SMITH CLOSES BLUE DRAGON CAREER IN RECORD FASHION

Hannah Smith (central) poses with her coaches after a third-place finish in the NJCAA Women's Hammer on Thursday in Hobbs, NM. Smith broke the school record with a throw of 180 feet, 3 inches. (Photo courtesy Blue Dragon Track)
Hannah Smith (central) poses with her coaches after a third-place finish in the NJCAA Women's Hammer on Thursday in Hobbs, NM. Smith broke the school record with a throw of 180 feet, 3 inches. (Photo courtesy Blue Dragon Track)
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BLUE DRAGON TRACK AND FIELD

NJCAA Division I Outdoor Championships – Day 2

When: Friday, May 17, 2019
Where: Hobbs, NM
Friday's schedule
Multi-events – 10 a.m. (CT)
Field events – 11 p.m. (CT)
Running events – 1 p.m. (CT)
Live ResultsHeartland Timing
Championship web sitewww.nmjc.edu

Hutchinson CC Sports Information

HOBBS, NM – Hannah Smith wasn't content breaking the Hutchinson Community College women's hammer throw record a mere three times this season.

The fourth was a spectacular performance and put the Blue Dragon women's track and field team on the scoreboard at the 2019 NJCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships at New Mexico Junior College on Thursday.

The Blue Dragon sophomore obliterated her previous Blue Dragon record with a throw of 180 feet, 3 inches on Thursday to finish third in the event and get the Blue Dragons six points in the team standings.

Hutchinson scored 12.5 points on Day 1 and is eighth place with two days to go.

Smith's previous school record was 173 feet, 4 inches, which was set at the Region VI championships in El Dorado. Smith, who owned the record heading into the 2019 outdoor season, started her record-breaking season at 160 feet, 3 inches.

The Blue Dragons also picked up points in two other events on Thursday.

Sophomore Jewel Bolden finished sixth in the long jump. She entered the championship with the seventh-best jump in the NJCAA this season and placed sixth with a jump of 19 feet, 8 inches, a 2-inch increase her previous personal record. That mark is also the third best in Blue Dragon women's history.

Summer Casey tied for fifth in the pole vault by matching her PR of 10 feet, 11 3/4 inches. That also matches the fourth-highest pole vault in Blue Dragon history.

Also competing on Thursday was:

+ Sheila Too ran in the 10,000 meters. She finished 11th in 43:52.13.

+ Hutch's 4x800 Relay team of Christina Bruce, Sarah Patteson, Caitlin Schlickau and Gabby Collins placed 11th in a time of 10:28.69.

The Blue Dragon women have a light schedule on Day 2 of the NJCAA Championships on Friday.

+ Bolden will compete in the preliminary round of the 100 hurdles.

+ Collins will run in the 3,000-meter steeplechase

+ Beanie Luttig will compete in the discus throw.