LAMBERT BREAKS OWN RECORD, JANIC TO FINALS

Joel Powers/HCC Sports Information
Joel Powers/HCC Sports Information

HCC Sports Information
Friday, May 19, 2017

Maggie Lambert set a school record and Adrianna Janic advanced to Saturday's final in the 60-meter hurdles on Day 2 of the NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Gowans Stadium.

The second day of the national championships was delayed twice because of weather. The Blue Dragons who were scheduled to compete on Friday were able to complete their performances. Lambert had to wait until after her tornado warning to run.

After taking the track, the Lambert went on to break her own school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:57.85 to place ninth in a stacked field. Lambert qualified for the championships with the 11th-best time in the nation at 12:04.5.

How stacked was the field that Lambert ran in? The national champion, New Mexico's Easter Gitahi, broke a national record by 21 seconds with a time of 10:35.17.

The other highlight for the Blue Dragons on Day 2 came from Janic, the indoor national hurdle champion. Janic qualified for Saturday's finals in the 100-meter hurdles with the second-fastest qualifying time of 14.01 seconds. Janic had the second-fastest qualifying time coming into the national championships. Central Arizona's Jaminise Parris had the fastest time of 13.79 seconds.

Janic will have a busy day on Saturday. In addition to the 100-meter finals, Janic will also compete in the women's long jump and high jump.

Only one other Blue Dragon competed on Friday. Freshman Hannah Smith finished 16th in the women's shot put with a top throw of 37 feet, 1 1/4 inches.

 In addition to Janic's big day on Saturday, sophomores Morgan Ash and Jacklyn Melillo, who finished second and third at nationals as freshmen, compete in the javelin at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Kylie James and Alex Rodriguez will compete in the discus at 1 p.m. and Patricia Joseph joins Janic in the women's high jump at 2 p.m. Freshman Ocean Paul will also compete in the pole vault.