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Thomas-Billott finishes in top 25 at NJCAA championships

Thomas-Billott finishes in top 25 at NJCAA championships

Jessica Thomas-Billott capped her freshman season with a sensational performance at the NJCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field National Championships. The Ranger College standout legged out a top 25 performance in her first appearance in the national meet, which was held May 16-18 at New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs.

"Jessica was very tight so didn't run as well as she could have," said RC head track coach Kathy Graham. "We're proud to have been a part of her career and are excired for her to continue at the NCAA Division II level."

Thomas-Billott powered her way to 24th in the final standings in the women's 1,500-meter run with a time of 5:18.60.

Graham noted Thomas-Billott's efforts highlighted a record-setting season for the Lady Rangers. As a team, the RC squad shattered five of the school's nine track and field records.

Thomas-Billott played a huge role in breaking four of the records. During her first year at RC, she set the school's all-time mark in the 800, 1,500 and 3,000-meter races. She also teamed with Marissa Gonzalez, Alexandra Luna and Yenifer Martinez to set the all-time mark in the 4x400-meter relay.

Martinez set the college's all-time mark in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.