College Cross Country Teams Capture Region 19 Crowns

Men’s team, from left: Davian Gray, Khabeeba Mills, Daniel McDonald-Hylton, Assistant Coach Eddie Green, Mohamed Soumare, Daniel Cunningham

Women’s team from left: Head Coach Lionel Leach, Zoey-Ann Wint, Megan Thompson, Assistant Coach Eddie Green, Khadija Lynch, Delverna Broomfield, Kayla Charles

Paced by a pair of outstanding sophomores, Essex County College’s Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams are Region 19 champions. The Wolverine harriers captured the titles on October 30, 2021 in Newark, Delaware.

Sophomore Davian Gray traversed the 5 mile course in 27:50, a full three minutes faster than his nearest competitor. Sophomore Megan Thompson completed her 3.2 mile run in 21:28 in winning the women’s title.

Other ECC finishers for the men were Khabeeba Mills (2nd), Daniel McDonald-Hylton (4th), Mohammed Soumare (5th) and Daniel Cunningham (7th). On the women’s side it was Zoey-Ann Wint (2nd), Khadija Lynch (3rd) Delverna Broomfield (5th) and Kayla Charles (6th).

The Women’s team is ranked 24th in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), its highest ranking ever. The College competes athletically in Region 19 of the NJCAA.

“I am so proud of these young men and women. After a 5-year drought, it feels good to bring the regional championship back home. They are peaking at just the right time for Nationals,” said Coach Lionel Leach. He is assisted by Eddie Greene.

“I’m extremely proud of the perseverance of our student-athletes, especially with all the Covid related challenges they have had to face, to reach such a high standard of excellence. I especially want to salute our sophomores who have continued to push themselves in order to succeed at this level,” said ECC Athletic Director Michael Doughtie.

 “Once again, our student-athletes and coaches have done our College proud. Congratulations to all on a job well done,” said Dr. Augustine A. Boakye, ECC President.

“This is fantastic! Congratulations to our Cross Country teams and coaches for an outstanding performance,” said Dean of Student Affairs Dr. Keith Kirkland.

The College will be sending a contingent to the NJCAA championships on November 13 in Richmond, Virginia. Athletic Director Doughtie said all five women runners will compete. On the men’s side, Davian Gray, Daniel McDonald Hymon and Khabeeba Mills are representing the College at Nationals.