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March 2, 2013CASWELL, IVERSON LEAD HCC TRACK TEAMS DURING DAY 1 OF INDOOR NATIONALS
LUBBOCK, Texas - Freshman Cassie Caswell and sophomore Autumn Iverson both earned All-America honors in the shot put to highlight Day 1 for the Hutchinson Community College track and field teams at the 2013 NJCAA Indoor National Championships at Texas Tech University.
The Lady Dragons had three different athletes score points on Day 1. Hutchinson's women is in sixth place in the team standings after seven events with 12.5 points.
The HCC men had a rough first day with only two athletes - Tyler Rambo and Skylar Arneson in the shot put - scoring points. The Blue Dragons are tied with Rend Lake, Gillette College and Western Texas College for 15th place with six points.
Caswell became an All-American for the first time on Friday by finishing third in the women's shot put with a personal-best 43 feet, 7 3/4 inches. That is the fourth-best women's indoor shot put in Lady Dragon history.
Right behind Caswell was Iverson, who claimed her third All-America finish in her Lady Dragon career with a fifth-place finish in the shot put at 42-2.
Sophomore Paige Stuhlsatz tied a season-best performance in the pole vault, but didn't match her national indoor runner-up performance of last season. Stuhlsatz cleared 10-11 3/4 to finish in a tie for sixth place.
Rambo led the Blue Dragon men during Day 1 with a fifth-place finish in the men's shot put. Rambo had a PR throw of 52-10 3/4, which is the fourth-best men's indoor shot put in HCC history.
Arneson finished eighth in the shot put with a distance of 51-11 3/4.
Sophomore multi-athlete Karson Becker is 10th in the Heptathlon with 2,394 points and freshman Chris Peters is 12th with 2,353 points. Those athletes will complete the final three events on Saturday morning.
Other HCC performances at the NJCAA Indoor Nationals:
+ Sophomore Spencer Amerin tied an indoor PR in the men's high jump after going 6-8 3/4 to finish ninth, just out of the points.
+ Sophomore sprinter Juwan Cubit didn't qualify for either the 55-metter or 200 meter finals, but he posted the third-fastest 200 time in HCC history at 21.89 seconds. That was the 20th-fastest qualifying time in Friday. Cubit finished 22nd in the 55 meters in 6.46 seconds.
+ Sophomore sprinter Devante Smith had the fourth-fastest Blue Dragon 200 in team history at 21.91 seconds, which was 21st in qualifying. Smith ran 6.47 seconds in the 55 meters to finish 16th.
+ Sophomore sprinter DeAngelo Strickling just missed the 55-meter finals, finishing with the 10th-best preliminary time of 6.38 seconds. Strickling was 27th in the 200 at 22.29 seconds.
+ Becker finished 10th in the pole vault after clearing 14-3 1/4.
+ Freshman Andrew Pope placed 12th in the men's pole vault after clearing 12-3 1/4.
+ Freshman Orbelin Rojas didn't qualify for the 3,000-meter finals with the 14th-best preliminary time of 9:09.18.
+ Sophomore Courtland Garrett placed 15th in the shot put at 47-3 3/4.
+ Freshman Ashlynn Lambert missed the women's 1,000-meter finals with a time of 3:17.40, which was 17th in the preliminaries.
+ Sophomore Isaac Williams was 27th in the men's 1,000-meter preliminaries with a time of 2:39.23.
On Saturday, Becker and Peters will complete the heptathlon. Arneson and Caswell will compete in the weight throw and the men's 4x800-meter relay team will also compete.