LOCH SHELDRAKE This past weekend, the Sullivan County Community College (SCCC) Lady Generals track and field team competed in the 2011 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Northeast District Championship in Columbia, Md. pitting the top women’s track and field programs in the Northeast against each other for the opportunity to advance to the 2011 NJCAA National Championship Track and Field Meet beginning on Thursday, May 5 in the Buffalo area.
With just five team members competing at this prestigious event, the Lady Generals finished in an amazing sixth place overall (58 points) out of 14 teams.
Most of the competing teams had well over 15 members each.
Leading the way for the Generals was freshman Tehnyat Khan, who was the champion in a staggering three events. She won the hammer throw, discus and shot put events. She additionally finished seventh overall in the javelin.
Sophomore two-sport star Nyoki Tate, who is also a member of the Lady Generals basketball team, placed third in the long jump and fifth in the triple jump. Freshman Danielle Darby finished in fourth place in the shot put and seventh in the discus.
Freshman two-sport star Erin Lane, who is also a member of the Lady Generals basketball team, finished fourth in the 100 meter hurdles, ninth in the long jump, 10th in the 100 meter run and the 400 meter hurdles. Freshman two-sport star Alyssa Corbett, who is also a member of the Lady Generals basketball team, finished ninth in the Shot Put and 10th in the Javelin.
“Incredibly, each member of our women’s team had at least two top 10 finishes in their events,” SCCC Athletic Director Chris DePew said. “That is an amazing accomplishment.”
“Additionally, our men’s track team also had some outstanding performances this past weekend,” DePew added.
Those performances included freshman Matt Fortin finishing eighth in the 3000 meter steeplechase, ninth in the 10,000 meter run and 13th in the 5000 meter run.
Freshman Matt Gill finished 11th in the 1500 meter run, 12th in the 5000 meter run and 19th in the 800 meter run.
Terelle Vaughn finished 20th in the 200 meter run and 24th in the 100 meter run and Beakale Hailu finished 25th in the 200 meter run and 26th in the 100 meter run.
“On behalf of the Athletic Department, I want to extend my sincere congratulations to all of our athletes for a great performance and wish all those that qualified tremendous luck in this week’s NJCAA National Championship meet,” DePew said.