Feb 10, 2020 7:37 PM

Men's track team qualifies three more for nationals

Posted Feb 10, 2020 7:37 PM

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.

Continue Reading Hutch Post