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Cloud County track splits team for two meetings this weekend

Cloud County Athletics

NORMAN, Okla. – Split-team action for the Cloud County Community College track teams would see the T-Birds compete in two different meets in two different states over the weekend, with the majority of the team competing at the University from the Oklahoma 2022 Earlier Invitational in Norman, Okla., while a limited number of field athletes would compete in the 2022 Butler Community College Grizzly Classic in El Dorado.

Kickoff Friday afternoon in Norman at the John Jacobs Athletic Complex, Cloud County would see a freshman Miracle Thompson break her own school record for a third consecutive week in the 100-meter hurdles by running a preliminary time of 13.58 seconds to qualify second in the event for Saturday’s final where she posted a time of 13.61 seconds to take second place in the general classification of the event. Also running a qualifying time on Friday in a CCCC women’s event would be Isila Apkup in the 100 meters with a time of 12.10 seconds before going on to post a time of 12.24 seconds for seventh place among a field of 35 runners that included athletes from NCAA Divisions I and II, NAIA and of the NJCAA.

Another school record performance would come Friday in Norman thanks to the male pitcher Mohammad Ahmad after throwing 65.74 meters (215 feet – 8 inches) for fourth place in the hammer throw before finishing the next day as the top collegiate athlete at the Grizzly Classic in El Dorado with a throw of 62.73 meters (205 ft – 10 in) as the Egypt native continues to add to his already massive NJCAA lead in the event.

A victory at the Friday night event would come from the jumper Bradley Davies-Pughe in the long jump with a mark of 7.53 meters (24 feet – 8.5 inches) to improve on his already national qualifying mark as the rookie now has the fifth-best long jump recorded in the NJCAA this season. Going back to Saturday in Oklahoma, the Cloud County women would set a 2022 outdoor season best time of 4:53.78 in the 1,500 yards of Melody Ochana while seeing Vimbayi Maisvorewa nearly matched his school record set last week in the 400 meters by running a time of 53.76 seconds to take second place among 21 runners in the event.

Cloud County’s other top finishes at the Sooner Invitational included a fifth-place finish from Vanessa Mercera in the heptathlon recording a total of 4,178 points which currently ranks fifth in the NJCAA while the men’s T-Bird would earn a third-place finish from André Betton in the decathlon (6,122 points) as well as a seventh place Elias Rivera (5,533 points).

As for Sunflower State action at the Grizzly Classic, the biggest mark of the day for Cloud County would come from the sophomore year. Hollie Stewart in the javelin throw by winning the event with a mark of 43.17 meters (141 feet – 8 inches) to beat the next closest competitor by 35 feet while recording the best throw in the NJCAA this season. Stewart would also win the shot put with a mark of 13.55 meters (44 feet – 5.5 inches) while seeing his teammate Mallory Callihan finish eighth in the event with a mark of 11.31 meters (37 feet – 1.25 inches) to accompany a fifth place in the discus (38.25 meters, 125 feet – 6 inches).

CCCC’s other top marks at the Grizzly Classic included a fourth-place finish in the javelin of David Mick (40.95 meters, 134 feet – 4 inches) as well as a seventh place finish in the hammer throw (39.77 meters, 130 feet – 6 inches) while Brody Vance would place sixth in the javelin with a mark of 34.53 meters (113 ft – 3 in).

And after?
Cloud County will host its only home competition of the year next Saturday with the 2022 Thunderbird Classic taking place both on campus and at Harold M. Clark Stadium at Concordia. Saturday’s action kicks off at CCCC with throwing events including the hammer throw, javelin and discus, while stadium action begins with field events at 11 a.m. and the on-field alumni reunion is scheduled to take place on campus following the conclusion of the meet Saturday night.