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W. Track – JCCC finishes 4th at nationals


W. Track – JCCC finishes 4th at nationals

2013 NJCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships logoOVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Led by the team’s throwers and jumpers, the Johnson County Community College women’s track and field team recorded its highest team finish at the NJCAA Outdoor Championships last weekend in Hutchinson, Kan., placing fourth overall. The Lady Cavaliers placed fifth previously in 1987, 1995 and last year. 

The Lady Cavaliers throwers and jumpers combined to score 48 points, won two individual national champions, four NJCAA All-America honors and seven NJCAA Coaches All-America honors. 

Additionally, head coach Mike Bloemker was selected the NJCAA Women’s Coach of the Year for a second consecutive year. 

“All the credit goes to my assistant coaches,” Bloemker said. “They’ve done a tremendous job the last two years with their respective athletes. The last couple of years once we get to outdoors we have relied on our field events to carry the weight, and they have responded with tremendous efforts.” 

Sophomores Monet Jackson and Madelyn Osmundson each won a national championship in their event. Jackson won the hammer throw with a personal-best effort of 169-4. That effort also ranks as the third-best recorded all-time in team history. She is just second JCCC athlete to win a national title in the hammer. Jackson was also won a indoor championship in the weight throw last March, making her the first female athlete to win a national title both indoors and outdoors. Jackson also placed seventh in the discus with a throw of 128-10. 

Osmundson won her title in the javelin with a throw of 140-3, and joins Staci Lowe as the only JCCC throwers to win a title in the javelin. She also won the conference and region titles earlier this year. 

Sophomores Jordan Ross and Macy Ebert scored points for JCCC in the high jump. Ross placed third clearing a personal-best 5-5.25, and earned both NJCAA and Coaches All-American. Her effort also ranks her fifth all-time at JCCC. Ebert placed sixth overall with a season-best mark of 5-3.25, and earned Coaches All-American. 

Sophomore Jessica Tingle recorded JCCC’s fifth-best effort all-time in the pole vault with a mark of 11-1.75, and finished runner-up nationally. That earned her both NJCAA and Coaches All-American. 

Rounding out JCCC’s Coaches All-America performances were freshman Jalisa Brice in the triple jump and sophomore Mikayla Vette in the hammer. Brice placed fourth with a mark of 39-1.75, and Vette finished fifth with a season-best effort of 149-10.


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