COLLINS RUNS 2ND-FASTEST INDOOR 1,000 IN HUTCH HISTORY

2019 NJCAA Track and Field Championships

Hutchinson CC Sports Information

PITTSBURG – Day one of the NJCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships was a day of almosts on Friday at Pittsburg State's Plaster Center.

Freshman Gabby Collins and sophomore Jewell Bolden were on the cusp of either the medal stand or qualifying for finals. They just missed multiple times.

Collins finished 14th in preliminaries for the 1,000 meters on Friday night. That was a PR for the Blue Dragon cross country All-American with a time of 3:09.19, which is the second-fastest 1,000 meter time in Blue Dragon indoor history.

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Bolden just missed the medal stand in the long jump. She finished ninth with a jump of 18 feet, 4 1/4 inches. Bolden also missed qualifying for the 60-meter hurdle finals with a time of 8.89 seconds.

The only other Blue Dragon women's athlete to compete on Friday was sophomore sprinter Tatyana Hopkins. The Blue Dragon record holder in the 60 meters ran a time of 7.85 seconds in Friday's prelims and did not qualify for the finals.

Freshman Sheila Too placed 18th in the 3,000-meter finals with a time of 11:31.85.

Saturday will be a quiet day for the Blue Dragon women. School record holder Hannah Smith competes in the weight throw and the 4x800 relay will be first on the track at 12:30 p.m.