SMITH SETS HAMMER RECORD IN 5TH-PLACE NJCAA FINISH

Hannah Smith broke the Hutch team record in the women's hammer throw to finished fifth overall in the NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday. 
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Hannah Smith broke the Hutch team record in the women's hammer throw to finished fifth overall in the NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday. Joel Powers/HCC Sports Information

HCC Sports Information
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Freshman Hannah Smith had a career day and scored the first points of the NJCAA Division I Track and Field Championships for the Hutchinson Community College women on Thursday at the Kansas State Fairgrounds.

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Smith finished fifth in the women's hammer throw with a distance of 160 feet, 5 inches, a Blue Dragon school record. That mark topped the 2010 record of Leeza Henry.

Her fifth-place finish on Thursday gave the Blue Dragons four points, which puts Hutchinson in fifth place after Day 1.

Smith topped her previous best throw by 9 1/2 feet. She entered the championships ranked 16th in the NJCAA

Freshman Ocean Paul was also to compete on Thursday night in the women's pole vault. But the evening program was postponed because of severe thunderstorms that rolled through the area on Thursday evening. The women' pole vault will be contested on Saturday after the completion of the men's pole vault.

Freshman Alex Rodriguez finished 11th in the women's hammer. Her top throw was 150 feet, 5 inches. Rodriguez entered the championships ranked 15th in the NJCAA

Friday will have full day of action for the Blue Dragon women's in the NJCAA Track and Field Championships, including freshman Adriana Janic, who will run her preliminary race in the women's 100-meter hurdles. Janic, the indoor national 60-meter hurdle champion, has the second-fastest time in the nation this season at 13.57 seconds.