By Bailey Pennycuff and Adam Kolb / Sports Editors

The No.1 ranked Hutchinson Community College men’s golf team broke more records on Tuesday in the final round of the NJCAA National Preview. The Blue Dragons won the team title with a 54-hole scoring record of 828. That 36-under par score shattered the old team record by 19 strokes, which was set two weeks ago at The Rawls Course in Lubbock, Texas.

Freshman Ben Partridge won the individual championship with a Blue Dragon individual scoring record for 54 holes, at 13-under-par 203. Partridge, Charlie Crockett, Harry Crockett and Cameron Rios-Ceballos all set career 54-hole low scores. Partridge had a score of 68, Harry Crockett with a score of 69, Charlie Crockett finished with 73, and Rios-Ceballos posted a score of 75. All five golfers, and individual player Charlie Hilton, broke or tied career-low single rounds, including Charlie Crockett’s 64, the second lowest score in team history. There were four Blue Dragons in the top six of the individual standings and all seven golfers posted in the top 21. Charlie Crockett finished second with a career low 54-hole total of 206. Harry Crockett finished third at 210, and Trey McCrae ended in a three-way tie for fourth at 313. Rios-Ceballos finished tied for 12th at 219, while sophomore Tyler Trudo posted the second best single-round of his Blue Dragon career with a 2-under 70, tying for 15th place.  Hilton scored 223, and tied for 21st place. The Blue Dragons will close out the 2020 fall season at the Ryan Palmer Classic in Lubbock, Texas on October 26-27.

Men’s cross country – Last Friday, the men’s cross country team traveled to Kearney, Nebraska for the Invitational at Meadowlark Hills Country Club where the Blue Dragons placed second. This is the third-straight second-place finish for the team.

Sophomore Teagan Flanagan posted his fourth race with a second-place finish or better. His time was 25 minutes, 7.3 seconds –  just 0.3 seconds off his career-best 8,000-meter time that he set this season on Oct. 3 at the Red Devils Relays in Iola.

Four other Blue Dragons posted personal records on Friday.

Sophomore Jacob McElhanon was Hutchinson’s second-best finisher at 15th-place and a personal-record time of 26:23.8. 

Freshman Cameron Delaney placed 18th with a PR of 26:43.7. 

Freshman Jareth Carrasco had his best race finish and time at 29th-place and a time of 28:21.1.

Sophomore Matthew Schrag was the fifth scorer for the Blue Dragons. Schrag was 30th overall with a time of 28:22.6.

Freshman Aaron Geissinger finished 32nd with a PR time of 28:53.1.

Friday was the final regular-season race for the Blue Dragons. They will travel Oct. 28 to El Dorado for the Region 6 Cross Country championships.

Women’s Cross Country – The women’s cross country team placed third last Friday at the Nebraska-Kearney Invitational. 

Freshman Louise Cocking posted the third-fastest 5,000-meter time in Blue Dragon history with a fourth-place finish of 19:09.3

Hutch had a total of 72 points. The first-place team, Nebraska-Kearney beat the Blue Dragons by 41 points.

The Blue Dragons had one other runner finish in the top 10 beside Cocking – sophomore Sheila Too, who placed eighth overall with a time of 19:33.6.

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