Fresh off victories in the Region XIX title competition, both the Essex County College men’s and women’s track teams are poised for the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Outdoor Track & Field Championships May 15-17 in Mesa, Arizona.
Sophomore Andre Colebrook will be seeking his second 800 meter run national title in less than three months after capturing the NJCAA indoor title in March. Meanwhile, fellow sophomore Shawn Rowe is poised to improve on last May’s performance in the 400 meter hurdles when he came in second as a freshman. Amenze Uhunmwanghu will look to move up in the women’s triple jump standings after she came in third last year. She is also competing in the long jump.
Overall, Coach Michael Smart’s teams have a mix of veterans and first year runners in a number of events.
Also on the men’s side, sophomore O’Jay Ferguson will compete in the 400 meters. He has signed a Letter of Intent to attend Texas A&M University this fall. Freshman Jonathan Greenwood will join Andre in the 800 meters.
For the Lady Wolverines, sophomore Fawzia Kheir will run in the 800 meters. Sophomore Nickheila John is scheduled to compete in the 200 meters, 400 meters and the 4×100 meter relay. She will be joined in the relay by freshmen Alexis Smith (who is also running the 100 meter hurdles), Kadeisha Hield (also competing in the long jump), and Ranee Ricketts (also running the 100 meters and 200 meters). Fellow freshmen Jennaya Hield and Taska Johnson are running the 1500 meters and 800 meters, respectively.
ECC won the Region XIX Outdoor Track & Field Championships May 2-3 in Newark. Smart, who is president of the NJCAA Track & Field Coaches Association, was named Region XIX Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Coach of the Year. He was previously named Indoor Women’s National Coach of the Year, and Region XIX Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year.