Hutchinson CC Sports Information
PITTSBURG – For the second-straight day, the Hutchinson Community College men's track and field team broke a school record at the Gorilla Classic.
The Blue Dragon men's 4x400 relay team broke a school record with a strong ninth-place finish at the Plaster Center in a record time of 3 minutes, 16.84 seconds.
One day earlier, Alex Grays broke the 200-meter indoor record. These records are the first time a Blue Dragon indoor record has been broken since 2007.
The Blue Dragons picked up one more national qualifier on Saturday as freshman Jared Stark earned a spot in the men's 3,000 meters. Stark finished 13th at the Gorilla Classic with a time of 8:53.86.
Freshman Richard Newman placed second in the high jump in Pittsburg with a clearance of 6 feet, 10 1/4 inches.
Devon Henderson continued to perform well, finishing sixth in a packed field with Division I athletics in a time of 6.86 seconds in the 60-meter finals.
Tre'juan Cash posted a season-best 8.14 seconds in the 60-meter hurdle preliminaries, which was the eighth fastest. He was disqualified in the finals.
The Blue Dragons set several athletics to the Highland Challenge on Saturday.
Freshman Garet Johnson set a PR in the men's shot put with a runner-up throw of 48-1 1/2.
Freshman Patrick Hartung also set a PR in the men's weight throw at 40 feet, 1/2 inch to finish second in the event.
There were six other Blue Dragons who were runners up in Saturday.
D.J. Norman was second in the high jump at 6-2 3/4.
Aaron Shannon was second in the 400 at 52.74 seconds.
Grant Clothier was runner-up in the 3,000 meters with a time of 9:35.68.
The Blue Dragon 4x400 relay was second in 3:36.20.
The Blue Dragons begin regional action this week. The Region VI Heptathlon/Pentathlon will be Thursday and Friday at Highland and then the Region VI Indoor Championships will be at Kansas State University's Ahearn Fieldhouse on Sunday, February 18 in Manhattan.