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Track – JCCC competes at indoor nationals

03/04/13

Track – JCCC competes at indoor nationals

Monet JacksonOVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The JCCC women's track team posted a top 10 finish at the 2013 NJCAA Indoor National Championships last weekend at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. The Lady Cavaliers finished sixth overall, marking the 17th time in the program's history they have finished among the top 10 at indoor nationals. It ranks as the highest team finish in Mike Bloemker's five years as head coach. The JCCC men came away with a 16th place finish. 

Two individuals for the women earned NJCAA All-American, and five total were Coaches All-American. The top two finishers in each event earn NJCAA All-American, and the top six individual American finishers and top three relays garner Coaches All-American. 

Sophomore Monet Jackson topped the field in the weight throw with a winning mark of 56-3.75. She is the first JCCC athlete to win a national champion in the weight throw, and first JCCC national champion since 2005. 

Sophomore Jordan Ross nearly was national champion in the high jump. She tied South Plains Ashley Johnson by clearing 5-6.25 (1.66m), but had to settle for second place based on the number of attempts taken. Both earned NJCAA and Coaches All-American. 

The other three Coaches All-America honors were secured by Macy Ebert in the high jump (5th place), Jessica Tingle in the pole vault (3rd place) and Jalisa Brice in the triple jump (6th place). Tingle cleared a personal-best of 11-3.75, and that also ranks her fifth on JCCC’s top five performers’ list. Brice’s effort of 38-3.25 earned her the fourth spot on the event’s top five performers’ list. 

On the men's side, only sophomore thrower Caniggia Raynor of Jamaica earned All-American. He placed second in the weight throw with a mark of 58-8.75.  That effort ranks as the third-best all-time at JCCC. Raynor owns all five top marks in the event. 

The JCCC men did have two relays finish among the top three American teams at nationals. The 4x400 team of Mark Sitek, Kurt Vukas, Nickson Baselle and Hans Pitia and the 4x800 team of Vukas, Baselle, Pitia and Kamp Wiebe earned Coaches All-American. Overall, the 4x400 team placed seventh overall and their time of 3:14.90 is the second fastest recorded in school history. The 4x800 finished fourth nationally, and their time of 7:52.10 ranks fifth all-time at JCCC.
For schedules, rosters, and other team information, go to www.jccc.edu/cavs.