Cloud County track and field teams rack up 15 top-5 finishes as KT Woodman Classic

Cloud County sophomore Tanner Brown placed second in the men's decathlon with 6,130 points at the KT Woodman Classic
Cloud County sophomore Tanner Brown placed second in the men's decathlon with 6,130 points at the KT Woodman Classic

WICHITA, Kansas — The Cloud County Community College track and field teams braved some cold and windy weather down in Wichita over the weekend to collect a pair of event wins and 15 top-5 finishes during the T-Birds' annual trip to the KT Woodman Classic.

Cloud County received two first-place performances over the weekend, competing against talent from NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and the NJCAA ranks, as sophomores Murphy Bavinga and Peter Ackah each found the top of the podium.

Bavinga cruised to a win in the men's triple jump as he was the only athlete to clear 50-feet with a winning jump of 50'0.5, currently the eighth-best mark in the country amongst NJCAA nationally qualified athletes.

The mark is just behind the jump of 50'1.25 set by Bavinga's fellow sophomore teammate Peter Ackah, who collected the other event win for Cloud County over the weekend in the men's long jump event.

Ackah won the long jump with a leap of 23'4.50 and already owns the fifth-best mark in the event amongst NJCAA athletes.

In addition to the event wins, the Cloud County men's team added four runner-up finishes, beginning with an impressive showing from sophomore Tanner Brown in the men's decathlon back on Wednesday and Thursday.

Brown, the future Wichita State Shocker, finished second with 6,130 points and swept the three running events after earning wins in the 100-meter dash (10.75), 400-meter dash (48.86) and 1,500-meter run (4:42.71).

Sophomore jumper Kyle Alcine impressed in the men's high jump as the Kansas State signee placed second with a leap of 6'8.25.

In the 400-meter hurdles, Cloud County had three hurdlers in the top-5 as freshman Yuben Goncalves placed second (55.29), while sophomore Marco Joseph was fourth (56.48) and freshman Sten Sepp crossed the finish line in fifth (56.57).

Freshman distance runners Santino Kenyi and Saba Khvichava went back-to-back in the men's 800-meter run, with Kenyi placing second (1:56.08) and Khvichava close behind in third (1:57.44).

Santino would add a third-place finish in Friday's 1,500-meter run (3:55.03), and fellow freshman distance runner Dennis Kiptoo took third Friday in the 5,000-meter run (14:41.62).

Sophomore thrower Levi Armon rounded out the top-5 finishes for the Cloud County men's team as the future Shocker placed fifth in the shot put with a throw of 49'1.75.

For the Cloud County women, freshman Semaj McGhee had a strong showing as she collected a third-place finish in the women's high jump (5'2.25), added a seventh-place finish in the triple jump (36'5.50), and helped the T-Birds' 4X100-meter relay team to a third-place finish.

The relay team of McGhee, Chanice Forbes, Myflore Methelus, Shackera Samuels and Jacqueline Pokuaah ran a time of 48.27, currently the ninth-fastest time amongst NJCAA national qualifying teams.

Pokuaah and Samuels each added individual podium appearances, as well.

Pokuaah placed third in the 100-meter hurdles (14.62), while Samuels earned a sixth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles (1:08.06); just shy of the national qualifying mark of 1:06.80.

Freshman distance runner Maryse Mbenoun would add a sixth-place finish in the 800-meter run (2:28.45) and Concordia native Jessica Williams finished seventh in the women's pole vault (11'0.75) to round out Cloud County's top finishers.

Up next for the T-Birds will be a three-day test at the University of Kansas Relays, set for April 18-20 in Lawrence.