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Blue Dragon Holly Kelley is named second-team NJCAA All-American after a 26-5 season in which she broke numerous program season and career records. (Maddi Cumpston/HCC Sports Information)				    								        The 2016 Blue Dragon men's golf team placed eighth this week at the NJCAA Division I Championships in Melbourne, Fla. Caleb Height tied for ninth and earned NJCAA All-America honors. (Photo courtesy Josh Gooch/HCC Athletic Director)				    Morgan Ash (left) and Jacklyn Melillo (right) are on the medal stand after finishing second and third, respectively, in the women's javelin at the 2016 NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday in Levelland, Texas. (Photo courtesy Blue Dragon Track and Field)				    Sophomore Caleb Haight shot a 4-under 68 on Thursday to lead the Blue Dragons to a third-straight 1-over 189 on Thursday in the third round of the NJCAA Men's Golf Championship in Melbourne, Fla. (Steve Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)
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HOLLY KELLEY NAMED NJCAA 2ND-TEAM NJCAA SOFTBALL ALL-AMERICAN

Softball | 05.31.16

Hutchinson Community College softball sophomore Holly Kelley continued to haul in postseason honors after a magical 2016 season on Tuesday when the Blue Dragon pitcher was named second-team NJCAA Division II All-American.

Kelley, a sophomore from Cypress, Texas, becomes Blue Dragon head coach Jaime Rose’s second NJCAA All-American and third overall All-American in her tenure. In 2008, Jessica Glenn earned NJCAA Division II second-team honors. In 2014, catcher Sarah Rothe was named NFCA first-team All-American and Division II Catcher of the Year.

Kelley is only the second Blue Dragon pitcher to win 20 or more games in back-to-back seasons, joining Tammy Parrish in 1987 and 1999. As a freshman, Kelley posted 20 wins. This season, she was a major reason why Hutchinson had some of its best seasons ever at 38-8 and earned a national ranking for the first time since 1987.

The hard-throwing right-hander finished her sophomore season at 26-5 with a 1.97 earned-run average with 23 complete games, six shutouts and five saves. Her 262 strikeouts lead the Jayhawk Conference and are third in the nation. She also ranks first in the KJCCC in wins, second in saves and third in ERA.

In the NJCAA, Kelley ranks fourth in wins, second in complete games and 21st in ERA.

Kelley threw two no-hitters this season, including a perfect game against Hesston College. She has had eight games with 10 or more strikeouts, including a career-high 14 against Kansas City.

Kelley owns seven single-season and nine career pitching records at HCC.

Offensively, Kelley had a .438 batting average with a team-high 70 total hits, 17 doubles, 13 home runs, 51 runs scored and 57 RBIs. Her on-base percentage was .495 and slugging percentage was .800.

Kelley ranks fifth in the Jayhawk in batting average, fourth in hits, sixth in doubles and RBIs and seventh in runs scored and home runs.

She has had 23 multi-hit games, including two four-hit games.

Kelley ranks in the Top 5 of nine different HCC single-season offensive categories and has already set the record for total bases with 127.

Kelley is one of four players from the Jayhawk East to earn All-America honors. Labette pitcher Alex Brake was the league’s only first-team player. Joining Kelley on the second team is Cowley shortstop Alex Holzman. Allen infielder Ashley Womack was on the third team.

(HCC Sports Information)

2016 NJCAA DIVISION II SOFTBALL ALL-AMERICA TEAM
FIRST TEAM
POS.     PLAYER                        COLLEGE                                 CLASS

B            Alex Brake                    Labette (KS)                               So.
B            Kennedy Garcia          Phoenix (AZ)                               So.
B            Maddie Hansen          Kirkwood (IA)                               Fr.
B            Kenzie Ihle                   Des Moines Area (IA)                So.
IF            Gabi Carter                 Kirkwood (IA)                               Fr.
IF            Brittany Hay                Kankakee (IL)                              So.
IF            Danae King                Phoenix (AZ)                                So.
IF            Rebecca Skains        LSU Eunice (LA)                         Fr.
OF          Courtney Brown        Pima (AZ)                                      Fr.
OF          Taylor Nearad            Kirkwood (IA)                                Fr.
OF           Kalyn Watts               Jones County (MS)                     So.
DP           Darby Bishop           LSU Eunice (LA)                          Fr.
UT           Kate Peterburs        Elgin (IL)                                         Fr.
 
