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Track – JCCC opens outdoor season at Arkansas Invitational

04/02/13

Track – JCCC opens outdoor season at Arkansas Invitational

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Johnson County Community College track and field teams opened its 2013 outdoor schedule Friday, March 29, at the University of Arkansas Spring Invitational in Fayetteville. The two teams combined to post 10 national qualifying marks, and eight top-six finishes. 

Three of those top-six finishes came in the men’s 800-meter run. Freshman Hans Pitia picked up a first-place performance, winning the event with a time of 1:56.30. Sophomore Nickson Baselle finished third in 1:56.51, and sophomore Kurt Vukas came in fifth at 1:57.49. 

Sophomore Mark Sitek, a recent signee at Iowa State University, raced to a third-place finish in the 200-meters with a time of 21.32, which earned him a spot at nationals. 

Sophomore All-American thrower Caniggia Raynor registered national qualifying marks in both the discus and hammer. He placed third in the discus with a mark of 153-11 (46.91m) and seventh in the hammer with a throw of 180-6 (55.02m). His effort in the hammer was a personal-best and moved him into the No. 3 spot on JCCC’s all-time performers list. 

Sophomore Hayes Grissom qualified for nationals in the javelin with a mark of 210-0 (64.01m). That effort also earned him a fourth-place finish.  Freshman Derek Webb also qualified for nationals in the javelin. He finished 12th with a throw of 177-6 (54.10m). 

The men’s 4x100 relay team of Traivion Sharp, Peter Rogers, Kevin Acosta and Shawn Laurent placed sixth with a time of 44.72. 

On the women’s side, freshman Maddi Osmundson recorded a fifth-place finish in the javelin with a throw of 140-6 (32.83m). That effort also earned a spot at outdoor nationals. 

Freshman jumper Jalisa Brice qualified for national in the triple jump with an effort of 38-3.25 (11.66m). That also earned a sixth-place finish and the No. 4 spot on JCCC’s all-time top five performers list in the event. 

JCCC also got national qualifying marks from sophomore Jessica Tingle in the pole vault (11.1.75-10th), sophomore Monet Jackson in the hammer (150-5-21st) and sophomore Mikayla Vette in the hammer (141-2-23rd). 

JCCC’s next meet is the Emporia State Invitational, Saturday, April 6.

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For schedules, rosters, and other team information, go to www.jccc.edu/cavs.