Trojan Men's Track Captures First Region VI Indoor Track Title in School History
Coach Ortiz Named Coach of the Year
For the first time in Colby Community College history the men's track & field program won the Region VI and KJCCC Conference-West Indoor Track & Field titles. It marks the second straight region title for the Trojan running programs this year after the men repeated at Cross Country Region VI Champions in the fall.
The men scored 160 points while defending indoor champions Coffeyville came in second place with 117 points.
Colby took control of the men's race late in in the day with stellar performances in the running events. The Trojans scored in nine of the ten running events on the day. The men combined for six runner-up performances, three individual titles and two relay titles.
The Distance Medley Relay of Gabriel Johnson, Jermaine Smith, Blair Warr and Colin Grueber successfully defended its 2013 title with a time of 10:33.06 while the 4 x 400 meter relay of Dontrell Lyons, Fabian Hayles, Ashley Riley, and Keenan Williams ended the meet in stylish fashion, winning the event in a new school record time of 3:15.44.
Dontrell Lyons was the individual region champion in the 400 meter dash and Gennard Paul won the men’s long jump. Ashley Riley won the 600 meter run and posted a time of 1:18.71 which is currently the top-ranked time in junior college.
Raheem Brown (60m dash), Fabian Hayles (600m), Michael Kinuthia (800m & 1000m run) and Chris Speaks (3000m run) added region runner-up performance for the Trojans in their respective events.
“When I recruited these young men, I didn’t sell them a dream, I offered them a challenge. The student-athletes we have are the ones who accepted the challenge and are succeeding,” said Head Coach James Ortiz. “This group was hungry for a championship and did a great job backing up each other throughout the competition to win this title.”
Head Coach James Ortiz was voted Region VI Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year by his coaching peers for the third time in the past four seasons.
“This Coach of the Year award is more than me. My assistant coach Bernard Newbold did a great job preparing his sprint squad and our athletic trainer Kipp Nelson does a great job keep these young men healthy,“ stated Ortiz “This championship signifies a great collective effort by this program, the college and the community and we should all be proud.”
The Trojans return to competition on March 7-8 at the NJCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Armory, N.Y. The Trojans are hoping to improve on their 10th place finish from last year’s NJCAA Championships.
2014 CCC Men’s Indoor Track Team –Region VI Indoor Champs