SECOND TEAM
POS.      PLAYER                      COLLEGE                                   CLASS

B             Jessica Crum           Copiah-Lincoln (MS)                   So.
B             Rachel Hayes           Jones County (MS)                      So.
B             Holly Kelley               Hutchinson (KS)                          So.
B             Kaitlin Lee                 Mississippi Gulf Coast               So.
IF            Claire Dudek             Des Moines Area (IA)                  Fr.
IF            Mahalia Gibson        East Central (MS)                         So.
IF            Alex Holzman            Cowley County (KS)                     So.
IF            Kyleigh Payne           Kankakee (IL)                               So.
OF          Shelby Friend            East Central (MO)                        So.    
OF          Lexie Mathis              Mississippi Gulf Coast                Fr.
OF          Brittney Roby             Des Moines Area (IA)                   So.
DP          Kassidy Butler         Kelogg (MI)                                      Fr.
UT          Liz Hillen                   Sinclair (OH)                                   So.
 
THIRD TEAM
POS.     PLAYER                      COLLEGE                                     CLASS

B            Kiersten Coho           Mercyhurst North East (PA)         So.
B            Allie Grys                    Lansing (MI)                                   So.
B            Alison Haesele         Illinois Central                               So.
B            Nicky Simpson          Kirkwood (IA)                                 So.
IF            Brittany Hopper         Phoenix (AZ)                                  So.
IF            Cassie Kuizin            Heartland (IL)                                So.
IF            Kayla Ward                 Mott (MI)                                          So.
IF            Ashley Womack         Allen                                               So.
OF          Madison Adams        Lansing (MI)                                  So.
OF          Rachael Dillon           Dawson (MT)                                So.
OF          Taylor Tjaden              Illinois Valley                                 So.    
DP          Kenzie Sutton             Des Moines Area (IA)                   Fr.
UT          Serena Tucciarelli     Cuyahoga (OH)                             So.
 


DOGA, HELMAN LEAD 7 DRAGONS ON ALL-KJCCC BASEBALL TEAMS

Baseball | 05.23.16

A total of seven Hutchinson Community College baseball players earned postseason honors in a 2016 season that saw the Blue Dragons win 39 games and finish second in the Jayhawk Conference.

Of the seven, freshmen Caden Doga, Michael Helman and Shane Cooper also earned all-Region VI first-team honors. Helman and Mack Gowing earned Region VI Gold Gloves.

Doga garnered one of the Jayhawk West’s four major conference individual awards by being named the Freshman of the Year. Doga is the first Blue Dragon to win Freshman of the Year honors since Tanner Lubach in 2012.

CADEN DOGA
Jayhawk West Freshman of the Year
1st Team All-Jayhawk Conference
1st Team All-Region VI

Doga, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound freshman left fielder from Rustin, La., had the best season in terms of power in Blue Dragons history. Not only did Doga break HCC’s single-season home run record (19) in 39 games, but he smashed the career mark of 27 in 56 fewer games than Tim Olson (1998-99) set it in.

Doga led the NJCAA with 31 total home runs this season posting seven two-home runs games. He tied Seward County Corey Patton’s Jayhawk Conference home run record.

HCC’s freshman outfielder also set single-season Blue Dragon records for RBIs (87), total bases (180) and extra base hits (43). His .861 slugging percentage was third in the nation and fourth in single-season program history. His 180 total bases were sixth most in the nation.

Doga hit .340 for the season with 71 total hits and 67 runs scored (third most in program history). He also had eight doubles and a team-high-tying four triples. He walked 32 times and had an on-base percentage of .444. Doga also was 12 for 15 in stolen bases.

