Cloud County Track Makes Most of Second-Straight Weekend in Wichita at KT Woodman Classic

Cloud County's Ishmael Acheampong Won the 800 Meters at the KT Woodman Classic in Wichita
Cloud County's Ishmael Acheampong Won the 800 Meters at the KT Woodman Classic in Wichita

Returning to Wichita for a second-straight week of competition, the Cloud County Community College track and field teams continued their recent stretch of success with 24 top-eight finishes at the KT Woodman Classic held at Cessna Stadium on the campus of Wichita State University April 12-13.

A loaded field that featured a large mix of NCAA Division I, II, NAIA, and NJCAA schools along with the Shocker Pre-State Challenge for high schools in Kansas that took place Thursday and Friday saw no team scores recorded as the college action began on Friday afternoon and late into the evening before resuming on Saturday for a full day of competition.

Friday Results:
Breaking her own school record in the 1,500 meters, Friday was highlighted by a runner-up finish for N Vanee Anchike by running a time of 4:31.24 to shave another six seconds off her previous season-best and record time of 4:37.69. The lone event win of the day came in the 800 meters with T-Bird women's athlete Nontokozo Ncube running a time of 2:12.59 to best a 48-runner field while seeing Ozia Trujillo cap off the night with a fifth-place finish in the 5,000 meters by running a time of 18:11.48. In men's action on Friday, Siyabonga Mokgothu had the highest CCCC finish by taking second among a 58-runner field in the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:48.49 while Jaren Aurand placed seventh in the javelin with a toss of 53.98 meters (177 ft. – 1 in.).

Saturday Results:
With 10 of the remaining 19 top-eight finishes coming from the Cloud County women, the T-Birds totaled three event wins including a winning time of 2:18.34 in the 800 meters by Mercy Angaamchaab. Also winning the 800 meters on the men's side was Ishmael Acheampong with a time of 1:58.12 while seeing Oageng Mdlela win the triple jump with a leap of 15.28 meters (50 ft. – 1.5 in.) to best teammate and second-place finisher Awakhiwe Ndlovu (15.13 meters, 49 ft. – 7.75 in.). Four top-eight finishes came in the pole vault for CCCC with the T-Bird women having Jasmine Sakuguchi (3.62 meters, 11 ft. – 10.5 in.) take third alongside a fourth-place finish from Bradie Medina (3.47 meters, 11 ft. – 4.5 in.) and seventh-place finish from Elizabeth Dunham (3.32 meters, 10 ft. – 10.75 in.) while seeing Skylar McFarling take eighth in the men's competition (4.27 meters, 14 ft. – 0 in.).

Other field events to have top-eight finishes for the Cloud County men included the long jump with Brandon Hutchinson taking fifth (6.98 meters, 22 ft. – 10.75 in.) while Corey Ottey took eighth in the high jump (1.94 meters, 6 ft. – 4.5 in.). The women's field events saw Tamara Thompson place third in the discus (47.54 meters, 156 ft. – 0 in.) and fifth in the hammer throw (46.05 meters, 151 ft. – 1 in.) while seeing Adrienne Locke-Garcia take sixth in the discus (42.23 meters, 138 ft. – 7 in.) and Shackala Henry place seventh in the high jump (1.57 meters, 5 ft. – 1.75 in.). Of the remaining top-eight finishes, two came in the women's 400 meters with Ncube (55.42 seconds) and Rafiatu Nuhu (55.58 seconds) taking second and third to finish out the women's top marks while Andres Young placed fourth in the 800 meters (1:58.12). The final two top finishes came from Ifeanyichukwu Aninze in the 400-meter hurdles (53.98 seconds) before seeing Kevin Brooks, Kamogelo Thipe, Nichalas Power, and Ottey combine for a time of 3:19.18 in the 4x400 meter relay.

What's Next?
Just two regular-season meets remain for Cloud County before postseason competition with the T-Birds next scheduled to be in action this upcoming weekend at the University of Kansas Relays. The three-day meet will take place at Rock Chalk Park and begin at 12 PM on Thursday, April 18th with action taking place all day Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.