TOO, BOLDEN HIGHLIGHT STRONG OPENING EFFORT AT REGION VI

Jewell Boldin finished fourth in the long jump and qualified second in the 100-meter hurdle finals at the 2019 Region VI Championships on Friday in El Dorado. (Bre Rogers/Blue Dragon Sports Information)
Jewell Boldin finished fourth in the long jump and qualified second in the 100-meter hurdle finals at the 2019 Region VI Championships on Friday in El Dorado. (Bre Rogers/Blue Dragon Sports Information)

Hutchinson CC Sports Information

EL DORADO – Sheila Too broke the Hutchinson Community College record in the 10,000 meters while Jewel Boldin and Katy Commins had big days for the Blue Dragons at the 2019 Region VI Outdoor Championships at BG Products Veterans Memorial Stadium on Friday.

The No. 11-ranked Blue Dragons are fourth overall after Day 1 with 27 points. Barton leads the women's team competition with 49 points. Cloud County is second with 45 points and Cowley is third with 42 points.

Too finished third on Friday in the 10,000 meters with a time of 42 minutes, 11.32 seconds, a personal best time. That also broke the 30-year record of Kelli Steinhauer, who set the previous mark at the 1989 Region VI Tournament.

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Bolden finished fourth in the long jump and qualified for Saturday's 100-meter hurdle final. Bolden placed fourth in the women's long jump at 18 feet, 4 1/4 inches. She was the second-fastest qualifier in the hurdles with a time of 14.32 seconds.

Commins finished second in the women's javelin with the fourth-best throw in the nation on Friday. Commins finished as Region VI runner-up in the event with a PR 129 feet, 9 inches.

The Blue Dragons scored six points in the 4x800-meter relay with a time of 9:55.68. The relay team of Christina Bruce, Sarah Pattenson, Caitlin Schlickau and Gabby Collins posted the fourth-fastest time in Blue Dragon outdoor history.

Sprinter Tatyana Hopkins qualified for the 100-meter finals with a time of 12.25 seconds, the eighth-fastest qualifying time on Friday.

Action resumes on Saturday at 10 a.m. with field events and Noon on the track.