T-Bird Track and Field Teams 2nd at Washburn All-Kansas Invite
TOPEKA — A second straight weekend of competition for the Cloud County Community College women’s and men’s track and field teams would lead to seven new national qualifying scores, a new competitive record and two team runners-up at the 2022 Washburn University All- Kansas Invite inside the Washburn University Indoor Athletic Facility in Topeka on Saturday.
Grabbing six first-place finishes and a total of 36 top-eight finishes while facing 11 other Kansas State NCAA Division I, II, NAIA and NJCAA teams, the Cloud County Women would score a total of 104 points at the track meets only the winner Wichita State who had 199 points while the CCCC men would total 99 points to trail only Wichita State who finished with 141 points. No other NJCAA school would finish better than fifth in women’s or men’s, as the T-Birds would also beat host Washburn and NCAA Division II member Fort Hays State to go along with McPherson College, the University of Ottawa and Bethel College of the NAIA. .
Finishing with five of six national qualifying marks for CCCC on Saturday would be the Cloud County women led by a shot put event victory with a current NJCAA best mark of 15.49 meters (50 feet 10 inches) from rookie Tahisha Thompson who won the event by more than three feet. A pair of top fives in the 800 meters from Pamela Milano (2:20.64, third) and Abigail Fisher (2:23.60, fifth) would both lead to national qualifying times as well as a second-place finish in the 400 meters from CCCC newcomer Vimbayi Maisvorewa (56.47) and a third-place finish from Faithlyn Irving in the triple jump (national qualifying mark of 11.67 meters, 38 feet – 3.5 inches).
The Cloud County Women would also get event wins from the 4×400 meter relay team of Leonie Beu, Passion Crews, Isila Apkup and Maisvorewa in a season best time of 3:52.88 as Beu would provide the another victory of the T-Bird event by taking first in the 600-yard run (1:27.06). Freshman Miracle Thompson would finish second in the 60-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 8.79 seconds before finishing fourth in the 60-meter in 7.72 to crack the top five in her two events on the day while Vanessa Mercera would take fourth place in the long jump (5.45 meters, 17 feet – 10.75 inches). Other top-eight finishes for the CCCC women included a fourth-place finish by the second T-Bird 4×400-meter relay team of Mercera, Bailey Rock, Melody Ochana and Mondesir as Mondesir would go on to take sixth in the 800 (2:24.71) while Mercera took eighth place in the 400 meters (1:00.31). Ochana added a sixth-place finish in the mile (5:25.40) while Crews took fourth in the 600-yard run (1:30.88) to go along with a fifth-place Hollie Stewart in the shot put (12 .48 meters, 40 feet – 11.5 inches) and Apkup’s seventh place in the 400 meters (59.47).
Only one new national qualifying mark would be set by the Cloud County men on Saturday, but it would be a big one as Timothy Nyingguan would take third in the triple jump with the NJCAA’s third-best mark this season of 14.71 yards (48 feet – 3.25 in) while placing eighth in the 600-yard run (1:15.44). The T-Birds would manage to finish with seven of the top eight runners in the 600-yard dash with Emmanuel Wanga (1:10.90), Raziel Patton (1:13.33), Jonathan Dende (1:13.68), Quwayne Reid (1:13.81), Ephraim Lerkin (1:13.87) and Alphonse Igish (1:14.96) join Nyinguan in finishing first, second, third, fourth, fifth and seventh in the event.
Cloud County’s other two victories would come with Shadrick Tansi winning the 400 meters in 49.68 seconds before seeing the 4×400 meters relay team of Dende, Lerkin, Igish and Wanga finish the day with a record time of 3:16.84 . Daniel Siaffa, Tansi, Reid and Patton would also team up to run a 4×400 meter relay, finishing third in the 17-team field posting a time of 3:20.07 to represent CCCC’s second of three third-place finishes as Mohamed Ahmed would win bronze in the shot put with a personal best of 19.47 meters, 63 feet – 10.5 inches).
Other top-five finishes for the T-Birds included a fourth-place finish from Tansi in the 200 meters finishing with a time of 21.99 and a fourth-place finish from Siaffa in the 400 meters (50.76) while Patton would post a time . of 1:57.69 in the 800 meters to take fifth place. Equaling his season-opening mark of 4.40 meters in the pole vault, rookie Ben Okraska would take sixth place in the 23-man field while Davit Lukava posted a time of 7.79 in the final of the 60 meters hurdles to take seventh place in his only event of the day. The final two finishes in the top eight would come from Reid in the 800 meters (seventh, 2:00.45) and Goga Maglakelidze in the triple jump (eighth, 12.11 meters, 39 feet – 8.75 inches).
Cloud County will compete in the 2022 Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Invitational on Sunday at the Pittsburgh State University campus in Pittsburgh in what is expected to be the first of only two Sunday competition dates during the indoor season. 2022. The meet is expected to feature a number of NJCAA schools, including KJCCC member schools at the venue for the 2022 NJCAA Region VI Indoor National Championships and 2022 NJCAA National Championships.