Roundup: Kibet sets Blue Dragon Record

Photo by Nathan Addis/HutchCC Sports Information: HutchCC’s Andrew Kibet runs during a meet at Wichita State

By Adam Kolb / Co-Sports Editor

For the second consecutive week, Hutchinson Community College sophomore Andrew Kibet set a Blue Dragon men’s track and field indoor record.

Kibet, a sophomore from Eldoret, Kenya, broke the Blue Dragon indoor 800-meter record Friday at the Jayhawk Invitational and the University of Kansas’ Anschutz Pavilion. One week ago, Kibet broke the Blue Dragon 600-meter record at the Shocker Prelude in Wichita.

Kibet has the No. 1 time in the nation of 1:52:32. Sophomore Brett Hillabrand finished second in the 1,000-meter afternoon session with a time of 2:36:22. His adjusted time of 2:34:10 makes him Hutchinson’s fifth men’s NJCAA qualifier.

The Blue Dragons will next compete Saturday at the Gorilla Invitational in Pittsburg.

Women’s basketball – The No. 10 ranked women’s basketball team surrendered 10 points to the Colby Trojans in the first 4 minutes, 41 seconds of Sunday’s Jayhawk West game at the Colby Community Building. Over the final 35:19, Hutchinson gave up just 26 more points to the Trojans. Hutchinson held Colby to less than 20 percent shooting and shot its second-highest percentage of the season in a 77-36 victory over the Trojans.

The Blue Dragons had a 36-33 rebounding advantage despite giving up 16 offensive rebounds. Sophomore Sasha Francis had a team-high eight rebounds, and freshman Tor’e Alford had five assists, while Abby Ogle picked up five steals. Ogle has also been named the Jayhawk Conference women’s Division I player of the week for the second time this season. She’s averaging 16.3 points per game, which is good for second in scoring in the Jayhawk conference, and is fourth in NJCAA in steals at 4.1 steals per game. She has scored in double figures in 12 straight games for the No. 8 Blue Dragon women.

The Blue Dragons won their fifth game in a row and their 50th all-time win against Colby in 64 total games played.

The Blue Dragons improve to 19-2 overall and 11-1 in the Jayhawk West, remaining one game behind Seward county for first place in the league. Hutchinson plays host to Barton on Wednesday before traveling to Seward County on Saturday.

Men’s Basketball – For the second time in the last three games, the men’s basketball team saw an opponent rally late and grab a win away from Hutchinson.

Colby closed on a 10-2 run over the final two-plus minutes and picked up its first win over Hutchinson since 2012, rallying for an 83-79 win at the Colby Community Building.

Tyler Brown led the Blue Dragons with 19 points, going 6 of 9 from the field with a pair of 3-pointers. Sophomore Saquan Singleton finished with 17 points, six rebounds, and six steals. Josh Baker had 13 points, while Matt Mayers had a career-high 11 points.

The Blue Dragons are now 1-3 in games decided by five points or less. The team is now 16-5 overall and 7-5 in the Jayhawk West with games against Barton at home on Wednesday and at Seward County on Saturday.

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