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Cloud County Women's Track Duo Honored with Athlete of the Week Awards

Cloud County Track & Field
Cloud County Track & Field

Cloud County Community College Women's Track and Field student-athletes N Vanee Anchike and Jasmine Sakaguchi have each earned "Athlete of the Week" honors for their performances this past weekend across two meets that the T-Bird women's track and field team competed in.

Anchike has been named United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association NJCAA Indoor Track Athlete of the Week while Sakaguchi was named the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Indoor Track and Field Women's Field Athlete of the Week.

Anchike made the all-time NJCAA list twice at Nebraska's Frank Sevigne Invitational which included a school-record performance in the mile run with a time of 4:58.04.  First came the 5000 meters on Friday, when Anchike finished fourth as the leading JUCO athlete with a time of 17:42.37, placing her number 18 all-time.  On Saturday Anchike won her section of the mile, with her time ranking number 11 all-time in NJCAA history.

Both times for Anchike are currently the second-best in the NJCAA in their respective events, adding to her list-leading 2:57.73 in the 1,000 from last week.

This is the seventh time that a female athlete from Cloud County has been named USTFCCA NJCAA National Athlete of the Week during the indoor season.  Anchike joins Miracle Thompson (twice in 2023), Mercy Ntia-Obong (twice in 2021), Gabbreil Harris (2018), and Nayoka Clunis (2017) in that regard.

Sakaguchi competed in the 2024 Washburn University Open and took first place in the pole vault by clearing 3.60 meters (11 ft. - 9.75 in.).  The mark is an indoor personal record for Sakaguchi and is the second-best mark in the NJCAA this season as the Tottori, Japan native becomes the third Cloud County women's track and field athlete to earn KJCCC Athlete of the Week honors this season.