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Johnson County Women Wins Triple Crown
 May 6, 2014

Women’s cross country and track programs have won 7 of last 9 region titles

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – For the second time in three years, the Johnson County Community College women’s track and field program has captured the Triple Crown by winning the 2014 Region VI and East Jayhawk Conference outdoor championships in Arkansas City, May 2-3. The Lady Cavaliers tallied 170.33 points, 33.33 more than runner-up Coffeyville in the region standings. They piled up 252.5 points in the conference, 70 more than the Red Ravens.

Earlier this year, Johnson County won region and conference titles in cross country and indoor track.

“It’s an unbelievable accomplishment,” said JCCC head coach Mike Bloemker, who was honored as the Region VI Women’s Coach of the Year. “All the credit goes to my assistant coaches and most of all the athletes. All of the athletes really stepped up and gave their absolute best.”

Johnson County won only one event, but placed second in 10 events and third in seven events, which produced a total of 24 All-Region VI performers.  In the conference standing, JCCC athletes won 12 events and earned 31 All-East Jayhawk honors.

Johnson County was led by freshman N’Dia Harris (Olathe East H.S.). She accounted for 20 total points, placing first in the long jump, second in the 400-meter hurdles and seventh in the triple jump.  Her time of 1:04.43 in the hurdles put in in the fourth spot on JCCC’s performance list. Harris was the conference champion in both the long jump and hurdle events.

JCCC also had key efforts from Katie Nelson (16 points), Emily Meyers (14.5 points), Jalisa Brice (14 points), Marie Celliti (14 points), and Janee’ Kassanavoid (14 points).

Nelson placed second in the 5,000-meters, third in the 1,500-meters and ran a leg on the 4x800 relay that placed runner-up. Joining her on the relay were Paige Miller, Sydney Simpson and Madison Williams.

Meyers earned a second place finish in the heptathlon, tallying 4,205 points, fourth most recorded in school history. She also placed fourth in the long jump and ran a leg on the 4x100 relay that came in third. Mickalla Mitchell, Dakkota Edmonds, and Brya Greene joined her on the relay. Mitchell also raced to a third place finish in the 400-meter dash.

Brice leapt to a runner-up finish in the long jump and third place finish in the triple jump. Her effort of 38-8.75 in the triple jump put in fourth spot on JCCC’s top five performers list in the event.

Celliti ran to a second place finish in the 10,000-meters and a third place finish in the 5,000-meter run. Kassanovid scored in all three of her throwing events, placing second in the hammer, fourth in the shot put and seventh in the discus.

Other all-region performances were turned by Abi Hartzell in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (2nd place), Lia Howe and Amy Dennis in the pole vault (2nd place and 3rd place), Kendyl McDougald in the javelin (2nd place), and Mackenzie Gorthy in the 10,000-meters (3rd place). She also placed fourth in the 5,000-meters.

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