SMITH BREAKS RECORD IN RETURN TO BLUE DRAGONS

The Blue Dragon women's track and field team earns to qualifiers for the NJCAA Indoor Championships on Saturday at the Jayhawk Classic in Lawrence.
The Blue Dragon women's track and field team earns to qualifiers for the NJCAA Indoor Championships on Saturday at the Jayhawk Classic in Lawrence.

Hutchinson CC Sports Information

LAWRENCE – Welcome back Hannah Smith.

After not competing in 2018, the Hutchinson Community College women's track and field sophomore announced her return with authority Saturday at the Jayhawk Classic.

Smith finished third in the weight throw with a distance of 52 feet, one-half inch. That mark wasn't only a national qualifying mark, but a Blue Dragon school record. Smith bested the 2016 mark of 51-8 set by Paige Houston.

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Smith was one of two Blue Dragons to earn automatic spots in the NJCAA Indoor Championships in March. Four other performances found their way onto the Blue Dragon all-time Top 10 indoor charts.

Sophomore Jewell Bolden had a strong day for the Blue Dragons. She ran the third-fastest qualifying time in the 60-meter hurdles. Her time of 9.17 seconds was a national qualifying mark. She then topped that performance with a time of 9.13 seconds in the finals to finish fifth, but run the third-fastest time in indoor Blue Dragon history.

Bolden also finished fifth in the long time with a leap of 17-8. That mark is the eighth-best in Blue Dragon indoor history.

Freshman Sheila Too placed third in the 3,000 meters with a time 11:23.59. She ran the third-fastest time in Blue Dragon indoor history.

Freshman Gabby Collins was sixth in the 1,000 meters in 3:18.18. That mark was the seventh-best in team history.

Collins then joined Sarah Patteson, Christina Bruce and Lisayo Ewoi to finish fourth in the Distance Medley Relay with a time of 13:29.91 and post the sixth-fastest time in Blue Dragon history.

The Blue Dragons will run at two different meets next weekend. Part of the team will run at the Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Nebraska and another group will run at the Fred Beile Classic in Crete, Nebraska.