SEWARD, Nebraska — As some members of the Cloud County Community College track and field team were back in Concordia on Friday dawning caps and gowns, a handful of T-Birds were competing out at the Concordia Twilight in a final tune-up and qualifying chance before next weekend's NJCAA National Outdoor Championships.
Freshman middle distance runner Longins Kouri took advantage of the last-chance opportunity, punching his ticket to the national meet, set for Thursday through Saturday in El Dorado, by posting a time of 1:54.71 in the 800-meter run.
Kouri finished fifth in the event, while sophomore teammate Stephen Marindich took second with a time of 1:51.60.
Sophomore thrower Gabbreil Harris padded her school record in the women's discus, winning the event with a throw of 171-feet, 7-inches. She will head into next weekend as the No. 1 ranked discus thrower among female NJCAA athletes.
Cloud County added two additional event wins on Friday as Lesley Mahlakoane won the men's 400-meter dash with a time of 47.84. Mahlaokoane is already a national qualifier in the event, ranking No. 28 in the country,
Fellow freshman sprinter Wesley Logorava also earned the top spot in the men's 200-meter dash, crossing the finish line in 21.54, just .04 shy of the national qualifying mark of 21.50.
Cloud County will now look to rest up and prepare for next weekend's NJCAA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Butler Community College in El Dorado.
Action gets underway at 11 a.m. on Thursday at BG Products Veterans Sports Complex.