Hutchinson CC Sports Information
LUBBOCK, Texas – Sophomore Adriana Janic won her second national championship on Friday winning the Indoor Pentathlon at the 2018 NJCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at Texas Tech University.
Janic broke her own Blue Dragon Pentathlon record with 3,751 points, winning the five-event competition by 245 points.
Janic, a sophomore from Malmo, Sweden, becomes to first Blue Dragon women's athlete to win indoor national championships in consecutive seasons. Last year, Janic captured the NJCAA Indoor 60-Meter Hurdles national title. She is only the second female Blue Dragon athlete to win national championships in back-to-back seasons, joining Esther Ikomi, who won back-to-back outdoor shot put national titles in 1987 and 1988.
Janic is just the fourth Blue Dragon women's athlete to win an NJCAA Indoor national title and she owns two of them. Cassie Wiley won the 2012 indoor high jump and runners Lindsay Mathias, Chelsea Blaufuss, Misty Reed and Glenda Branch teamed up to win the 2005 Distance Medley Relay national title.
Janic started the day by winning the Pentathlon 60-meter hurdles in 8.60 seconds (995 points). She extended her lead by winning the Pentathlon high jump with a clearance of 5 feet, 7 1/4 inch.
After finishing fifth in the shot put (30-1 1/2 – 476 points) and third in the long jump (18-1 1/2 – 706 points), Janic carried a 119 point lead into the final event, the 800 meters.
Taking nothing to chance, Janic won the 800 meters in a time of 2:28.84 (707 points) to win the national championship by 245 points runner-up Kira Williams of Highland.
It was a busy day for Janic on Friday in Lubbock.
Moments after getting off the medal stand for the Pentathlon national title, she ran her 60-meter hurdle preliminary. The defending national champion posted the third-fastest preliminary time at 8.61 seconds to qualify for Saturday's finals.
After a little break, Janic competed in the women's high jump, where she finished third in 2017. On Friday, Janic placed fourth and scored six more points for the Blue Dragons after finishing fourth at 5-7 1/2.
The 60-meter hurdle final is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. on Saturday.
Three other Blue Dragon entries competed on Friday.
Sophomore Ocean Paul had her career best in the pole vault, finishing ninth overall with a PR 10-feet, 6 inches. Paul ties Stormy Fuentes (2015) for the third-best indoor pole vault in Blue dragon history.
Sophomore Alex Rodriguez finished 18th in the shot put at 39-9 3/4.
In addition to Janic's appearance in the 60-meter hurdle finals:
+ Rodriguez competes in the 20-pound weight throw. She is ranked ninth in the nation.
Through one day, the No. 12-ranked Blue Dragons have 15 points and is tied for seventh with Highland.