Cloud County's Miracle Thompson Breaks Own School Record at Rust Buster Classic
Building off last week's momentum in their season-opening meet, the Cloud County Community College women's track and field team would see sophomore Miracle Thompson break her own school record in the 60-meter hurdles and run a national qualifying mark in the 60 meters as part of three new national qualifying marks and five event wins for the T-Birds at the 2023 Washburn University Rust Buster Classic inside the Indoor Athletic Facility in Topeka, Kansas on Saturday, January 21st.
No team scores were kept for the meet, which featured a mix of teams across NCAA Division I, II, III, the NAIA, and NJCAA.
Thompson's school-record time would come in the finals of the 38-runner event as the Abia State, Nigeria native would run the top qualifying time of 8.65 seconds before a time of 8.39 seconds in the finals to win the event and break her old school record by three one-hundredths of a second. Thompson wouldn't be done on the day, however, going on to qualify for the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.68 seconds before going on to finish third in the finals with a national qualifying time of 7.50 seconds to post top-three finishes in each of her two events on Saturday.
Three of Cloud County's remaining four event wins would also come on the track with Vimbayi Maisvorewa winning the 400 meters while also qualifying for the National Championship meet by running a time of 55.62 seconds. Passion Crews would also add an event win in the 600-yard run by posting a time of 1:27.46 before going on to run the second leg in the 4x400 meter relay team (Vanessa Mercera, Crews, Lela Singleton, and Maisvorewa) that would run a time of 3:52.53 to improve upon their time from last week by nearly two seconds. The remaining event win would come in the high jump as Shackala Henry would clear 1.74 meters (5 ft. – 8.5 in.) to edge out Mercera who finished second after clearing 1.71 meters (5 ft. – 7.25 in.) and becoming the second T-Bird to qualify for the National Championship meet in the event.
Mercera would also add a ninth-place finish in the long jump (5.23 meters, 17 ft. – 2 in.) while Jasmine Sakaguchi would take eighth in the pole vault by clearing 3.50 meters (11 ft. – 5.75 in.). Other top-10 marks in field events by CCCC would include Tahisha Thompson taking 10th in the weight throw (14.017 meters, 46 ft. – 2 in.) while Mariem Soltani would place 10th in the high jump (1.50 meters, 4 ft. – 11 in.). Over on the track, two additional top-10 finishes would be had with Singleton taking sixth in the 600-yard run (1:33.48) while Melody Ochana would post a season-best time of 5:25.53 in the mile run to take seventh out of 39 runners who competed in the event.
Cloud County heads south to Wichita, Kansas to participate in the Wichita State University Herm Wilson Invitational. The two-day meet will begin on Friday, January 27th before concluding on Saturday, January 28th.