York Sweeps CUNYAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships
York tallied 194 points, which was easily more than runner-up Hunter College who recorded 141 points. Lehman College placed third with 138 points, followed by Medgar Evers (63 points) and City Tech (2 points).
Senior Alexandra Nkrumah closed out her York career on a high-note earning the championships’ Most Valuable Performer award for the fourth consecutive year. Nkrumah, along with senior Taneisha Renaud will close out their York careers with a CUNYAC outdoor title for each year.
Nkrumah competed in eight events, and took first six times (400m, 100m hurdles, high jump, long jump, triple jump, 4 x 400 relay) and finished third in the 800-meters. Her only slip-up was in the 400-meter hurdles, where she stumbled early in the race due to fatigue. However, Nkrumah would finish the race despite the fall and came back later to help her team win the 4x400 meter relay.
“I have to give a lot of credit to coach Pope’s training,” said Nkrumah. “It helped me get through all these events. I just tried to stay positive and take one race at a time.”
In the 200-meter dash, sophomore Kadisha Wickham overcame nagging injuries to win the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.58. In the 100-meter dash, freshman Denecia Gardiner earned a third-place finish in the 100-meter dash (12.71). Chiquita Greene also added a second-place finish in the javelin with a throw of 28.19 meters.
It was a true team effort for York on the men’s side, with only one person for the Cardinals winning an event. That one person was junior Kenny Jacquet, who dominated the distance events, winning both the 5,000 meters (17:10.01) and the 10,000 meters (37:33.12). York also came up big in the 4x400 relay, placing second overall and first among senior colleges, which secured the victory for York late in the meet.
The Cardinals recorded 142 points, which was six points better than second-place Medgar Evers College, who finished with 136. CCNY was third with 98 points, followed by Lehman College (84 points), Hunter College (75 points) and City Tech (6 points).
In field events, the Cardinals had three competitors finish on the podium. Alex Niles jump of 1.68 meters was good enough for third place. Steve Burnett threw the hammer 31.36 meters, finishing third, and Shaun Michael Young placed third in the javelin with a throw of 42.22 meters.
The Cardinals have now swept the entire track and field season, winning the indoor and outdoor titles for both men and women. It is the first time in school history they have achieved the feat.
“It’s unbelievable”, said head coach Thomas Pope when asked about winning all four titles. “I didn’t know if we could do it. I knew all the teams would be coming for us after winning indoor, but we managed to pull it off.”