By STEVE CARPENTER - Hutchinson CC Sports Information
PITTSBURG – Freshman Zach Biel and sophomore Teagan Flanagan both punched tickets to the 2021 NJCAA Indoor Championships on Sunday at the Region VI Championships in Pittsburg.
Biel cleared a career-best 6 feet, 6 3/4 inches in the high jump on Sunday. HE was the Region VI runner-up and won the Jayhawk West championship. Biel also became the fifth Blue Dragon national qualifier.
The sixth came on the track Sunday when Teagan Flanagan qualified in his second event this season when he finished sixth in the 3,000 meters. Already qualified in the 5,000, Flanagan ran a 3,000 time of 8:47.28.
Biel and Flanagan helped the Blue Dragons finish seventh in the Region VI men's standings. Hutchinson scored 40 points. The Dragons were third in the Jayhawk West standings with 92.5 points.
The Blue Dragons scored in three other events on Sunday.
Flanagan was seventh in the 1,000 meters after a time of 4:26.65.
Already qualified for nationals, sophomore Wyatt Thiel placed fifth in the high jump with a clearance of 6-4 3/4.
Also qualified, Erick Johnson placed sixth in the triple jump after a best of 45-11 1/4.
The NJCAA Indoor Championships will be March 5-6 in Pittsburg.