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College highlights: HCC track athletes qualify for nationals

Howard Community College

The Howard Community College track team open its outdoor season March 17 at the Lynchburg College Invitational in Virginia. Sunny, warm temperatures made for some qualifying marks for the Dragons for their national championships in May.

The day started off with three men qualifying for the 10k. Filagot Dinku placed second overall with a time of 33 minutes, 25 seconds. Rafi Fernandez placed 10th (36:18) and Jamie Lara was 12th (36:35).

Jessica Garry placed 12th in the shot put (10.08 meters).

Madison Hoover qualified for the long jump (4.64 meters) and the 100 meters (13.58).

Christopher Smith qualified in the discus with a mark of 38.76 meters, which placed him fourth overall.

Andrew Parlette ran 4:06 for the 1,500 meters and came back with a 16:26 time in the 5k.

Mary Rzegocki ran 5:03 for the 1,500 meters for seventh and came back with a 19:33 5k, placing fourth.

Kellie Sydnor came in fifth in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 15.91.

Jason Bishop qualified in the 100 meters placing seventh (11.30). He also qualified in the 200 meters (23.05).

Eric Bishop placed fourth in the 110 high hurdles (15.84).

Calder Walker placed third in the 400 (49.96). Chris Patrice was fifth (50.89).

In the men's 800 meters, Brandon Woodley was fifth (1:56). Edwin Walker ran 2:04 to hit the qualifying mark.

"It was a great way to start the season," coach Steve Musselman said. "The warm weather helped along with some good competition. We got a lot of qualifiers; several of the other athletes were close. We wanted to focus on individual events this week. We run at the University of Mary Washington for their relay meet. We should qualify the relays there."

The men's lacrosse team notched its first victory March 11 by defeating Delaware Tech, 13-4. The Dragons dominated in ground balls, 38-20. Marcellus Preston scooped up a team-high nine ground balls, while on the defensive end Bryan Arnold, Austin McWethey and Matt Lietner totaled 12 ground balls as a unit.

The Dragons were led by attackman Austin Keefer (five goals, assist), midfielder Zach Wheeler (four goals, assist), midfielder Marcellus Preston (two goals, three assists), Pat Serio (goal) and Vince Naylor (goal).

The defense did a good job of holding Delaware Tech to four goals; the team was averaging eight goals a game. Tyler McKeever (10 saves) had another good game between the pipes. Most of the shots were from in close.

The Dragons are 1-4 in non-conference and will host Nassau Sunday, March 25 at noon in another non-conference game.

In earlier games, HCC lost to Suffolk, 12-11 in overtime; Navy Prep, 20-4, and Army Prep, 20-7.

After scrimmaging two club teams, the HCC women's lacrosse team opened league play against CCBC-Essex. In the beginning, Howard held a two-goal lead, but too many turnovers (16) helped Essex quickly answer back to catch up and go ahead. Essex lazered in on goal several times to dominate play, 21-9.

On March 17, Howard hosted Broome (N.Y.) Community College and won, 12-10. The transition play was much improved as was the defense.

HCC hosts Erie Friday, March 23 at 4 p.m.

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