Doga posted 20 multi-hit games with a season high of four hits on Feb. 26 at Rose State. He had 26 multi-RBI games, which included a season high of six against Garden City on April 24 at Hobart-Detter Field.

Defensively, Doga led the Blue Dragons with five outfield assists.

MICHAEL HELMAN
1st Team All-Jayhawk Conference
1st Team All-Region VI
Region VI Gold Glove Selection

The 6-1, 185-pound freshman was steady, yet dynamic, and incredibly versatile for the Blue Dragons in 2016 as he started at five different positions, including on the mound.

Helman tied an HCC single-game record with three home runs against Independence on May 7. He put together HCC’s third-longest hitting streak in program history at 18 games. He also threw out of the bullpen as a closer and started for the Blue Dragon pitching staff.

Helman became the 21st Blue Dragon in program history to post a season batting average of .400 or higher with a team-high .416 batting average. His 89 total hits are second most in program season history. Helman had 20 doubles, two triples, nine home runs, 58 RBIs and 64 runs scored. He tied for fourth in season history in total bases (140) and tied for fourth in doubles. He tied for the eighth-most runs scored. Helman also led the 2016 Blue Dragons in stolen bases going 24 for 25.

Helman had a team-high 30 multi-hit games, including three four-hit games. He had 14 multi-RBI games as well.

As a pitcher, Helman made eight total appearances with five starts. He was 0-1 with one save and a 2.45 ERA. In 22 innings pitched, Helman had 22 strikeouts to only three walks and opponents hit .269 against him. He worked a season-long five innings twice against Garden City and Longview. Helman’s save came against Cloud County on March 26.

Defensively, Helman posted a .979 fielding percentage with only four errors in 291 chances.

SHANE COOPER
1st Team All-Jayhawk Conference
1st Team All-Region VI

Cooper, a 5-11, 170-pound transfer shortstop from O’Fallon, Mo., became the 22nd Blue Dragon in program history to register a .400 batting average, finishing right at .400 for the season in a team season record 240 at-bats.

Cooper set a Blue Dragon season record with 96 total hits with 23 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs, 49 RBIs and 69 runs scored. Hid doubles, 156 total bases and runs scored all ranked No. 2 in their respective HCC season categories.

Cooper was eighth in the NJCAA in total hits and 17th in doubles.

Cooper had a season-high four hits six times this season and had 27 multi-hit games and 11 multi-RBI games overall. Cooper was one of seven Blue Dragons to string together a hitting streak of 10 or more games.

Cooper’s 161 defensive assists shattered Jake Schleppenbach’s 2014 team season record for assists.

MACK GOWING
Honorable Mention All-Jayhawk Conference
Region VI Gold Glove Selection

Gowing, a 5-9, 190-pound outfielder from Wichita, earned all-conference honorable mention honors for the second-straight season and was tapped as a Region VI Gold Glove winner for the first time.

Gowing had an exceptional season as HCC’s leadoff hitter with .375 batting average and .470 on-base percentage. Gowing racked up 84 total hits (fifth most in team season history) with 15 doubles, two triples a career-best six home runs, 66 runs, 44 RBIs and 17 of 20 stolen bases.

Gowing hit for the cycle on March 22 at Seminole State. He posted an 11-game hitting streak with 25 multi-hit games, including a career-best five hits against Garden City on April 23 at Hobart-Detter Field.

Defensively, Gowing posted a .991 fielding percentage with only one error in 110 chances. He had one outfield assists.

Gowing completes his Blue Dragon career with the third-most hits in a career (145), 11th-most stolen bases (42) and record for career at-bats (410) in 110 games played.

COLE DONALDSON
2nd Team All-Jayhawk Conference

A 6-1, 175-pound redshirt freshman, Donaldson quickly asserted himself as one of the top catchers in the Jayhawk Conference in 2016 as both a great receiver with a terrific arm.

