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W. Track – Lady Cavaliers track wins Region VI indoor crown

02/25/14

W. Track – Lady Cavaliers track wins Region VI indoor crown

Lady Cavaliers track wins Region VI indoor crown

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Two years ago, the Johnson County Community College women’s track and field program captured the first Region VI Triple Crown in its history, winning the cross country, indoor track and outdoor track titles. This year the JCCC women’s track and field team is just one title away from completing a clean sweep for a second time. 

Johnson County scored a team record 163 points, 47.5 points ahead of runner-up Coffeyville, to claim the 2014 Region VI Indoor Track and Field title. JCCC athletes scored in 18 of the 20 events, and scored multiple points in nine events. JCCC athletes also won two individual region titles and had six runner-up and six third place performances. Head coach Mike Bloemker was voted Region VI Women’s Indoor Coach of the Year by his peers. He was selected the Women’s Outdoor Track Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2013. 

“Our goal this year was to try to win all three championships, and now we have two down and one to go,” Bloemker said. “We went in thinking we were going to win. We scored the meet based on the season performances and we came out on top. We have good depth and a well-balanced team this year.” 

Johnson County got of to a quick start in their quest for the title when freshman Brooklyn Meinke topped the women’s pentathlon field with 3,096 points on the opening day of the championship.  Her point total set a new school record and JCCC Fieldhouse record. Freshman Kaylyn Williams also scored points, placing sixth over with 2,564 points. 

The Lady Cavaliers other Region champion was freshman Rebekah Gurka in the high jump, clearing 5-3.25. However, she was in danger of not even placing early in the competition. Gurka had to clear 4-9 on her third and final attempt to remain in the competition.  After that scare, Gurka sailed through the rest of the way, jumping two inches higher than the three runner-up finishers. 

Johnson County really took control of this championship in the middle distance and distance events and relays.  In the mile run, Katie Nelson, Abi Hartzell and Paige Miller finished 2-3-4, and tallied 19 points combined. 

Alison Bailey, Hartzell and MacKenzie Gorthy scored 14 points in the 3,000-meter run, placing third, fourth and sixth respectively, and Bailey, Marie Cellitti and Gorthy got 13 points in the 5,000-meters with third, fourth and seventh place finishes. 

The 4x800 relay of Michala Damron, Miller, Sydney Simpson and Madison Williams placed second with a time of 10:11.15, and distance medley relay of Damron, Brya Greene, Simpson and Mackenzie Herren came in second with a time of 13:49.13. 

Williams (600-meters), Lia Howe (pole vault), N’Dia Harris (long jump) and Janee’ Kassanavoid (weight throw) added region runner-up finishes in their events. Williams posted a personal-best time of 1:43.00 in the 600-meters. Howe tied her personal-best by clearing 10-11.75, and Kassanavoid recorded the fifth-best performance in school history in her event with a throw of 54-1.25. 

Mickala Mitchell (400-meter dash), Meinke (800-meter run) and Jalisa Brice (triple jump) came away with third place finishes in their respective events. 

The Lady Cavaliers return to competition on March 7-8 at the NJCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Armory Track and Field Center in New York, N.Y.  The Lady Cavaliers recorded a sixth place finish at last year’s national championships. 

Johnson County performances-Women

200m Dash

Mickalla Mitchell

7th

25.84 (#5 performer)

400m Dash

Mickalla Mitchell

3rd

59.57

600m Run

Madison Williams
Mackenzie Herren

2nd
14th

1:43.00
2:05.35

800m Run

Brooklyn Meinke
Sydney Simpson
Michala Damron

3rd
7th
9th

2:27.88
2:37.65
2:43.78

1,000m Run

Katie Nelson
Paige Miller

6th
7th

3:18.91
3:20.16

Mile Run

Katie Nelson
Abi Hartzell
Paige Miller

2nd
3rd
4th

NA
NA
NA

3,000m Run

Alison Bailey
Abi Hartzell
Mackenzie Gorthy

3rd
4th
6th

11:44.67
11:50.16
11:54.45

5,000m Run

Alison Bailey
Marie Cellitti
Mackenzie Gorthy

3rd
4th
7th

20:23.86
20:31.51
20:54.97

4x400

Meyers, Williams,
Greene, Meinke

4th

4:12.17

4x800

Damron, Miller,
Simpson, M. Williams

2nd

10:11.15

DMR

Damron, Greene,
Simpson, Herren

2nd

13:39.13

High Jump

Rebekah Gurka
Emily Meyers
Jalisa Brice

1st
7th
7th

5-3.25
4-11.5
4-11.5

Pole Vault

Lia Howe

2nd

10-11.75

Long Jump

N’Dia Harris
Emily Meyer
Rebekah Gurka

2nd
4th
9th

18-5.25
17-6.75
16-9.75

Triple Jump

Jalisa Brice
N’Dia Harris
Rebekah Gurka

3rd
6th
13th

38-6.25
36-5.75
34-3

Shot Put

Janee’ Kassanavoid
Tess Augustyn
Kendyl McDougald

6th
12th
13th

40-11
37-9.25
37-8

Weight Throw

Janee’ Kassanavoid

Tess Augustyn
Bethany Webb

2nd

9th
10th

54-1.25 (#5 perf.)
45-7.25
44-0.75

Pentathlon

Brooklyn Meinke
Kaylyn Williams
Emily Meyers

1st
6th
17th

3096 pts. (FR, SR)
2564 pts.
1569 pts.

  


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