It was a stellar weekend for Union County College’s Track and Field team as they earned three gold, a silver, and a bronze medal. This is the team’s only second year in existence and the second time they have competed in the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XIX National Championships. The competition was held in Utica, New York, from May 8 to 10, 2014.
Field Team member, freshman Samard Walker, of Jersey City, took the gold in the Men’s Discus. He threw 45.32 meters, beating Mike Washington of Mohawk Valley on his last throw. He also earned a bronze medal in the Shot Put.
For the Women’s team, Lady Owl Tamoya Brown, of Elizabeth, jumped her way to earn a gold medal in the Women’s Long Jump. She beat Tshani Mitchell of Queensborough County College by flying for 5.24 meters. Brown went on to compete in the 400 Hurdle, earning another gold medal with her time of 1:06.35. She made Union proud when she also earned a silver medal in the 100 Hurdle.
The Owls Men's team also qualified for the finals of the 4x100 relays and the 4x400 relays. The 4x100 Men’s Relay team took fifth place in the competition. The Men’s team is comprised of runners Immanuel Edobi of Union; Savonn Maye of Springfield; Isaac Kalema of Elizabeth; and Ed Kosso of Plainfield. Their time was 43.43. The Men’s 4x400 team took fourth place in the competition. This team includes runners Immanuel Edobi of Union; Savonn Maye of Springfield; Isaac Kalema and Roosevelt Twyne of Elizabeth; Marc Desir of Irvington; and Ed Kosso of Plainfield.
This is Union’s second season in track and field and the second national championship for the College’s in its 80-year history. The National Junior College Athletic Association (Division III) includes 98 community colleges across 14 states and 24 regions.