Two golds and three silvers for the women, and a surprising fourth-place finish for the men’s relay team highlighted Union County College’s first-ever appearance in a national track-and-field championship for community colleges.
During the weekend of May 10, Union’s Katie Lennon (New Providence) won gold in the 10,000 and 5,000 meter women’s races. Her teammate Petra Semelova (Maplewood) came in second in both events to earn silver medals. The national championship took place at Howard Community College in Columbia, MD.
Lennon’s time in the 10,000-meter race was 42:09.18. She won the 5,000-meter championship at a blistering pace of 19:04.16. Lennon also earned a silver medal in the 1500 meter run with a time of 5:07.43.
Lennon’s two first-place and one second-place earned her the Female Track Athlete MVP Award. Semelova was named a National Runner Up for her two silver medals.
The Owls men's team also qualified for the finals of the 4-by-100 relays and the 4-by-400 relays. The 4 x 100 Men’s Relay team took fourth place in the competition. The Men’s team is runners Immanuel Edobi of Union; Casleny Augustin of Rahway; Isaac Kalema formerly of New Fairfield, CT; and Ed Kosso of Plainfield. Their time was 43.77. The team was named All-Americans for the competition.
This is Union’s inaugural season in track and field. Lennon’s victories are the first track national championship in Union County College’s 79-year history. The National Junior College Athletic Association (Division III) includes 98 community colleges across 14 states and 24 regions.