HUTCH WOMEN WIN JAYHAWK WEST TITLE, 3RD IN REGION VI

Gabby Collins runs the third-fastest 5,000-meter time in leading the No. 7-Blue Dragon women's cross country team to a Jayhawk West championship and Region VI third-place finish on Saturday at the 2018 Region VI Championships in Winfield. (Casey Bailey/Blue Dragon Sports Information)
Gabby Collins runs the third-fastest 5,000-meter time in leading the No. 7-Blue Dragon women's cross country team to a Jayhawk West championship and Region VI third-place finish on Saturday at the 2018 Region VI Championships in Winfield. (Casey Bailey/Blue Dragon Sports Information)

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WINFIELD – The 2018 Hutchinson Community College women's cross country team did something on Saturday even the 2001 national champion Blue Dragon didn't accomplish – win a Jayhawk West championship.

The 2018 Blue Dragons won the Jayhawk West team championship on Saturday during the 2018 Region VI Cross Country championships at the old Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield. The Blue Dragons finished third for the second-straight season in the Region VI team standings.

Within the framework of the Region VI results, they Jayhawk West and Jayhawk West teams are separated to crown team champions for the conference.

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No. 7-ranked Hutchinson easily won the Jayhawk West title with 33 team points. Conference runner-up Colby had 69 points. The 2001 NJCAA champion Blue Dragons were second in the Jayhawk West in 2001.

Cowley College won the Region VI team championship. Allen was second with 75 points and Hutchinson was third with 105 points. This was Hutch's 15th top-three finish in team history.

The Blue Dragons had three All-Region runners in Gabby Collins and Sarah Patteson. Those two along with America Garcia and Lisayo Ewoi earned All-Jayhawk West honors.

Collins, a freshman, had her best day as a Blue Dragon by posting the third best 5,000-meter time in school history with a mark of 19 minutes, 6.56 seconds. That time also the second fastest Region VI time in Blue Dragon women's history. Collins finished eighth in the Region VI individual standings and third in the Jayhawk West standings.

Patteson, a sophomore, also posted her best 5K time as a Blue Dragon at 19:40.43, which was 10th in the region and fifth in the conference. Patteson tied Mary Blanchard (1985) for the seventh-fastest time by a Blue Dragon in Region VI history and tied for 20th on the all-time Hutchinson list.

Garcia earned All-Jayhawk West honors with a sixth-place time of 20:02.44. She finished 17th in the region. Ewoi battled through an injury to finish seventh in the league and 19th in the region with a time of 20:07.07.

One other Blue Dragon posted a personal best time on Saturday. Sophomore Carissa Youngs ran a Blue Dragon-best time of 21:30.92 to finish 25th in the conference and 50th in the region.

Other Blue Dragon performances on Saturday were:
+ Aileen Gomez, 20:19.57 (26th in region; 12th in conference).
+ Saw Ahmara, 20:57.85 (42nd in region; 21st in conference).
+ Macy Linenberger, 21:14.77 (46th region; 24th in conference).
+ Caitlin Schlickau, 21:59.26 (57th in region; 31st in conference).
+ Ashton Schluckau, 22:26.57 (61st in region; 34th in conference).

The Blue Dragons will have two weeks to prepare for the NJCAA National championships on November 10 in Garden City.