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Track – JCCC teams cap season at outdoor nationals

05/20/14

Track – JCCC teams cap season at outdoor nationals

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Johnson County Community College women’s and men’s track and field teams capped its 2014 seasons competing at the NJCAA Division I Track and Field Championships in Mesa, Arizona, May 15-17. The Lady Cavaliers compiled 19 points, and had one individual earn NJCAA All-American, and seven earn Coaches All-American. The men had two athletes earn Coaches All-American honors, and the team tied for 23rd overall.

Leading the Lady Cavaliers was freshman thrower Janee’ Kassanavoid of Lawson, Mo.  She earned both NJCAA and Coaches All-American by winning the hammer throw with a personal-best mark of 175-1 (53.37m). She is the third individual from Johnson County to win a national title in the hammer, and the 15th outdoor national champion in the program’s history.

Kassanavoid posted her winning mark on her third of five throws. Her mark of 175-1 ranks second all-time in the event at Johnson County, but is the best mark ever posted by a JCCC athlete in a national championship. Her previous best mark this season was 167-1 at the Mule Relays last month. Kassanavoid also placed 12th nationally in the discus and 15th in the shot put.

Freshman Lia Howe cleared a personal-best 11.3.75 (3.45m) to place fourth overall in the pole vault and earn Coaches All-American. She is the 12th athlete in team history to earn All-American in the vault.

Sophomore Jalisa Brice earned Coaches All-American after matching her season-best effort in the high jump. Brice cleared 5-3.25 (1.61m) to place fifth overall. Brice also placed 10th in the triple jump with a mark of 37-8.5 (11.49m)

The 4x800 relay team of Paige Miller, Katie Nelson, Sydney Simpson and Madison Williamson earned the final four Coaches All-America awards by placing eighth overall.  Their time of 9:55.74 was the best posted by a 4x800 team this season.

On the men’s side, sophomore Derek Webb earned Coaches All-American in the javelin. He placed fifth overall with a mark of 190-7 (58.09m).

Freshman Dondrell Hardimann was the other Coaches All-American. Hardimann recorded a personal-best time of 54.89 in the 400-meter hurdles to qualify for the final, and followed with another best effort of 53.73 to place seventh overall. His final time ranks him fourth on JCCC’s top five performers list.

Other JCCC athletes participating at outdoor nationals were: Dakkota Edmonds, Brya Greene, Emily Meyers and Kaylyn Williams  in the 4x100 (prelims-49.08), N’Dia Harris in the 400-meter hurdles (prelims-1:04.09-No. 4 all-time at JCCC) and triple jump (14th-35-10), Meyers in the long jump (19th-16-9.75), and Nelson in the 1,500-meters (17th-5:03.76) and 5,000-meters (15th-19:29.22).

For the men: Anthony Arens, James Henderson, Greston Honsinger and TyShawn Pennington in the 4x100 (prelims-42.14), Kevin Acosta, Hardimann, Henderson and Juan Ramos in the 4x400 (prelims-3:16.54), James Bowlin, John Raines, Ramos and Kamp Wiebe in the 4x800 (11th-8:08.01), Garrett Austin in the hammer (15th-140-2), and Shawn Laurent in the decathlon (9th-5,574 points).

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