Track Teams Continue Success at Monmouth University Invitational

Megan Thompson

Daniel Cunningham

Essex County College’s Men’s and Women’s Track & Field teams continued its successful 2022 indoor campaign with five first place finishes at the Monmouth Winter Collegiate Invitational held on Saturday, February 12.

The Wolverines, coached by Lionel Leach, competed against a number of four-year institutions, including host Monmouth University, St. Peter’s University and Lafayette College. ECC is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

On the men’s side, Dwight Henry led the way with wins in the 60 meter dash and 60 meter hurdles. James Bell won the high jump, and Daniel Cunningham the 500 meter run. The Women’s 4×400 meter relay team of Delverna Broomfield, Megan Thompson, Zoey-Ann Wint, and Thomyka Valcent won their event.

Other high finishers for the men included Carl Drakes, 2nd in the 60 meters and 3rd 200 meters; Khabeeba Mills, 2nd in the 800 meters; Mohamed Soumare, 2nd in the 500 meters, and Rashaun Stewart, 2nd in the 200 meters.

For the women, Jelese Alexander finished 3rd in the high jump, and Delverna Broomfield, 4th in the 500 meters.   

“This team has really developed into one of the top tier programs in the region as well as the country. The results at Monmouth University show that our small community college can compete with four-year institutions, and it helps us as we prepare for Nationals (NJCAA Indoor Championships) the first week of March,” said Coach Leach.

Both the Men’s and Women’s teams are ranked Number 1 in the Atlantic Region for two-year colleges by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.