This season, Donaldson threw out 14 of 30 basestealers (43.8 percent) and he picked off another four on the bases. Donaldson was exceptional at blocking pitches saving HCC pitchers numerous wild pitches. Donaldson posted a .990 fielding percentage with only four errors in 391 chances. He ranked fifth in the Jayhawk Conference with his 14 runners caught stealing. His fielding percentage was 10th in the conference.

Offensively, Donaldson posted a .349 batting average with 58 total hits, 13 doubles, a team-high-tying four triples and six home runs. Donaldson drove in 44 runs and scored 46 while stealing 14 of 17 bases.

Against Independence on March 7, Donaldson became the second Blue Dragon this season to hit for the cycle. He had 15 multi-hit games, including a pair of four-hit games. Donaldson also had a hit streak of 10 games this season.

NOLAN HOFFMAN
2nd Team All-Jayhawk Conference

Freshman Nolan Hoffman, a 6-2, 200-pound right-handed pitcher from Lincoln, Neb., quickly asserted himself as the Blue Dragons’ top weekend starter.

For the season, Hoffman posted an 8-3 record with a 3.06 earned-run average. He worked a season-high 82 1-3 innings and had a team-high 87 strikeouts to only 24 walks. He also had five complete games and one shutout.

Through his first eight starts, Hoffman was 5-1 with a 1.68 ERA.

Hoffman’s second career start was six innings of one-hit baseball against Northeast Texas on Feb. 27. He then threw a seven-inning, three-hit shutout with five strikeouts in a 10-0 win over Rose State on Feb. 27. Hoffman tossed three-straight complete games against Cloud County, Butler and Barton in a three-week stretch, earning the decision in all three games.

Hoffman struck out a season-high 10 against Kansas City on May 13 at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. He had 13-straight starts with five or more strikeouts.

BRADY HOOVER
Honorable Mention All-Jayhawk Conference

Still battling back from an injury that forced him to miss all the 2015 season, Hoover, a 6-1, 210-pound first baseman from Wichita, had a tremendous comeback season.

Hoover hit .337 with 58 total hits this season. He had 11 doubles, one triple, four home runs, 34 RBIs and 25 runs scored.  Hoover had six three-hit games and had a career-high five RBIs against Barton on April 27. Two of Hoover’s home runs were grand slams.

Defensively, Hoover was strong playing primarily at first base. He posted a .986 fielding percentage with only five errors in 348 fielding chances.

(HCC Sports Information)


2016 ALL-JAYHAWK CONFERENCE BASEBALL TEAMS
Coach of the Year
- Ryan Carter, Colby
Most Valuable Player - Marvin Malone, Colby
Freshman of the Year - Caden Doga, Hutchinson
Pitcher of the Year - Jacob Hernandez, Seward County
                    
First Team
Position                           Player                                              Ht.     Wt.     Yr.        College

Catcher:                           Mason Brown                              5'11     165     So.      Garden City
First Base:                       Kyle Lopez                                    6'1     205     So.        Garden City
Second Base:                 Michael Helman                         6'1     185     Fr.         Hutchinson
Shortstop:                       Shane Cooper                           5'11     170     R-So.    Hutchinson

Third Base:                      Reece Garvie                              6'0     180     Fr.           Pratt
Designated Hitter:          Antonio Dorado                          6'0     190     R-So.     Seward County
Outfield:                            Marvin Malone                            6'3     200     So.          Colby
Outfield:                           Caden Doga                              5'10     180     Fr.          Hutchinson
Outfield:                           Julio Ibarra                                   6'1     190     So.         Pratt
Pitcher:                            Jakob Hernandez                        6'4     230     So.        Seward County
Pitcher:                            Jeremy Gwinn                              6'5     190     So.         Colby
Pitcher:                            Noah Draper                                6'0     185     So.         Garden City
Relief Pitcher:                Steven Pagendarm                     5'8     160     So.         Garden City
Utility:                               Ryan McClure                            5'11     185     So.          Barton
                    
