CCCC has three national champions

HUTCHINSON — Cloud County Community College produced three champions in the NJCAA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
The Cloud County women’s team had two individual champions, Chioma Agwunobi and Tameca Wallace.
George Gathuru recorded a first-place finish for the Cloud County men.
Agwunobi, a sophomore from Richmond, Texas, won the long jump with a school-record leap of 20-1/4.
Wallace, a freshman from Kingston, Jamaica, captured first place in the triple jump with a best of 40-3 1/2.
Gathuru, a freshman from Nairobi, Kenya, won the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:12.68 in the warm, windy conditions.
The first-place finishers earn NJCAA first-team All-America honors.
Scoring 30 points, the Cloud County men placed 11th as a team.
South Plains (Texas) College won the team title with 140 points. Iowa Central Community College was second with 103 and Western Texas College was third with 52.
The Cloud County women also placed 11th with 26 points.
Iowa Central scored 143 points to finish first. South Plains was second with 133 and Central Arizona was third with 76.
Gathuru, along with winning the 5,000, placed fifth in the 10,000 in 32:06.19. He had run 30:54 this season.
Juan Joel Pacheco Orozco, Colby Community College, won the race in 31:52.17.
“He (Gathuru) went out too slow and got beat by faster kickers,” Cloud County coach Harry Kitchener said.
Wayne Northover, a sophomore from St. Andrew, Jamaica, jumped a season best 23-7 1/2 to place fourth in the long jump for the Thunderbirds.
Jarvis Gotsch, South Plains, won the event with a leap of 25-10 1/4.
Northover also finished fourth in the triple jump with a personal best of 51-9 3/4.
Latario Collie-Minns, Iowa Western, placed first with a leap of 53-10 1/4.
Dwight Davidson, a freshman from Hope, threw a personal best of 198-7 to place fifth in the javelin for Cloud County.
John Ampomah, Neosho County, finished first with a toss of 235-9.
Dakota Webber, a freshman from Manhattan, finished seventh in the discus with a best of 161-9. That was his personal best.
Tautvydas Kieras, Monroe College, threw 170-6 to place first.
The Cloud County women had Anna Linton, a freshman from Kensington, place third in the shot put with a toss of 44-1 1/2.
Micah Dennis, Central Arizona, placed first with a best of 46-10 3/4.


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