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Tyler Cundith, sports information director, ext. 3122

M. Track - Distance runners have solid showing at conference/region meet


M. Track - Distance runners have solid showing at conference/region meet

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Johnson County Community College men’s distance runners made a strong showing at the 2018 Kansas Jayhawk Conference and Region VI Championships in Manhattan, Kan., last weekend.

Sophomore Duncan Gakuru earned All-East Jayhawk Conference in two events. He was the individual champion in the mile run, posting a winning time of 4:29.65. Gakuru will also go down in JCCC track and field history as the last athlete to win a conference championship.  He also raced to a third place finish in the 3,000-meter run, finishing in 9:07.22, and earned third-team all-conference.

Those two performances also scored points in the Region VI standing. He was fourth in the mile, and eighth in the 3,000-meters.

Placing one spot in front of Gakuru in the 3,000-meters was sophomore Sam Hengeli. He posted a runner-up time of 9:06.93, and was awarded second-team All-East Jayhawk honors. That performance also earned him a seventh place finish in the region standings.

Also earning second-team all-conference recognition was sophomore Kyle McRoberts. The California native raced to a second place finish in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:46.49. That also put in sixth place in the region.

Brendan McRoberts, Kyle’s twin brother, and thrower Cole Young also scored conference points for the Cavaliers. McRoberts placed seventh in the 3,000-meters with a personal-best time of 9:22.02.  Young was fifth in the weight throw with a mark of 38-10.5 (11.85m).


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