Men's Outdoor Track & Field Headlines
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Men's Outdoor Track & Field - Thu, Jan. 9, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS, Co. - Two former ECC track standouts have been selected for induction into the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Track & Field Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Alleyne Francique (Class of 2000) and Melaine Walker (Class of 2004) will be the first ECC student-athletes to ever be inducted into any NJCAA Hall of Fame, said their Wolverine coach Michael Smart.  

Smart, who is serving a two-year term as president of the NJCAA Track & Field Coaches Association, said the induction ceremony is scheduled for March 8 in New York, during the association's Indoor Track & Field national championship. "This is a great milestone for the College, and especially for Melaine and Alleyne," he added.

 

While at ECC, Alleyne won national titles in the 400 and 600 meter runs and as a member of the 4×400 relay team. After graduating from Essex, he attended Louisiana State University where he won the National Collegiate Athletic Association title in the 400 meters. Alleyne competed for Grenada in the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. He served as flag bearer for Grenada in the 2004 Olympiad. He is currently an assistant track coach at Texas A&M University.

 

Melaine's ECC career featured winning six national titles and earning 10 NJCAA All-American honors. She then transferred to the University of Texas where she was a six time Big 12 Conference champion. Running for Jamaica, Melaine competed in the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics. In the 2008 games, she struck Gold by capturing the 400 meter hurdles title in record time. She was recently inducted into the University of Texas Women's Athletic Hall of Fame.

 
 
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Men's Outdoor Track & Field - Tue, Sep. 10, 2013

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.

 
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From L to R: Connor Whitman, Joel Leicy and Michael LoPresti show off their medals.
Men's Outdoor Track & Field - Sat, May. 11, 2013

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.

 
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Men's Outdoor Track & Field - Mon, May. 6, 2013

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

 
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Men's Outdoor Track & Field - Sat, Apr. 20, 2013

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - The Thaddeus Stevens College Track & Field Team participated Saturday in the Gettysburg College Mason Dixon Invitational.

Teams competing included Mary Washington; Gettysburg; Frostburg State; Hagerstown CC; Dickinson; Albright; Hood; Catholic; Stevenson; McDaniel; Thaddeus Stevens; Canisius College; Frostburg State Alumni and Hagerstown Athletic Club.

Two Stevens throwers earned spots at Nationals based on their performances on Saturday. These students were:

  • Jamel Fortson who finished 5th in Discus with a distance of 39.58m.
  • Kelsey Haldeman who finished 7th in Shot Putwith a distance of 9.97m.

Other top performances for Thaddeus Stevens team members included:

  • 3rd - Javelin - 45.29m - Michael LoPresti
  • 9th - Hammer - 35.46m - Travis Hughes


Two team members also had personal best perfomances on Saturday:

  • Discus - 33.06m - Ronald Tucker
  • Liz Hornberger Mile - 6:44.86

The TSCT Track & Field team will next comete at Lock Haven University this Saturday, April 27.

 
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