Second Team
Catcher:                          Cole Donaldson                        6'1     175     R-Fr.       Hutchinson
First Base:                      Logan Nethercot                        6'2     210     So.        Seward County
Second Base:                Michael Sinks                             5'9     200     Fr.         Barton
Shortstop:                       Judah Sweat                              5'11     175     R-Fr.    Seward County
Third Base:                    Bryant Klusener                          6'0     190     So.        Butler
Designated Hitter:        Jason Nichols                             6'0     200     So.        Dodge City
Outfield:                          Sean Kennedy                             6'0     180     So.        Garden City
Outfield:                          Justin Graff-Rowe                       6'1     175     So.        Seward County
Outfield:                          Garrett Kirkwood                         5'9     175     Fr.         Colby
Pitcher:                           Isaiah Montoya-Gonzales          6'1     170     So.        Butler
Pitcher:                          Connor Burns                                6'2     200     Fr.         Garden City
Pitcher:                         Nolan Hoffman                             6'2     200     Fr.          Hutchinson
Relief Pitcher:              Carter Hogan                                 6'4     185     Fr.          Dodge City
Utility:                             Kailen Glover                                 6'0     180     So.         Pratt
                    
Honorable Mention
Catcher:                         Colton Onstott                               6'0     200     Fr.          Dodge City
Catcher:                         Alixon Herrera                                5'9    190     So.         Cloud County
First Base:                    Brady Hoover                                6'1     210     R-Fr.       Hutchinson
Second Base:              Brian Granton                                 5'8     160     Fr.          Colby
Shortstop:                     Cole Henley                                   5'11     170     Fr.          Barton
Third Base:                   Alex Nielsen                                    6'0     175     Fr.          Garden City
Outfield:                         Drake Bliss                                     5'9     150     Fr.           Barton
Outfield:                         Brooks Benson                              6'2     210     So.         Garden City
Outfield:                        Mack Gowing                                 5'9     190     So.          Hutchinson
Pitcher:                          Hunter Ducorbier                         5'10     180     R-So.     Colby
Pitcher:                         Cole Brandon                                  6'2     210     Fr.            Dodge City
Pitcher:                         Jay Rawlins                                      6'1    195     So.           Dodge City
Relief Pitcher:              Hayden Brauser                            5'10     140     So.         Pratt
Utility:                             Ben Dalke                                        6'4     200     So.         Colby


ALL-REGION VI BASEBALL TEAMS
Most Valuable Player
- Brylie Ware, Neosho County
Defensive Player of the Year - Abdiel Alicea, Cowley
                    
First Team
Position                         Player                                                Ht.     Wt.     Yr.         College

First Base                      Kyle Lopez                                       6'1     205     So.        Garden City
Second Base                Michael Helman                            6'1     185     Fr.          Hutchinson
Third Base                     Brylie Ware                                      6'0     205     Fr.          Neosho County
Shortstop                      Shane Cooper                              5'11     170     R-So.     Hutchinson
Utility                               Torrence Summerlin                     6'0     210     So.         Allen
Designated Hitter         Antonio Dorado                              6'0     190     R-So.     Seward County
Relief Pitcher                 Drew Johnson                               6'0     175     So.          Neosho County
Outfielder                       Marvin Malone                                6'3     200     So.          Colby
Outfielder                      Caden Doga                                 5'10     180     Fr.           Hutchinson
Outfielder                       Eli Lovell                                          6'0     220     So.          Kansas City KS
Pitcher                            Carson LaRue                              6'1     175     So.           Cowley
Pitcher                            Jeremy Gwinn                               6'5     190     So.           Colby
Pitcher                            Jakob Hernandez                         6'4     230     So.           Seward County
Catcher                           Ryan Toliver                                  6'0     195     So.            Neosho County
                    
