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Track – JCCC throwers off to strong start at NJCAA Nationals

05/17/13

Track – JCCC throwers off to strong start at NJCAA Nationals

0VERLAND PARK, Kan. – Two Johnson County Community College throwers made history on Thursday during Day 1 of the 2013 NJCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Hutchinson, Kan. Sophomores Monet Jackson of the women’s team, and Caniggia Raynor for the men earned NJCAA All-America honors in the hammer throw. 

Jackson won the event with a personal record with a throw of 169-4 (51.61m), and becomes the first female athlete is JCCC history to win a national championship both indoors and outdoors. She also was the indoor national champion in the weight throw earlier this year. She also joins former All-American and JCCC Hall of Famer Katie Panek as the only national hammer throw champions in school history. Her mark of 169-4, ranks third all-time at JCCC. Panek owns the top two marks. 

Raynor shattered his own school record by nearly 10-feet with a mark of 196-1, breaking his previous record of 186-7 set earlier this year at the Emporia State Relays.  However, Raynor finished runner-up in the event to Hutchinson’s Skylar Arenson, who set his school’s record with a throw of 198-8. Raynor’s second place finish in the hammer in the best by a JCCC competitor in team history. He also recorded a runner-up finish in the weight throw at indoor nationals earlier this year. 

The Lady Cavaliers also had another hammer thrower reach the medal stand yesterday. Sophomore Mikayla Vette finished fifth overall with a personal-best effort of 149-10 (45.68m), and earned NJCAA Coaches All-American. 

Jackson and Vette combined to score 14 points for Johnson County on first day of the national outdoor championships, and have the Lady Cavaliers tied for first place with Iowa Central Community College.

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