Duran an All-American

Western Nebraska Community College's Bianca Duran added another honor to her accomplishments after being selected as an NJCAA second team All-American on Thursday.

Duran, the sophomore pitcher from Westminster, Colo., earlier was named Region IX's Player of the Year. Duran also earned NJCAA player of the week honors April 30. She was also the only Region IX athlete to garner All-American status.

Duran, who signed with Division I Louisiana Tech University last month, leaves WNCC with quite a bit of honors in her two years at the college.

Duran finished the season with a .545 record, breaking a 13-year record that was held by Priscila Lopez back in 2001. She also holds the single season doubles record (29), home run record (23), and hits (110). On top of that, she holds the career record for home runs (38).

She also set quite a few records from the circle, including most wins in a season with her 36-3 record as well as best Earned Run Average at 1.11. She also set the career win record with 61 wins in her two seasons at WNCC. She finished her career with a 1.42 ERA and 356 strikeouts.

Duran not only was one of the top players in Region IX, but was among the best in the nation, leading the country in total bases (208) and pitching wins (36).

The right-handed flame throwing pitcher also was among the top five in 10 other categories.

Duran was second in hits (110), doubles (29), batting average (.545), and third in on base percentage (.597) and games started (34). She rounded out her top five feats with a top five ranking in innings pitched (232.2), home runs (23) and runs batted in (85).

The All-American list is led by Division I softball champions Wallace State Community College-Hanceville with two first team selections in BreeAnna Blevins and Katherine Gentle making the list. Salt Lake Community College, who finished second at nationals, had three all-Americans all together in McCauley Flint (First Team), Malia Campos (Second Team), and Madison Woodard (Third Team).

Other First Team selections included Yvette Alvarez, Pima Community College; Mya Anderson, Chipola College; Kristie Belshe, Lake Land College; Karla Claudio-Rivera, Santa Fe College; Maggie Ham and Sydney Stuever, Butler Community College; Jessica Loiacano, Central Arizona College; Emily Sanders, Gulf Coast State College; Shelbi Swenson, Temple College; Lacey Walker, Chattanooga State; and Tyler Wilkinson, College of Southern Idaho.

Joining Duran on the Second Team include Riley Carter, Florida State College at Jacksonville; Cassandra Boggs, Brevard Community College; Morgan Colburn, Odessa College; Emery Fox and Kelsey Watson, Western Oklahoma State; Jena Gonzales and Rebekah Sanchez, Iowa Western Community College; Brandi Heimburg, Yavapai; Kortney Koroll, Weatherford College; Ollivia McLemore, Gulf Coast State; Kylee Studioso, Weatherford College; and Elizabeth Torres, Howard College.

With Duran's selection as an All-American, that makes four WNCC athletes that earned NJCAA All-American status. Earlier in the year, Danika Youngblood and Luiza Martins earned First Team honors for volleyball, while Gritt Ryder earned Second Team honors for women's basketball.

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