The Essex County College Women’s Track & Field team finished eighth at the national championships held May 15-17. Sophomore Nickheila John and freshman Ranee Ricketts earned All American status, Nickheila finished third in the 400 meter dash and Ranee third in the 100 meters.
The National Junior College Athletic Association Outdoor Track & Field Championship was held in Mesa, Arizona.
The women accumulated 34 points, with 27 teams scoring.
Ranee also came in fourth in the 200 meters; Fawzia Kheir finished fifth in the 800 meters, while teammate Taska Johnson came in seventh in the same race. Alexis Smith had a sixth place finish in the 100 meter hurdles, while Nickheila was seventh in the 200 meters.
On the men’s side, sophomore Andre Colebrook came in sixth in the 800 meters.
Both teams are coached by Michael Smart.
The national meet concludes the outdoor season, one which saw both the men’s and women’s teams win the Region XIX title.
Members of Essex County College’s Track and Field team – Hadori Brodrick, Kirk Lewis, Delano Davies and Darryl Simpson – along with Dr. Gale E. Gibson yesterday attended a film screening of a new documentary “The Renaissance Period of the African American in Sports.” The 22 minute documentary takes a look at the African American Athlete during the 20th Century and the impact they made on America and the world.
The film was followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Lori Stokes, co-anchor of Eyewitness News This Morning and Eyewitness News, was screened at The Walter Reed Theater at Lincoln Center, in New York City, where Dr. Gibson was introduced as “The President of the only 2 year institution in New Jersey to produce Olympic athletes in the last two Olympics.”
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.