The local track team, without a track, just won a National Championship! The Gloucester County College Lady Roadrunners won their first National Championship in track and field this past weekend. It is the first title for the college in track and field, and follows up on an amazing Fall where the women were also National Champions in cross country. This is the third National Championship for the program under the direction of coach Ryan Hughes (XC 2006, XC 2012, T&F 2013) and the first for long time assistant coach extraordinaire Joe Kalnas.
The women outscored defending champions Mohawk Valley Community College for the title 136.5 to 104. Prince George's Community College placed 3rd with 96 points. The team was bolstered by two individual National Championship performances from Catherine Dougherty in the 1500m run and from Shaneen Datts in the heptathlon. These National Championship performances also earned Catherine and Shaneen All-American honors. The Roadrunners had five 2nd place performances which also earned All-American honors. These five additional All-Americans were Paige Furlow in the 200m, Nieemah Powers in the 3000m steeplechase, Liz Faulkner in the discus, Ta'Shay March in the long jump, and Shaneen Datts again in the 100m hurdles. Third place finishes were just as impressive, just missing All-American, although greatly helping the team score. Some big third place finishes were turned in by Lyndsey Fraser in the 10,000m; Aimee Abbott in the 3000m steeplechase; Chanel Wall in the high jump; the 4x100m relay team of Ta'Shay March, Paige Furlow, Chanel Wall and Shaneen Datts; and the 4x800m relay team of Catherine Dougherty, Sarah Jahanbakhsh, Aimee Abbott and Nieemah Powers who also shattered the school record in the event.
The men's team finished 4th in the nation behind winner Howard CC. This improves on last season's 5th place finish, but was also hampered by some late season injuries. The men had two individual National Champions with Tom Jeffers winning the pole vault and Pat McCurry winning the 3000m steeplechase. These two were named All-Americans for their effort, and Pat McCurry also earned All-American honors for a second place finish in the 1500m. The men had some impressive 3rd place finishes as well, just missing All-American and scoring big points were Korey Jeffries in the 10,000m; Greg Kalnas in the discus and Kyle Kirschner in the javelin.