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 March 15, 2013

HCC Sports Information

EMPORIA – Sprinters DeAngelo Strickling and Devante Smith had big afternoons to lead the reigning Region VI champion Hutchinson Community College men’s track and field team into the first outdoor meet of 2013 on Thursday at the ESU Spring Twilight at the Emporia State University.

Strickling set a meet record in the 100 meters and both Blue Dragon sprinters qualified individually and in the 4x100-meter relay.

The Blue Dragons garnered six qualifying spots for the 2013 NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in May at Gowans Stadium. Hutchinson won seven events and had 15 top-three finishes at Emporia State.

Strickling broke the ESU Spring Twilight meet record in the 100 meters with an NJCAA-qualifying time of 10.61 seconds. Smith also broke the old meet record, finishing second at 10.64 seconds, also under the NJCAA qualifying standard.

Strickling and Smith then teamed up with Juwan Cubit and Michael Brown to won the 4x100-meter relay in a meet-record time of 41.38 seconds. The Blue Dragon relay qualified for nationals and posted the eighth-fastest time in HCC outdoor men’s history.

Strickling also won the 200 meters in a time of 21.67 seconds. Cubit was second at 21.89 seconds.

The HCC throwers had their usual solid performance with three individuals punching tickets to nationals.

Jake Brinkman became the eighth Blue Dragon in history to break 200 feet in the javelin when he launched a throw of 200 feet, 9 inches, which is the seventh-best in team history.

All-American Skylar Arneson won the shot put with a PR of 53 feet, 10 inches. That mark is fourth-best in team history.

Sophomore Courtland Garret was fourth in the discus, but still reached the national qualifying standard with a throw of 156-8. That mark was also a personal best for Garret.

The Blue Dragons had two other event victories that didn’t net national qualifying marks.

Sophomore Spencer Amerin won the high jump at 6 feet, 6 1/4. Sophomore Matthew Wright won the 400 meters with a time of 49.50 seconds.

Hutchinson will next compete at the Butler Invitational on March 23 at the Butler Grizzly Invitational in El Dorado.

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