Howard Community College Athletes Win Competitions at National Championships
Update: The historic season in which the Dragons made their first appearance to the national tournament in program history ended in the NJCAA semi-finals in Rochester, NY, where the #3 ranked Dragons lost to the #2 ranked Lazers.
Columbia, MD – Howard Community College (HCC) athletic teams excelled in a national championship and a regional championship over the past weekend, winning individual titles and breaking school records.
On Saturday, May 7, 2016, student Maggie Niland won the women’s 10,000-meter race at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III National Track and Field Championships, hosted by Holyoke Community College. Her first place win earned her a place on the NJCAA All-American First Team. Niland clocked in a 40.18 – a new school record – and held on to second place in a 5,000-meter race the next day, resulting in a spot as an All-American Second Team student athlete.
Additionally, HCC’s men’s track and field team swept the 400-meter dash, with students Alex Hardman, Tyler Hardman, and Xaiver Reeves taking the top three seeded times. The Hardman twins got out very quickly with Reeves attempting to run them down. With 10 meters to go, all three HCC runners were even. Officials had to view camera recordings to determine who won. In the end, Tyler Hardman took first with 49.481, with Reeves placing second with a time of 49.484. Alex Hardman took a close third with 49.67.On the same day, the HCC women’s lacrosse team defeated Harford Community College’s Fighting Owls 15 to 12 to claim the team’s first-ever Region XX championship. As the regional champions, HCC will represent District B in the nationals, held Saturday, May 14 at Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York. This is the first time in the college’s history the women’s lacrosse team has qualified for nationals.