By Carly Thompson / Staff writer

The Hutchinson Community College men’s track and field team competed at the K.T. Woodman Classic at Cessna Stadium in Wichita this past weekend. The meet hosted NCAA Division I and Division II schools as well as NAIA and NJCAA teams.

Sharim Hamilton is now ranked No. 7 in the NJCAA after winning the 400-meter hurdles with a personal record time of 53.08 seconds. 

The team left the meet satisfied with a variety of athletes achieving career-best statistics.

The team heads to the Bethel Invitational on Saturday in North Newton.

Women’s track – The Blue Dragon women also performed well at the K.T. Woodman Classic. Ten athletes achieved personal records.

Freshman Madelyn Hernandez placed third in the high jump with a clearance of 5 feet, 4.5 inches, her second-best height of the season. She also had a personal best in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.96.

The team also heads to the Bethel Invitational on Saturday in North Newton.

Baseball – After the past weekend’s Jayhawk West series finale in Concordia against Cloud County, the Blue Dragons are 19-18 overall and 10-10 in the Jayhawk West. Defeated in the first three games, the Blue Dragons came back for a 5-3 win over Cloud County. 

The Blue Dragons tied the game as Ryan Henderson led off the seventh inning with a home run to left-center field and tied the game at 3-3. 

Will Edmunson, the Blue Dragon right fielder and Jayhawk West’s leading hitter, hit a two-run home run to left field in the tenth inning to seal the lead. The Blue Dragons out-hit Cloud County 10-8.

Softball – The top two teams in the KJCCC had a doubleheader split with the Blue Dragons now 29-6 overall and 17-3 in the Jayhawk West Conference. 

The Blue Dragons took the first game 7-2 over the Butler Grizzlies. Riley Wertz hit her sixth home run of the season in the second inning. Following in the fifth, Aspen Goetz had a three-run home run. Emily Munson and Wertz held strong in the circle.

In the second game, the Blue Dragons fell 9-1 with a season-worst six errors.

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