The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Indoor Track & Field championships on March 7-8 gave ECC a chance to shine and they certainly did.
The Lady Wolverines finished the two-day meet at the 168th Street Armory in New York with 62 points and a third place (out of 29 schools) finish. The men compiled 29 points, good for 10t place, out of 29 teams. Both are coached by Michael Smart, who was named Indoor Women’s Coach of the Year.
Sophomore Andre Colebrook won the men’s 800 meter run and the women won the Distance Medley (Taska Johnson, Kadeisha Hield, Fawzia Kheir and Jennaya Hield). That quartet also finished second in the 4×800 meter relay.
All five earned All American honors as did O’Jay Ferguson for his scond place finish in the 400 meters. Nickheila John came in third in the women’s 400 meter run.
The full results of the meet are available at http://monroecollegemustangs.com/news/2014/3/4/TRACK_0304143253.aspx?path=track
For the first time in school history, both the men’s and women’s basketball teams will compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II championships in the same year. Both opening games will be March 18.
Coach Corey Lowery’s 25-5 Wolverines, Region XIX champions, received the sixth seed out of a 16 team field and will tip off 4 p.m. (EDT) against Dean College. A live video feed is at http://bit.ly/1hcF162. The men’s tournament is in Danville, Illinois.
The Lady Wolverines, also Region XIX champs, reached the national round following a win March 8 over Dean College in District O. Robyn Burton’s 22-11 team will open against Highland (Kansas) Community College at 7 p.m. (EDT). That game can be viewed at http://bit.ly/1ffzNXS. The women’s tournament is being held in Overland Park, Kansas.
The finals of the Indoor Track & Field Championships got off to a rousing start Saturday (March 8) with the induction of two former ECC track standouts into the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Hall of Fame. Alleyne Francique (Class of 2000) and Melaine Walker (Class of 2004) are the first ECC student-athletes to ever be inducted into any NJCAA Hall of Fame, said Coach Michael Smart.
ECC President Gale E. Gibson presented the pair with their Hall of Fame plaques prior to the second day of competition at the nationals held at the 168th Street Armory in New York.
“This is a great milestone for the College, and especially for Melaine and Alleyne,” said Coach Smart.
While at ECC, Alleyne won national titles in the 400 and 600 meter runs and as a member of the 4×400 relay team. He transferred to Louisiana State before competing for Grenada in the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. He is currently an assistant track coach at Texas A&M University.