[ By STEVE CARPENTER ]
[ BLUE DRAGON SPORTS INFORMATION ]
WICHITA, Kan. — Hannah Smith shined on one of Kansas’ top track and field stages Saturday as the Hutchinson Community College sophomore captured the hammer throw championship at the K.T. Woodman Classic at Wichita State’s Cessna Stadium.
Smith broke her own Blue Dragon record with a Woodman winning throw of 166 feet, winning the event by more than 2 feet over Oklahoma Christian’s Maia Zeno.
Smith topped her own Blue Dragon school record by 5 1/2 feet and has the nation’s fifth-best throw thus far this season. Smith unloaded her top throw of the day on her first attempt of the preliminary round.
The No. 18 Blue Dragon women picked up another national qualifier on Friday when Katy Commons finished 11th overall in the javelin. Her throw of 120 feet, 8 inches broke the national qualifying standard and is currently the sixth-best throw in the NJCAA.
Sophomore sprinter Tatyana Hopkins just missed qualifying in the 100 meters by .03 seconds. She finished seventh on Saturday in the 100 finals with a PR of 12.13 seconds. She qualified for the finals with a time of 12.36 seconds. Hopkins also finished ninth in the long jump with a top jump of 16 feet, 6 1/2 inches.
Other top Blue Dragon performances:
+ Sophomore Jewell Bolden ran the fifth-best time in the 100-meter hurdles. Her time of 14.91 seconds currently ranks 12th in the nation.
+ Gabby Collins finished 22nd in the 1,500 meters with a time of 5:04.30, the sixth-fastest time in Blue Dragon history. Aileen Gomez was 30th in the 1,500 meters with a time of 5:11.26, the 10th-fastest time in program history.
The Blue Dragons next compete at the Kansas Relays Thursday through Saturday in Lawrence and at the Tabor Invitational on Saturday in Hillsboro.