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Tyler Cundith, sports information director, ext. 3122

Track - Third indoor event produces solid marks for several JCCC athletes


Track - Third indoor event produces solid marks for several JCCC athletes

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Johnson County Community College women’s and men’s track teams competed for the third time this season when the teams hosted the Cavalier Open at the JCCC Fieldhouse on Friday, Feb. 3. Both teams came away with several key performances and five event victories.

On the women’s side, sophomores Lara Spaulding and Justine Paton each posted a national qualifying mark in the high jump, clearing 5-feet, 2.35-inches. Spaulding was awarded the victory based on the number attempts, with Paton taking runner-up honors.

On the track,freshman Yulisa DelaTorre captured a victory with her winning time of 5:30.15 in the mile run. Sophomores Colleen Russell and Alexis Almloff took fourth and fifth in the even with times of 5:47.52 and 5:50.56.

Freshman Avery Ralston leapt to a runner-up finish in the triple jump with a mark of 35-feet, 1.25-inches, and freshman Gretchen Fiebig was a close third at 34-feet.

Sophomore thrower Amanda Whitney produced solid performances in the weight throw and shot put. She came away with a runner-up finish in the weight throw with a mark of 45-feet, 3-inches, just 3.5 inches behind Kendyl McDougald, a former JCCC All-American now at MidAmerica Nazarene University.  Whitney also recorded a third place effort in the shot put with a mark of 38-11, an event also won by McDougald.

Freshman sprinter Ciara Thuston and sophomore jumper Jana Kotzman posted third place finishes in their respective events. Thuston posted a 400-meter time of 1:01.33, while Kotzman hit 16-feet, 10.75-inches in the long jump. Fiebig was fifth overall with a mark of 16-9.25.

The Cavalier men had two individual event winners and one winning relay team. Sophomore Jacob Buchanan was a double winner on the evening. He won the long jump with a mark of 22-feet, 5-inches, and ran a leg on the winning 4x400 relay. Joining him were freshman Jacoby Greenwood, freshman Laurel Heath and sophomore Kyle Kieborz. Their winning time was 3:29.12. Heath came close to being a multiple winner as well, racing to a runner-up finish in the 800-meters with a time of 2:02.40.

Sophomore Jack Hill was the other event winner, placing first in the triple jump with a mark of 42-feet. Hill also placed fifth in the long jump at 21-feet, 5.25-inches.

Johnson County’s throwers had solid efforts at the meet. In the shot put, freshmen Cole Young and Cole Deghand finished second and third respectively. Young posted a mark of 40-feet, 11.5-inches, and Deghand was just 2.5-inches back with a mark of 40-feet, 9-inches.

In the weight throw, Deghand was the runner-up finisher with his mark of 41-feet, 0.5-inches. Sophomore Skyler Stuke was fourth at 39-feet, 4.5-inches, and Young was fifth at 38-5.

Freshmen brothers Kyle McRoberts and Brendan McRoberts turned is solid efforts in the mile run. Kyle placed second with a time of 4:38.33, with Brendan two spots back in fourth place with a time of 4:44.27.

Freshman Zach Carney came away with a third place finish in the pole vault, clearing 11-feet, 3.75-inches.Both teams will compete in their final regular season indoor tune up on Friday, Feb. 10 at the Pittsburg State Gorilla Classic at the Robert W. Plaster Center before returning to the same venue for the East Jayhawk Conference/Region VI Championships on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17-18.


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