DRAGONS HEAD INTO REGIONALS WITH SOME OF NATION’S TOP PERFORMANCES

Andrew Kibet (right) is second in the NJCAA in the 1,500 meters. Kibet and the Blue Dragons compete in the 2019 Region VI Outdoor Championships Friday and Saturday in El Dorado.
Andrew Kibet (right) is second in the NJCAA in the 1,500 meters. Kibet and the Blue Dragons compete in the 2019 Region VI Outdoor Championships Friday and Saturday in El Dorado.
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REGION VI TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

When: Friday/Saturday, May 3-4
Where: BG Products Stadium, El Dorado
Friday Start Time: Field Events – 4 p.m.; Running Events – 5 p.m.
Saturday Start time: Field Events – 10 a.m.; Running Events – Noon
Live Results: Black Squirrel Timing
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Hutchinson CC Sports Information

The Hutchinson Community College men's and women's track and field teams enter the 2019 Region VI Outdoor Championships with 13 individual performances and three more relays ranked in the NJCAA's Top 10.

The 2019 Region VI championships begin at 4 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday at BG Products Stadium in El Dorado. Live stats throughout the weekend will be provided by Black Squirrel Timing.

The Blue Dragon men are ranked eighth in the latest NJCAA national rankings. The Dragons have 18 qualifiers for the NJCAA Championships.

The Hutchinson women are 11th in the latest national rankings. The Blue Dragon women have eight different qualifiers for nationals.

Sophomore Anthony Gallardo is the nation's leader in the men's javelin. His best throw of the season is 203 feet, 8 inches at the Kansas Relays on April 17. As a freshman, Gallardo finished third at the NJCAA Outdoor Championships in El Dorado.

The Blue Dragons' top sprinter won't be available for the regional. Freshman Jared Scott had the No. 2 time in the nation in the 100 meters at 10.37 seconds. He was 17th in the 200 at 21.15 seconds. Scott was injured at the Kansas Relays.

Sophomore Hannah Smith is the highest-ranked Blue Dragon women's athlete. The Blue Dragon record holder in the hammer throw, Smith is third in the nation with a throw of 166 feet at the Wichita State K.T. Woodman Classic on April 10 at Cessna Stadium.

The Blue Dragon men's distance runners are well represented in the NJCAA Top 10.

Freshman Andrew Kibet, who was the 2018 NJCAA Division I individual national cross country champion, is second in the 1,500 meters with a time of 3:49.56, which he set at the Kansas Relays. Kibet is also seventh in the 800 meters at 1:52.22. Kibet, one of four Blue Dragons to qualify for nationals in the 5,000 meters, is ninth in the NJCAA in that event at 14:42.58 set at the K.T. Woodman Classic.

Freshman Sylvestre Kibarar has the second-fastest time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. He ran a time of 922.53 at the Kansas Relays.

Sophomore Jared Stark is 10th in the 10,000 meters with a time of 32:06.66. He ran that time at the Kansas Relays.

Here are other Blue Dragons ranked in the NJCAA Top 10 heading into Friday's regionals:

+ Sophomore Myles Hansen is eighth in the pole vault at 14 feet, 7 1/2 inches.

+ The men's 4x100 relay is seventh in a time of 40.54 seconds.

+ The men's 4x400 relay is eight in a time of 3:14.50

+ The Blue Dragon women's 4x800 relay team is ninth in a time of 9:58.01

+ Sophomore Jewel Bolden is fourth in the women's 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.03 seconds at the Kansas Relays.

+ Bolden is also seventh in the women's long jump at 19-6.

+ Freshman Casey Summer is sixth in the women's pole vault at 10 feet, 11 3/4 inches at the Tabor Invitational.

+ Freshman Katy Commins is sixth in the women's javelin at 124 feet, 5 inches at the Kansas Relays.