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Hinds CC Track and Field claims one national champion, three national runner-ups at NJCAA Outdoor

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Hinds Community College track and field capped of their outdoor season with one national title, three national runner-ups and seven top-ten finishes at the National Junior College Athletic Association Outdoor meet that took place May 19-21. After the 2022 outdoor season, the Hinds women’s team ranks ninth in the nation and the men’s team ranks twelfth.

Sophomore hurdler Jerricka Ambus, of Brandon, claimed her second national title in the women’s 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.25 seconds. Ambus won the women’s 60-meter hurdles national championship at the 2022 NJCAA Indoor Meet in Pittsburg, Kansas earlier this spring,

Along with the national title, Hinds also had three national runner-ups. Breanna Brown-Marshall, of Birmingham, was the national runner-up in the women’s high jump at 1.77 meters. Breanna was the national champion in the women’s high jump at the 2021 NJCAA Outdoor meet. Alfonso Hale, of Fayetteville, Georgia, was also a national runner-up. Hale finished second in the men’s 400-meter hurdles with a time of 52.29 seconds to cap-off his outdoor season. Lastly, Dapriest Hogans, of Opelousas, Louisiana, finished his Hinds career with a national runner-up finish in the men’s 200-meter dash with a time of 20.58 seconds.

The Eagles also had seven top-ten finishes during their time in Hutchinson. All seven competitors were decorated with All-American honors for their performances during the national meet.

Women’s top ten finishes:
– JodyAnn Dixon – 4th in the women’s 400-meter hurdles at 1:01.37
– Kayla Jemison – 6th in the women’s high jump at 1.67 meters
– JodyAnn Dixon, Lazericka Louis, Brooke Gray and Kaylin Robinson – 7th in the women’s 4×400-meter relay at 3:50.67
– Diandrenique Gaines – 8th in the women’s 100-meter dash at 11.72 seconds
– Diandrenique Gaines, Trinity Williams, Jerricka Ambus and Kierston Clark – 8th in the women’s 4×100-meter relay

Men’s top ten finishes:
– Aaron Fortenberry – 4th in the men’s pole vault at 4.56 meters
– De’Aundre Ward – 7th in the men’s long jump at 7.39 meters

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