Lost 2009 ACCC track results show up
Red Devils post top conference, national meet performances

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Did you wonder what happened at the end of spring to the Allen County Community College track athletes? Unfortunately, when it came down to the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) Championships and the NJCAA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships in May, results were not reported to the Register.
The Register did go hunting on the Web sites of the KJCCC and NJCAA to find results. Then the results got buried in paperwork to resurface this week. So before the 2009-2010 ACCC academic and athletic year begins, here’s the finish to the 2008-2009 ACCC outdoor track season.
At the KJCCC Championships, May 7-9 in Arkansas City, the conference has its overall conference champion in each event plus crowns a Jayhawk East and West champions in each event. Sometimes those are one and the same.
That is the case in the women’s high jump as Allen County’s Postenea Louisjuene captured the KJCCC title by clearing the bar at 5 feet, 5 inches. Louisjuene, a freshman, is also the Jayhawk East high jump champion.
Allen County had four more Jayhawk Eastern Division event champions. Freshman Keythra Richards claimed second in the conference in the triple jump. Her leap of 37 feet, 2 1⁄4 inches was the top jump by a Jayhawk East competitor giving her the division title.
Richards also nabbed the Jayhawk East championship in the long jump. She finished third overall in the conference with a leap of 18’7 3⁄4”.
Also for the ACCC women, sophomore Maresa Cuevas was the top Jayhawk East runner in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 12 minutes, 20.39 seconds. Her national meet qualifying time was third overall in the conference. ACCC teammate and sophomore Kelsey Wilson placed 10th overall and fifth in the East in the race in 14:29.31.
Sophomore Jonathan Juin is the Jayhawk East men’s 200-meter dash champion. Juin qualified for the national track meet with a time of 20.82 seconds which put him second in the Jayhawk Conference. Teammate Isiah Young, a freshman, finished seventh in the conference and fourth in the East in 21.50 seconds.
Back to the ACCC women at the conference meet hosted by Cowley County, Cuevas was 14th overall and eighth in the East in the 800-meter run. The Allen County women’s 4x400-meter relay team finished sixth in the conference and third in the East in 4:11.46.
Freshman Angela Larrier ended up fourth in the conference and second in the East in the 100-meter dash in 12.12 seconds. She ran the 200-meter dash in 25.21 seconds to placed fifth overall and second in the East.
Also competing in the Jayhawk Conference meet for the Red Devil women, freshmen Paris Fowler and Sumayyah Muhammad went 21st and 22nd in the shot put event. Fowler had a toss of 29’1” and Muhammad’s throw measured 28’7 3⁄4”.
On a local note in the Jayhawk Conference women’s throwing events, Iolan Jackie Rogers finished second overall in the hammer throw and claimed the Jayhawk Western Division title. Her throw was 147’1”, which qualified her for the national meet.
Rogers, who was a sophomore at Cloud County Community College in Concordia, finished eighth overall and fourth in the West in the shot put at 38’6 1⁄4”. She was 10th overall and eighth in the West in the discus at 105’11”.
For the Red Devil men, Juin ran third overall in the 100-meter dash in 10.51 seconds, which was second in the Jayhawk East. Young finished fourth overall and third in the East in the 100 in 10.54 seconds while sophomore Selwyn Tatum was sixth overall and fourth in the East at 10.76.
Casey Canada, a sophomore, was sixth overall in the 110-meter high hurdles in 15.20 seconds, which was second in the East. He placed 10th overall and third in the East in the 400-meter hurdles in 57.46 seconds.
Freshman DeAndre Simmons placed 10th overall and fifth in the East in the 400-meter dash in 50.05 seconds. Freshman Antonio Burnett was 22nd in the 800-meter run in 2:04.43.
Allen County’s Nicholas Moore finished 14th overall and sixth in the East in the javelin with a throw of 152’7”. William Brown placed 15th overall and seventh in the East in the shot put at 33’8 1⁄2”.
On a local note in the men’s competition, Iolan Stephen Neuenswander competed in the long jump. Neuenswander was a freshman at Johnson County Community College and placed 17th in the event with a leap of 19’7 1⁄2”

NJCAA Nationals
The NJCAA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships were May 21-23 at Hutchinson Community College.
Allen County’s top performance overall was in the men’s 400-meter hurdles. Freshman Carlyle Thompson claimed the silver medal, running the race in the second-fastest time in the nation at 50.36 seconds. Bryce Brown of South Plains won the race in 49.81 seconds.
Thompson earned NJCAA second-team All-America honors in the 400 hurdles.
The ACCC men’s 4x100-meter relay team of Tatum, Juin, Young and D. Simmons posted a sixth-place finish in the finals, 40.96 seconds, earning medals. The 4x400-meter relay team of Juin, D. Simmons, Thompson and freshman Jean Frenot had the 18th-fastest time (3:30.59) in the preliminaries, but didn’t make the finals.
Young made it to the finals of the 100-meter dash with a 10.44-second race in the preliminaries. Young placed eighth in the 100-meter final in 10.56 seconds. Juin and Tatum ran 10.50 and 10.71, respectively, in the 100 preliminaries.
Young and D. Simmons competed in the 200-meter dash event but did not make the finals. Freshman Marwin Simmons finished 22nd in the men’s long jump with a leap of 18’5 1⁄4”.
The ACCC women were led by Louisjuene’s third-place finish in the high jump. Louisjuene cleared the high jump bar at 5’7”, which was the same height as second place but she had more misses during the competition. She received a medal and NJCAA All-America honorable mention in the event.
Richards earned the fifth-place medal in the long jump at 19’8 3⁄4” and Louisjuene was 12th at 17’6 1⁄4”. Richards tied for ninth in the triple jump at 38’7”.
Cuevas ran 18th in the 3,000-meter steeple chase in 13:00.4.
Cloud County’s Jackie Rogers was 10th in the hammer throw at 148’7” and 17th in the shot put at 37’3 3⁄4”.