ASH, JANIC LEAD HUTCH WOMEN ON FINAL DAY OF NJCAAS

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

HCC Sports Information
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Morgan Ash earned another All-American honor and Adriana Janic closed out a tremendous freshman season on Saturday for the Hutchinson Community College women's track and field team at the 2017 NJCAA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Gowans Stadium.

Ash finished in the top three of the women's javelin for the second-straight season on Saturday, while Janic scored in three events to lead the Blue Dragons.

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Hutchinson finished 13th overall in the 2017 Championships with 22 points. New Mexico Junior College won the team championship with 97 points. Barton was the national runner-up at 83.5 points.

As a freshman, Ash was the national runner-up in the women's javelin. On Saturday, Ash posted a mark of 132 feet, 1 inch to claim third place and earn a second-straight All-America honor.

Janic scored in the long jump, high jump and 100-meter hurdles for the Blue Dragons on Saturday.

Janic's day started with a somewhat surprising sixth-place finish in the women's long jump where she finished sixth overall with a leap of 18 feet, 9 3/4 inches. Janic entered the Championships ranked 11th in the NJCAA in the long jump.

In a much-anticipated matchup in the finals of the 100-meter hurdles. Janic placed third in a time of 13.86 seconds, her second fastest time this season. She was edged by Central Arizona's Jeminse Parris, who ran a 13.49 and Barton's Mahendra McWhite's 13.84 seconds.

Janic then closed out her day with a sixth-place finish in the high jump. She cleared 5-6.

Janic earned five All-America honors and the 60-meter hurdle indoor national championship in her freshman season. She also set four school records.

Also on Saturday:

+ Sophomore Jacklyn Melillo was 10th in the women's javelin at 116 feet, 1 inch.

+ Ocean Paul tied for ninth in the pole vault after clearing 10 feet.

+ Alex Rodriguez was 18th in the women's discus at 130-7. Teammate Kylie James was 23rd at 91-4.