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Howard Community College posts top finishes at NJCAA DIII Outdoor Track Championships

Howard Community College posts top finishes at NJCAA DIII Outdoor Track Championships
Howard Community College runners Alex Hardman, Xavier Reeves and Tyler Hardman compete in the 400-meter dash. The trio all finished in the top three, with Tyler winning the title. (Photo courtesy of Stephen Musselman)

The Howard Community College track teams competed at the NJCAA DIII Outdoor Track and Field National Championship at Westfield State University in Massachusetts last weekend, with the men placing fourth (74.5 points) and the women sixth (49.5).

The men ended up as the top team coming out of Region XX. Overall, the Dragons took 34 student athletes to the national championships, which is the largest combined group in program history.

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Tyler Hardman highlighted the men's individual performers, crossing first in the 400-meter dash (49.481 seconds). In fact, HCC ended up sweeping the top three spots in that event, as Xavier Reeves (49.484) and Alex Hardman (49.67) were following close behind in second and third.

Other top four finishers for the Dragons' men included the 4x400 relay squad (2. 3:19), the 4x800 relay squad (3. 8:21), Brady Dumonchelle (3k steeple, 3. 10:51), Garrett Birsa (10k, 4. 36:23), Corey Young (1,500, 4. 4:12), Donte Mitchell (110 hurdles, 4. 15.78) and the 4x100 relay team (4. 43.22).

On the girls side, Maggie Niland became the first distance winner for the program in the 10k and earned All-American status for her efforts. She also added a second-place finish in the 5k with a time of 20:00.

Other top-five finishers included Glory Ebinama (100 meters, 2. 12.71; 200, 5. 25.82), Amani Jones (800, 3. 2:23) and Kaitlyn Wojtanowski (high jump, 5. 4-11).

Next year, in May 2017, Howard Community College will host nationals.

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