PITTSBURG, Kansas — The Cloud County Community College track and field teams opened action Friday at the two-day NJCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, with both teams sitting in prime positions through seven scored events.
Fresh off its first Region VI indoor championship in school history, the Cloud County men's team is in the hunt for a national title as the T-Birds are in second place at 35 points, just being Central Arizona with 38.
The Cloud County women also find themselves positioned in the top-10 after the first day, ending Friday in seventh-place with 20 points.
Day One was highlighted by the performance from sophomore pole vaulter Louis Humbert, who claimed the indoor national title with a winning mark of 15-feet, 6-inches (4.75 meters).
Humbert, the T-Birds' school record holder in the event, was the No. 2 seed entering the finals, but was able to top Central Arizona's Owen DaSilva (15'2.5, 4.65 meters)
A trio of Cloud County freshmen also found the podium for the men's team as Kyle Alcine placed third in the high jump (6'9), while Dennis Kiptoo added a third-place finish in the 3,000-meter run (8:26.66) with Kwanele Mthembu close behind in sixth-place (8:31.73).
Kiptoo would also post a fifth-place finish in the men's 5,000-meter run on Friday.
The Cloud County men's distance medley relay team of Lesley Mahlakoane, Ablel Gebreselase, Gabriel Chinya and Saba Khvichava reached the podium Friday, as well, earning a sixth-place finish with a time of 10:17.68.
School-record holder Jacqueline Pokuaah also had a fine national debut as she earned a third-place finish in the long jump with a leap of 19'3.25). Fellow freshman Grace Chinonyelum would add a seventh-place finish in the event (18'6.7).
Freshman multi athlete Semaj McGhee had a solid showing in the women's pentathlon, finishing in a tie for eighth overall with a score of 2,885 points. Her day was highlighted by fifth-place finishes in the high jump and shot-put events.
Sophomore jumper Peter Ackah rounded out Cloud County's top-10 finishes on Friday, earning ninth in the men's long jump (23'5.9).
The T-Birds are set to resume action at 10 a.m. Saturday when the men's heptathlon gets back underway with the 60-meter hurdles.
Live results for Saturday's action can be accessed here: https://live.athletic.net/meets/2135