ECC Alumnus Wins Bronze Medal at Pan American Games

Navasky Anderson running for Essex County College

Essex County College alumnus Navasky Anderson, Class of 2020, won the Bronze Medal in the 800 Meters at the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile, on Saturday, November 11. Representing Jamaica, Navasky ran a 1:46.40 in the race, finishing less than a second behind the winner who had a time of 1:45.69. The second place runner had a time of 1:46.04.    

Navasky holds the Jamaican national record in the 800 Meters when he ran a 1:44.70 at the Washington, D.C. Track Championships this past July 30. That time gave him the qualifying standard to represent Jamaica in the 2023 World Championships and the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. He will join a long list of ECC student-athlete alumni who have competed in the Summer Olympics.

He earned National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-American honors at ECC. Navasky then transferred to Mississippi State University where he attained First Team All-Southeastern Conference honors in the 800 Meters. 

ECC Head Track & Field Coach Lionel Leach recalled Navasky when he was a freshman. “We put together a plan of action, and wow, look at him now. I remember when he placed second at the NJCAA indoor championships, and I told him this was only the beginning of a great career in this sport.”