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Track – JCCC track teams open indoor season

01/24/14

Track – JCCC track teams open indoor season

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Johnson County Community College women’s and men’s track and field teams had a successful opening to its 2014 season last Friday at the annual Cavalier Indoor Invitational at the JCCC Fieldhouse. 

Johnson County athletes won events, posted 10 national qualifying marks, set one school record, set three Fieldhouse records and seven performances rank among the all-time best in team history. 

“I thought the team had a great opening meet,” said head coach Mike Bloemker. “This team looks poised to have a good postseason. KU is up next and we look to get more athletes qualified for NJCAA Nationals in New York City.” 

JCCC freshman jumper N’Dia Harris and sophomore jumper Jalisa Brice had exceptional performances for the women’s team. Harris set a school record with her winning leap of 18-8 in the long jump. She also placed second in the triple jump with a national qualify mark (NQM) of 37-10.5.  Brice set a stadium record in the triple jump with a winning mark of 38-4. Brice was a two-time All-American last year. 

Harris, along with teammates Mickalla Mitchell, Madison Williams and Brooklyn Meinke, set a Fieldhouse record in the 4x400 relay with a time of 4:07.51, breaking the old record by nearly three seconds. 

In the women’s pole vault, freshman Lia Howe won and qualified for national clearing the bar at 10-feet. 

In the women’s weight throw, an event dominated in recent years by JCCC throwers, freshman Janee’ Kassanavoid posted a NQM and placed third with a throw of 48-11. That effort also moved her into the No. 3 spot on JCCC top five performers list. 

As for the men, freshmen Roy Bay, Grant Poje and James Henderson each took home victories in their respective events, the 60-meter dash, mile run and 300-meter dahs. Bay’s winning time was 6.94, but he posted a 6.91 in the preliminary round. Both times qualified him for nationals. Poje posted a winning time of 4:36.86, while Henderson topped the filed with a time of 35.55. That time ranks as the fourth-best in team history. 

The men’s 4x400 team of Bay, Kevin Acosta, Tyshawn Pennington and Juan Ramos raced to a victory, finishing in 3:30.74. 

In the men’s 1,000-meter run, three Cavaliers qualified for nationals, led by sophomore Kamp Wiebe. He won the event and set a Fieldhouse record with a time of 2:36.84.  Sophomore James Bowlin placed fourth with a time of 2:37.53, and sophomore Sam Yoakum was seventh with a time of 2:40.09. 

In the men’s weight throw, sophomore Matt Loughner placed second and earned a spot in the national field with a personal-best mark of 52-4. 

Johnson County travels to the University of Kansas Friday, Jan. 24, for the Jayhawk Classic, and return to action at the JCCC Fieldhouse, Friday, Jan. 31 for the Cavalier Night Relays.

Johnson County performances-Women

Pole Vault Lia Howe
Amy Dennis
1st
4th
10-0 (NQM)
9-0.25
Long Jump N’Dia Harris
Rebekah Gurka
Brooklyn Meinke
1st
2nd
3rd
18-0 (SR, NQM)
16-9.75
16-7.25
Weight Throw Janee’ Kassanavoid
Tess Augustyn
Bethany Webb
3rd
4th
5th

48-11 (NQM)
47-3.5
44-8.75

Shot Put Janee’ Kassanavoid
Tess Augustyn
3rd
6th
40-4.25
38-4
Triple Jump Jalisa Brice
N’Dia Harris
Rebekah Gurka
1st
2nd
3rd
38-4 (FR, NQM)
37-10.5 (NQM)
35-4
60m Hurdles Brooklyn Meinke 6th 10.26
60m Dash Mickalla Mitchell
Dakkota Edmonds
Brya Greene
3rd
4th
5th
7.97
8.06
8.08
Mile Run Abi Hartzell
Alison Bailey
Marie Celitti
2nd
3rd
4th
5:50.85
5:55.77
6:03.02
500m Run Madison Williams 3rd 1:23.74
800m Run Sydney Simpson
Michala Damron
Makenzie Herron
3rd
4th
5th
2:37.15
2:38.46
2:47.23
200m Dash Kaylyn Williams
Jalisa Brice
4th
10th
26.91
28.00
1,000m Run Katie Nelson
Paige Miller
MacKenzie Gorthy
2nd
4th
7th
3:20.77
3:27.10
3:30.18
4x400 JCCC “A” Team
JCCC “B” Team
1st
4th
4:07.51 (FR)
4:24.14

Johnson County performances-Men
Pole Vault Nathan O’Brien 6th 12-5.5
Long Jump Matt Mayeske
Shawn Manning
6th
8th
20-5.75
19-8.25
Weight Throw Matt Loughner
Collin Bond
Garrett Austin
Bennett Uhl
2nd
5th
12th
13th
52-4 (NQM)
47-3.5
38-9.75
38-0
Shot Put Matt Loughner
Bennett Uhl
Garrett Austin
7th
13th
14th
40-10.5
33-6.25
32-2.5
Triple Jump King Wilson 4th 42-8
60m Hurdles Matt Mayeske
Travion Sharp
3rd
6th
8.49
9.00
60m Dash Roy Bay
Caleb Denman
1st
6th
6.94 (NQM)
7.11
Mile Run Grant Poje
Tyler Roberts
Luke Treiber
Layne Hardin
1st
6th
16th
22nd
4:36.86
4:45.93
5:04.14
5:12.54
500m Run Kevin Acosta
Juan Ramos
5th
9th
1:10.20
1:13.96
300m Dash James Henderson
Tyshawn Pennington
Anthony Arens
1st
4th
7th
35.55
37.11
38.15
200m Dash Caleb Denman
Greyson Honsinger
2nd
5th
23.47
33.67
1,000m Run Kamp Wiebe
James Bowlin
Sam Yoakum
Grant Poje
1st
4th
7th
11th
2:36.84 (FR, NQM)
2:37.53 (NQM)
2:40.09 (NQM)
2:50.00
4x400 JCCC “A” Team
JCCC “B” Team
1st
6th
3:30.74
3:36.98

SR=School Record, FR=Fieldhouse Record, NQM=National Qualifying Mark


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