Feb 09, 2020 2:55 AM

Dragons add three more qualifiers, one more record

Posted Feb 09, 2020 2:55 AM
Andrew Kibet broke his fourth school record of the Blue Dragon indoor track season, winning the Mule Relays 1,000-meters in a time of 2:26-35 on Saturday in Warrensburg, MO. (Jacob Mcelhanon/Blue Dragon track and field)
Andrew Kibet broke his fourth school record of the Blue Dragon indoor track season, winning the Mule Relays 1,000-meters in a time of 2:26-35 on Saturday in Warrensburg, MO. (Jacob Mcelhanon/Blue Dragon track and field)

STEVE CARPENTER - Hutchinson CC Sports Information

WARRENSBURG, MO. – The No. 10-ranked Hutchinson Community College men's track and field team earned three more national indoor championship qualifiers and Andrew Kibet broke his fourth team record of the indoor season on Saturday at the Central Missouri State Mule Relays.

Kibet won the Mule Relay 1,000 meters on Saturday with a school-record time of 2:26.35. That time broke the 1997 record of Francious Strydom (2:31.47). Kibet also qualified for his fourth individual event with a converted time of 2:24.36, the fastest in the nation this season.

Kibet now owns the 600, 800, 1,000 and Mile run Blue Dragon indoor records, as well as the outdoor 800 and the cross country 8K record.


Blue Dragon distance runners garnered two more national qualifying times on Saturday.

Freshman Teagan Flanagan finished second in the 5,000 meters with a national qualifying time of 15:28.54. That time is the fourth-fastest in Blue Dragon indoor history.

Sophomore Sylvestre Kibarar won the mile run with a national qualifying time of 4:26.75. He is the third Blue Dragon to qualify in the Mile.

Jared Scott had the other Blue Dragon event win on Saturday. Already qualified for nationals in the 60 meters, Scott won the Mule Relays with a time of 6.84 seconds. He posted the fourth-fastest qualifying time of 6.99 seconds.

Sophomore Brett Hillabrand was second in the 3,000 meters with a time of 9:04.97, the ninth-fastest time in Blue Dragon indoor history. Hillabrand also has a personal record in the 800 with a Mule Relay runner-up time of 2:01.71.

Three other personal records were posted at the Mule Relays by Blue Dragon athletes.

Jordan Hawkins ran 23.61 for a PR in the 200 meters. He finished 10th overall.

Andrew Holt was ninth in the 800 with a career-best time of 2:07.97.

Devin Marx had a PR in the shot put with a top effort of 39-10.50.

The Blue Dragons now have 13 national qualifiers for the NJCAA Indoor championships in March in Lynchburg, Virginia. Hutchinson will nest compete at the Central Oklahoma Alumni Classic next Saturday in Norman, Oklahoma.

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Feb 09, 2020 2:55 AM
Galliher perfect game highlights opening-day sweep

Hutchinson CC Sports Information

WICHITA – What could be the only thing to top a run-rule victory in Game 1 of a season-opening doubleheader?

How about a perfect game in Game 2.

Making her Hutchinson Community College pitching debut Sunday, freshman Jordan Galliher twirled a perfect game in a 9-0 five-inning victory over the Allen Red Devils to complete a sweep at Two Rivers Youth Complex.

Freshman Sadie Loney was impressive in her debut, allowing just one run on four hits over four innings to earn her first victory as the Blue Dragons roared out of the 2020 season gate with a 19-1 victory in the first game on Sunday.

The Blue Dragons (2-0) will return to Wichita on Tuesday for a doubleheader against the Friends University Junior Varsity before heading to Fort Worth, Texas and the Cowtown Classic next weekend.

GAME 2 RECAPGalliher retired all 15 batters she faced. She started her career with back-to-back strikeouts in the first inning. Over the next 10 batters, Galliher had three groundouts and only one of three fly-ball outs left the infield. Galliher then struck out the side – Allen's Nos. 4, 5 and 6 hitters – in the fifth inning.

The perfect game wasn't official yet after that fifth inning.

The Dragons led 6-0 in the fifth inning. Freshman Lexi Williams capped a big day with her first career home run to lead off the bottom of the fifth to make it 7-0. Maryssa Rollin reached on an error and was pinch-ran for by Trinity EnsmingerNatalie Bevan then doubled before Ashley Wilson secured Galliher's gem with a three-run home run, her second homer in as many at-bats, to reach the run rule and win 9-0.

Galliher needed only 58 pitches to complete the no-hitter. She had only three two-ball counts and no three-ball counts versus the 15 batters she faced.

The game was scoreless through two innings. Taylor Ullery's sacrifice fly to deep left field scored Izzy McCarty to plate Hutch's first run in the third inning. Hutch broke it open with four runs in the fourth. Wilson hit a two-run home run. Kylee Dunn scored on McCarty's double and Bailey Pennycuff's single drove in McCarty for a 5-0 lead.

Wilson drove in a career-high five runs with her first career multi-home run game. She went 2 for 3. McCarty was the only other Dragon with a multi-hit game, going 2 for 2 with a pair of doubles. Natalie Bevan also doubled as Hutchinson had seven hits in the game against two Red Devil pitchers.

GAME 1 RECAPThe Blue Dragons hammered out 13 hits and took advantage of six Allen errors in Game 1 to give Loney all the run support she needed.

Loney worked the first three innings scoreless. Loney faced a little trouble in the first inning with two runs on and two out, but got a strikeout to end the inning. Loney retired the Red Devils in order in the second and third innings before giving up a leadoff home run to Riley Zook in the fourth.

Loney threw 59 pitches in four innings and allowed four hits and one earned run while striking out five and walking none. Rollin worked the fifth inning and struck out the side to end the game.

By the time Loney gave up that home run, the Blue Dragons had built an 18-0 lead through three innings with three in the first, four in the second and a whopping 11 runs in the third.

Rollin highlighted the first with a two-run home run. Ullery hit a two-run home run to start off the third-inning explosion.

The Blue Dragons had seven extra-base hits and 13 hits overall.

Ullery was one of five Blue Dragons with two hits. She had four RBIs and three runs scored. Rollin was 2 for 2 with three RBIs and two runs. McCarty was 2 for 2 with a double and three RBIs. Williams and Bevan both had two hits.