Second Team
First Base                      Caleb Eldridge                             6'4     235     Fr.      Cowley
Second Base                Dakota Morse                               6'2     195     So.     Independence
Third Base                     Reece Garvie                               6'0     180     Fr.       Pratt
Shortstop                       Abdiel Alicea                                 6'0     170     So.     Cowley
Utility                               Ryan McClure                              5'11    185     So.     Barton
Designated Hitter         Logan Gipson                              6'0     195     So.     Labette
Relief Pitcher                Stephen Pagendarm                   5'8     160     So.     Garden City
Outfielder                      Julio Ibarra                                      6'1    190     So.      Pratt
Outfielder                      Jedd Andrade                               5'10     185     So.     Fort Scott
Outfielder                      Evan Bourn                                      6'3     187     So.     Neosho County
Pitcher                           Tucker White                                   6'1     205     So.     Cowley
Pitcher                           Mason Knopp                                  6'2     165     Fr.       Neosho County
Pitcher                           Noah Draper                                    6'0     185     So.     Garden City
Catcher                         Mason Brown                                 5'11     165     So.     Garden City

                    
GOLDEN GLOVE SELECTIONS
Position                   Player                                                      Ht.     Wt.     Yr.      College

First Base                Conor Behrens                                     6'1     205     So.     Kansas City KS
Second Base          Michael Helman                                   6'1     185     Fr.      Hutchinson
Shortstop                 Abdiel Alicea                                          6'0     170     So.     Cowley
Third Base              Bryant Klusener                                     6'0     190     So.     Butler
Outfielder               Mack Gowing                                         5'9     190     So.     Hutchinson
Outfielder                Roberto Enriquez                                   6'2     180     Fr.       Allen
Outfielder                Darian Abram                                         5'8     165     So.     Neosho County
Pitcher                    Jay Rawlins                                              6'1     195     So.     Dodge City
Catcher                   Andrew Tanous                                       6'0     203     So.     Fort Scott
 


DRAGONS 8TH AT NJCAA GOLF; HAIGHT EARNS ALL-AMERICA WITH TOP 10 FINISH

Golf | 05.20.16

MELBOURNE, Fla. – The Hutchinson Community College men’s golf team earned back-to-back Top 10 National Tournament finishes for just the second time in program history and Caleb Haight became the first Blue Dragon to finish in the individual top 10 in six years on Friday as the 2016 NJCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship wrapped up on Friday at Doran Golf Club.

The Blue Dragons shot their best round of the 72-hole championship with an even-par 288 on Friday to finish eighth overall at 3-over 1,155.

Haight finished with a third-straight round under par with a 2-under 70 on Friday to close the championship at -5-under 283 and in a five-way tie for ninth place in the final individual standings. That earned him second-team NJCAA All-America honors.

Hutchinson finished 27 shots off the pace of team champion McLennan College. The Blue Dragons were the top-finishing Jayhawk Conference team finishing 12 strokes ahead of Dodge City and 44 strokes ahead of Garden City. Haight was also the top individual player from the conference. He finished five shots ahead of Dodge City’s Witchayapat Sinsrang, who shot even par for the championship.

Matched with HCC’s ninth-place showing in the 2015 NJCAA championship, this is only the second time in program history – HCC golf started in 1964 – to produce back-to-back Top 10 national finishes. The other was in 2008 (tied for sixth place) and 2009 (eighth place). Overall, this was Hutchinson’s fifth Top 10 finish in 19 national appearances.

Haight became the first Blue Dragon since 2010 to place in the Top 10. Dale Middleton was the last to do so when he finished sixth in 2010. Haight, a Wichita product who transferred to HCC from Nebraska-Omaha, becomes the seventh NJCAA All-American and 12th overall All-American in program history.

Haight and Coble, who was a second-team NJCAA All-American last season, become only the second pair of golfers at HCC to earn All-America honors in back-to-back seasons. In 2003 and 2004, Jeremiah Nelson and Adam Young were third-team NJCAA All-Americans, respectively.

On Friday, the Blue Dragons counted Haight (-2), Dax Shaw (E), Lewis Schenk (E) and Coble (-2) in their 288 team score. Wil Arnold finished at 4-over 76.

HCC was consistent throughout the four rounds, carding scores of 289, 289, 289 and 288.

Individually after Haight, Coble finished in a tie for 32nd at 3-over 291. Arnold tied for 37th at 5-over 293. Shaw tied for 73rd at 302 and Schenk was 80th at 305.

