Sports Information Director
Johnson County Community College
W. Track-JCCC captures first Region VI
OVERLAND PARK, KS – Johnson County Community College sophomore Ashley Reid
technically can lay claim as the Region VI Female Track Athlete of the Year, and
head coach Mike Bloemker the women’s Coach of the Year. While no official
awards exist, Reid has been named the Female Athlete of the Meet at both the
indoor and outdoor championships, and Bloemker has won Coach of the Meet both
At last weekend’s outdoor championships in Hutchinson, Kan., Reid won the high
jump and triple jump, placed runner-up in the long jump and ran a leg on the
4x100 relay that place third. She was the East Jayhawk Conference champion in
all three of her individual events, and set new conference meet records in the
triple jump (38-11.5) and long jump (19-2). In her two seasons, Reid is a
four-time region champion and nine-time conference champion.
Reid’s effort, along with her teammates, helped the Lady Cavaliers win both the
region and conference team championships, completing a region and conference
triple crown for Johnson County. Earlier this season, the Lady Cavaliers won
region and conference titles in cross country and indoor track. This is the
first region triple crown for the program, and fifth conference triple crown,
but the first since 2000.
In all, JCCC won five events, and earned 15 All-Region VI honors.
Thrower Vanessa Levy also had strong performances. She was the region and
conference champion in the discus, and her mark of 149-8 established a new
conference meet record. She also placed second in the region and first in the
conference in the javelin and fourth and first respectively in the shot put.
JCCC also produced region and conference champions in the 800-meters and the
4x800 relay. Justine Podvin was the 800-meter champion with a time of 2:20.93.
Liliana Lira, Michelle Smith, Kayla Peterson and Halie McCombs comprised the
Lira also placed second in the 10,000-meters and Peterson placed second in the
3,000-meter steeplechase with a school record time of 12:13.67. Kylee Eklund won
the conference and place second in the pole vault clearing 11.3.75. She also ran
on the 4x100 relay with Reid.
Other key region performers were: Chelsey Borders in the 100-meter (4th-11.90)
and 4x100 (3rd-47.96); Kristen Daschke in the heptathlon (5th-2,686 points);
Macy Ebert in the high jump (5th-5-3); Monet Jackson in the hammer (4th-149-10);
Maisha Mitchell in the 400-meters (5th-58.16) and 4x100 (3rd-47.96); Jordan
Ross in the high jump (T-3rd-5-3); Cortney Wilkerson in the hammer (3rd-151-10).