Track & Field Student-Athletes in Action

Essex County College was well represented in two prestigious Track & Field meets this Spring, the Penn Relays and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Outdoor National Track & Field Championships. The Men’s and Women’s teams are coached by Lionel Leach.

At the Penn Relays, held in Philadelphia April 28-30, the Women’s 4×400 Relay Team captured the College Eastern title with a time of 3:52.15. Members of the victorious team were Megan Thompson, Delverna Broomfield, Thomyka Valcent, and Jelese Alexander.

The Men’s 4×100 Relay team, with Dwight Henry, Carl Drakes, Daniel Cunningham, and Rashaun Stewart, finished 4th in the Men’s 4×100 College Eastern race.  The Men’s Sprint Relay posted the 4th best time at the meet. This race was run by Carl Drakes, Dwight Henry, Daniel Cunningham, and Khabeeba Mills.

The Women’s 4×100 Relay team of Elaine Robinson, Yanique White, Megan Thompson, and Jelese Alexander finished 7th.High Jumper James Bell came in 10th overall in his event.

“I am extremely proud of the performances by our talented student-athletes at such a prestigious event. Their hard work throughout the year has shown. Our student-athletes shining on one of tracks biggest stages, in front of huge crowd and national audience, is excellent exposure for our students and Essex County College” said ECC Athletic Director Michael Doughtie.  

At the 2022 NJCAA National Championships, held May 20-21 in Hutchinson, Kansas, Jelese Alexander placed 4th in the Women’s’ Heptathlon.  Dwight Henry came in 6th in the Men’s 100 Meter Hurdles.  The Women’s 4×800 Meter Relay, run by Megan Thompson, Thomyka Valcent, Delverna Broomfield, and Zoey-Ann Wint finished 7th. James Bell tied for 7th in the High Jump.