p.m. with the women's 1,500-meter prelims.