LEVELLAND, Texas – NIACC sophomore Tanesha Edmond won the heptathlon and the high jump at the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships at South Plains College.
Edmond, a native of St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, overtook Iowa Central’s Shawanna Steplight in the final leg of the heptathlon by winning the 800-meter run on Wednesday and cleared the 1.75-meter mark (5’8¾”) to win the high jump on Thursday.
She is NIACC’s first track champion since Anna Buenneke won the Indoor 3000- and 5000-meter runs at the 2011 Indoor National Championships, and the first outdoor champion since Marin Thorson won the discus in 2008.
Edmond placed in the top-10 in all seven legs of the heptathlon, and won the 800-meter run and high jump portions, and had a final score of 4755. Edmond’s score was 157 points better than second place finisher Javona Ford of Iowa Central, and 214 better than Steplight in third.
After winning the high jump, placing second in the 100-meter hurdles, and posting third-places in the shot put and 200-meter dash on Tuesday, Edmond entered Wednesday’s portion of the heptathlon with a 68-point lead over Steplight.
Steplight took the lead after Edmond placed eighth in the long jump to start Wednesday’s events. Edmond followed up with a 10th in the javelin. Trailing Steplight by 40 points, Edmond’s time of 2:22.97 in the 800 meant she needed to beat Steplight by 3.05 seconds to become the national champion. Steplight finished the 800 in 2:43.93.
In Thursday’s high jump, Edmond tied with Ashley Reid of Johnson County Community College (KS) at 1.75-meters, but received the title after missing fewer jumps over the course of the event.
Edmond also placed ninth in the 400-meter hurdles on Wednesday. She will continue her tack career at Minnesota State, Mankato next fall.
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