2017 BLUE DRAGON TRACK TEAMS EXCEL IN CLASSROOM AGAIN

Blue Dragon Track and Field

HCC Sports Information
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Hutchinson Community College men's and women's track and field teams once again had strong showings in the classroom as both Blue Dragon teams both posted the second-best grade-point averages in the nation, according to the NJCAA Track and Field Coaches Association All-Scholar Teams for 2017.

The Blue Dragon men posted an aggregate 3.799 grade-point average, finishing behind only Lansing Community College (3.878). In 2015 and 2016, the Blue Dragon men were the national scholar team of the year.

The Blue Dragon women had a 3.762 aggregate GPA to finish second in the nation behind only Cuyahoga Community College (3.866). Hutchinson's women's team has been either first or second for four-consecutive seasons.

The NJCAA Track and Field Coaches Association takes the Top 10 GPA's from each team for the spring semester to compute Team GPA for the team scholar award.

Both men's and women's team had four athletes post 4.0 grade-point averages to earn spots on the Association's All-Scholar Team.

Ethan Artzer (sophomore; Wamego, KS), Zach Fesen (freshman; Hutchinson), Brendon Hornya (freshman; El Dorado, KS) and Seth Snelling (sophomore; Marion, KS) were the men's 4.0 student athletes. Artzer is a double-4.0 GPA scholar athlete. Snelling also makes his second appearances on this scholar-athlete list.

Taylor Hecker (sophomore; Russell, KS), Maggie Lambert (freshman, Lindsborg, KS), Leah Nelson (sophomore, Wellington, KS) and Madison Pollack (sophomore, Winfield, KS) were the women's student-athletes who posted 4.0 GPAs. Nelson, Kylie James and Morgan Ash are two-time all-scholar athletes for the Blue Dragons.

To earn individual academic honors, student athletes had to post a minimum 3.40 GPA. Nineteen HutchCC student-athletes reached 3.40 or better in the 2017 season.

NJCAA TRACK AND FIELD COACHES ASSOCIATION ACADEMIC HONORS
Men's Team
1. Lansing CC - 3.878
2. Hutchinson CC - 3.799
3. Indian Hills CC - 3.597
4. Iowa Central CC - 3.582
5. Cloud County CC - 3.543
6. Coffeyville CC - 3.490
7. Vincennes University - 3.275
8. South Plains College - 3.271

Men's NJCAA Academic All-Americans (HutchCC athletes only)
Ethan Artzer (Wamego, KS; Sophomore) - 4.00
Zach Fesen (Hutchinson, KS; Freshman) - 4.00
Brendon Hornya (El Dorado, KS; Freshman) - 4.00
Seth Snelling (Marion, KS; Sophomore) - 4.00
Delimar Martina (Pompano Beach, FL; Freshman) - 3.83
Trey Teeter (Holcorn, TX; Freshman) - 3.79
Dami Okeowo (Goodard, KS; Sophomore) - 3.62
A.J. Swift (Hutchinson, KS; Freshman) - 3.62
Clayton Hamby (Hutchinson, KS; Freshman) - 3.54
Eddie Landeros (Lyons, KS; Sophomore) - 3.50


Women's  Team
1. Cuyahoga CC - 3.866
2. Hutchinson CC - 3.762
3. Coffeyville CC - 3.712
4. New Mexico Junior College - 3.667
5. South Plains College - 3.502
6. Highland CC - 3.357
7. Iowa Central CC - 3.287
8. Cloud County CC - 3.284
9. Vincennes University - 3.223

Women's NJCAA Academic All-Americans (HutchCC athletes only)
Taylor Hecker (Russell, KS; Sophomore) - 4.00
Maggie Lambert (Lindsborg, KS; Freshman) - 4.00
Leah Nelson (Wellington, KS; Sophomore) - 4.00
Madison Pollack (Winfield, KS; Sophomore) - 4.00
Hannah Heidebrecht (Minnetonka, MN; Sophomore) - 3.83
Kylie James (Manhattan, KS; Sophomore) - 3.73
Lindsay Sowersby (Mulvane, KS; Freshman) - 3.73
Morgan Ash (White City, KS; Sophomore) - 3.62
Arie Burl (Wichita, KS; Freshman) - 3.54