COLLINS’ BIG DAY HIGHLIGHTS HUTCH’S 5TH-PLACE REGION FINISH

Hutchinson's 4x800 meter relay team (l to r, Sarah Patteson, Gabby Collins, Christina Bruce and Saw Ahmara) pose with coach Justin Riggs after qualifying for nationals on Saturday, finishing third in the Region VI Indoor Championships in Pittsburg. (Photo courtesy Blue Dragon track and field)
Hutchinson's 4x800 meter relay team (l to r, Sarah Patteson, Gabby Collins, Christina Bruce and Saw Ahmara) pose with coach Justin Riggs after qualifying for nationals on Saturday, finishing third in the Region VI Indoor Championships in Pittsburg. (Photo courtesy Blue Dragon track and field)

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PITTSBURG – Freshman Gabby Collins picked up two national qualifications and Hannah Smith broke the third school record of the Region VI Indoor Championships for the Hutchinson Community College women's track and field team Pittsburg State's Plaster Center.

Collins qualified in both individually in the 1,000 meters and as part of the Blue Dragon 4x800-meter relay team.

Smith became the third Hutch athlete to break a school record this weekend, breaking her own record in the weight throw. Also breaking records this weekend were Jewell Bolden (long jump) and Tatyana Hopkins (60 meters).

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The Blue Dragons finished fifth in the region standings with 51 points. Barton won the women's team title with 174 points, followed by Cloud County with 120 points, Cowley with 115 points and Highland with 66 points.

Picking up three new qualifiers for the NJCAA Indoor Championships, the Blue Dragons will seven qualifiers back to Pittsburg on March 1-2.

Collins' day started with the 4x800 relay. The team of Sarah Patteson, Collins, Christina Bruce and Saw Ahmara qualified for nationals in a time of 9 minutes, 58.91 seconds, which was third in the region. That time is also the third-fastest in Blue Dragon indoor history.

Already a national qualifier, Smith bettered her record that she established in January at the Jayhawk Classic in Lawrence. Smith finished as Region VI runner-up with a record throw of 52 feet, 10 3/4 inches. She beat her previous best by 10 feet, one-quarter inch.

Hutchinson had several other point scorers on Saturday:

+ How loaded was the Region VI women's 60-meter hurdles field this weekend? Take into consideration that Hutch's Jewel Bolden lowered her personal best in the event twice to 8.94 seconds in Saturday's finals. She finished fifth and two runners broke the old Region VI record. Bolden's time is the second fastest in Hutch indoor history.

+ Freshman Sheila Too finished fifth in the 3,000 meters with a time of 11:20.76. She then finished seventh in the mile with a time of 5:37.90, which is the fifth-fastest time in Hutch indoor history.

+ Patteson placed seventh in the 1,000 meters in a time of 3:15.55.

+ The Dragons had two point-scorers in the triple jump. Destini Mathis was seventh with a jump of 33-10 3/4. Claire Olson was eighth with a jump of 33.8 3/4.

+ America Garcia placed eighth in the mile run with a time of 5:57.40.