The NJCAA Region 19 Track & Field Championships will be contested this weekend in Newark, NJ hosted by Essex CC. The competition will bring together the best track and field athletes in the region in both Division I and Division III.
NEWARK, NJ - Andre Colebrook had a busy summer before returning to Essex CC for his sophomore year this month. After a strenuous training regimen, he competed in the Pan American Junior Championships in his signature event, the 800 meter run, and won the bronze medal for his third place finish.
"My goals for this meet were to get to the finals and win a medal, so I accomplished what I set out to do," said the Liberal Arts major who came to ECC by way of Eleuthera in the Bahamas. The Pan American games were held August 23-25 in Medellin, Colombia. He will turn 20 next March, so this was the last junior championships in which he could compete where there is an age limit of 19.
Andre's time in the finals was 1:51.47, a little under his best time of 1:50.80 in the event. Overall, Andre said he was satisfied with the results.
He spent the summer back home training for the event by running on grass. "It's a bit harder to run on, because the surface is softer." It paid off as evident by his winning the medal.
With the new school year starting, Andre has a busy schedule, starting first with his classwork. He is interested in going into the graphics field. He also wants to break the 1:50 time in the 800 meters, while also lowering his times in the 400 and 1500 meter runs. This fall he will also run cross country for the Wolverines, coached by Michael Smart.
Andre is already looking to schools to where he can transfer after graduating from ECC, with the University of Oregon at the top of his list.
COLUMBIA, MD - Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology's Track and Field team excelled at the National Junior College Athletic Associations National Track and Field Meet held at Howard County Community College in Columbia, MD.
Joel Leicy (Bird-in-Hand, PA) took the gold in the javelin with a distance of 52.77m and Michael LoPresti (Dover, PA) took the silver also in the javelin with a distance of 52.67m. Jamel Fortson (Mt. Union, PA) also took the silver in the discus with a distance of 43.19 m. Each of these men also attained All-American status with there finishing place.
Kelsey Haldeman (Pine Grove, PA) took 6th place overall in hammer with a distance of 32.63m.
Connor Whitman (Minersville, PA) took 5th overall in the Decathalon.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) is the governing body of two-year college athletics, offering endless athletic and academic opportunities to college students. It is the second largest national intercollegiate athletic organization in the United States with over 500 member schools in 43 states. Each year over 50,000 student-athletes compete in one of 28 different sports and the organization sponsors 48 national championship events and nine football bowl games each year. For more visit www.njcaa.org. .
Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is a premier residential, two-year, fully accredited technical college that provides a free education to financially disadvantaged citizens of Pennsylvania as well as serving tuition paying students. Stevens has expanded from its original student body of 15 to over 875 students who are enrolled in 20 high-skill, high-wage technical programs. At 96%, Stevens has one of the highest placement rates in the United States. Over 90% of the College's graduates have remained in the Commonwealth since its founding in 1905. Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is Pennsylvania's only state-owned, two-year college of technology.
In 2011 and 2012, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology was recognized by the Aspen Institute, an independent research panel, as one of the top 120 two-year colleges in the country. Thaddeus Stevens College was the only college in Pennsylvania recognized by the Aspen Institute.
LOCK HAVEN, PA - The Thaddeus Stevens College Track & Field Team concluded the 2013 Invitational Competition Schedule at the Lock Haven University Qualifier.
Travis Hughes had a personal best in the Hammer throw of 38.03m and Kyle Sipe also had a personal best in the 800m with 2:04.78fat. Both Travis and Kyle have now met NJCAAIII Qualifying Standards for these events. Travis and Kyle complete the team of Joel Leicy, Conner Whitman, Alberto Santos, Michael LoPresti, and Kelsey Haldeman representing the College at the NJCAA III National Championships on May 9 through May 11.
Other noted Performances included:
Liz Hornberger - 800m - 2:46.81fat
Joel Liecy - Javelin - 50.13m - 5th