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Steinert Reaches Podium on Day One of NJCAA Championships

Blue Dragon sophomore Simon Steinert places eighth in the NJCAA Pole Vault on Thursday at Gowans Stadium. (Bob Hunter/Blue Dragon Sports Information)
By Hutchinson CC Sports Information
Hutchinson Community College sophomore 

Simon Steinert
 entered the 2022 NJCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships ranked ninth in the nation in the men’s pole vault.

He left Gowans Stadium on Thursday evening reaching the podium after placing eighth in the pole vault.

Steinert was the only Blue Dragon to score points on Day 1 of the 2022 Championships. The Dragons had four entries going on Day 1. The Blue Dragons are tied for 22nd after the first of three days of competition.

Steinert cleared 13 feet, 11.75 inches on his first attempt Thursday at the Blue Dragons home stadium, but missed on all three chances at 14 feet, 5.5 inches, which would have been a personal record.

Steinert earned honorable mention All-America honors which makes him the 29th Blue Dragon pole vaulter in team history to earn All-America honors.


Dimetre Browne
 just missed the men’s long jump finals with a 10-place performance on Thursday. Fourth after the first flight, Browne posted a personal record of 23 feet, 9 inches, the seventh best jump by a Blue Dragon at a national championship event in team history.

Browne also ran the leadoff leg of the Blue Dragons’ 4×100-meter relay team that finished 13th in Thursday’s preliminary round. The team of Browne, 

Clyedterrious Thompson

Davion Gardenhire

Donovan Hines
 rank a preliminary time of 40.88 seconds, a season’s best mark.

The only other Blue Dragon to compete on Thursday was hurdler 

Sharim Hamilton
, who finished 19th in the 400-meter hurdle preliminaries with a time of 55.60 seconds.

The Blue Dragons have five entries going at the NJCAA Championships on Friday.

Ranked sixth in the NJCAA coming into the Championships, sophomore 

Antonio Cooper
 will compete in the shot put at 11 a.m. 

Alexander Holt
 runs in the 110-meter hurdle preliminaries at 2:05 p.m. Thompson and Hines run in the 100-meter prelims at 2:50 p.m. and Thompson has his 200-meter preliminary at 4:05 p.m. The day concludes with the 4×400-meter relay preliminaries at 5:15 p.m.

NJCAA Division I Outdoor Championships – Day 2

Friday, May 20, 2021
Gowans Stadium, Hutchinson, KS
Multi-Events – 9 a.m.; Field Events – 11 a.m.; Running Events – 1 p.m.


NJCAA Network (PPV), all day



Day 2 Blue Dragon Schedule
11 a.m. – 

Antonio Cooper
 (Shot put)
2:05 p.m. – 

Alexander Holt
 (110-meter hurdlue Preliminary)
2:50 p.m. – 

Clyedterrious Thompson

Donovan Hines
 (100-meter Preliminary)
4:05 p.m. – 

Clyedterrious Thompson
 (200-meter Preliminary)
5:25 p.m. – 4×400-Meter Relay Preliminary