(HCC Sports Information)


ASH IS NATIONAL RUNNER-UP; MELILLO, DESIR REACH MEDAL STAND ON DAY 3

Track | 05.19.16

LEVELLAND, Texas – The Hutchinson Community College track and field team closed with a flurry as Morgan Ash earned the best individual finish by a Blue Dragon at the 2016 NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday at South Plains College.

Ash was the national runner-up in the women’s javelin on Thursday. Teammate Jacklyn Melillo was right with Ash, who finished third in the event.

On the guys side, sophomore Stein Desir closed his Blue Dragon career with a sixth-place finish in the men’s 400-meter hurdles on the final day of competition.,

The Blue Dragon men finished with 13 points and tied Lincoln College for 18th place in the team standings. South Plains continued its domination of the men’s team championship scoring 146 points.

Ash and Melillo combined to score all 14 points for HCC’s women, who finished 15th overall. Iowa Central captured the women’s national championship.

Ash and Melillo’s top three finishes on Thursday were the first for the HCC women’s track and field team at the national championships since Megan Wood finished third in the javelin at Gowans Stadium.

Ash’s national runner-up throw was 132 feet, 8 inches. That throw meant that Ash became the first HCC women’s national runner-up since Paige Stuhlsatz finished second in 2012 in the pole vault.

Melillo then posted her career-best throw of 131 feet, 8 inches to capture third in the event.

The women’s javelin was a top-three sweep as Barton’s Ayesha Champagnie, who won the national championship at 147-11.

Desir completed his career as one of the most successful Blue Dragon hurdlers in program history with his sixth-place showing on Thursday.

Qualifying eighth, Desir moved up two spots in Thursday’s finals by running a time of 52.62 seconds. That time was a career-best for Desir and is the second-fastest time in program history.

In the only other Blue Dragon action on Day 3, Kylie James finished 14th in the women’s discus with a throw of 124 feet, 10 inches.

The NJCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships return to Gowans Stadium in 2017, the sixth time since 2009 HCC will serve as the championships’ host.

(HCC Sports Information)


HAIGHT’S 68 POWERS STRONG HCC FINISH IN ROUND 3 AT NJCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

Golf | 05.19.16

MELBOURNE, Fla. – The Hutchinson Community College men’s golf team was destined for its worst round of the 2016 NJCAA Division I men’s championships on Thursday before sophomore Caleb Haight came to the rescue.

Haight carded a season-low 4-under 68 at Duran Golf Club to help the Blue Dragons finish strong with a third-straight 1-under-par 289 on Thursday.

Now at 3-over 867 after 3 of 4 rounds, the Blue Dragons are tied for eighth place with Wallace State. The Blue Dragons trail team leader McLennan College by 19 strokes heading into Friday’s final round. The Blue Dragons continue to be the top Region VI team in the field. HCC leads Dodge City by five strokes.

Haight was at 1-under through 14 holes when he birdied No. 15 and posted his second eagle of the championship on No. 16 to move to 4-under par. Haight just missed another birdie on No. 18 when he left a long put 2 inches from the cup and closed with a par.

Hutchinson was at 7-over for the championship through 12 holes on Thursday, but Haight’s finish helped HCC play the final six holes in 4-under par.

Chase Coble picked up a birdie on No. 16 to close his third round at even-par 72. Wil Arnold played the final nine holes in 2-under to close at 1-over 73. After a triple bogey on 10, Lewis Schenk birdied No. 11 and had pars on the final seven holes to finish at 4-over 76. Dax Shaw finished at 6-over 78.

After two-straight under-par rounds, Haight is the low Blue Dragon golfers after 54 holes at 3-under par 213. He is tied for 13th place.

Coble and Arnold are both tied for 28th 1-over 217. Shaw is tied for 81st at 230 and Schenk is tied for 93rd at 233.

With the possibility of bad weather later in the day on Friday, the Blue Dragons will tee off between 6 and 6:40 a.m. CT and will play foursomes with Eastern Arizona, Iowa Western and Dodge City.

(HCC Sports Information)


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