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10 Former NJCAA Athletes Win Olympic Medals at 2008 Summer Games

At least 50 former NJCAA student-athletes competed in Beijing, China, this summer at the 2008 Olympic Games. When the games concluded 10 of those athletes headed home with a coveted Gold, Silver or Bronze medal.

On the track, the men and women of Jamaica proved their superiority with former NJCAA All-American Veronica Campbell, previously from Barton County Community College (Kan.), and former NJCAA All-Americans from Essex County College (N.J.) Melaine Walker, Kerron Stewart and Novlene Williams-Mills greatly contributing to their home country's medal count. Campbell took the Gold in the 200 meters, with Stewart finishing with the Bronze. Stewart also took the Silver medal in the 100 meters. Walker won Gold and set a new Olympic record (52.64) in the 400 meter hurdles and, along with Williams-Mills, also took the Bronze in the 4x400 meter relay.

Former Barton County track stars Aaron Armstrong and Leevan Sands also earned Olympic hardware. Armstrong, a former NJCAA All-American, earned a Silver medal with Trinidad & Tobago in the men's 4x100 meter relay. A former seven-time NJCAA All-American and six-time NJCAA Champion, Sands took home the Bronze medal in the men's triple jump for his native country of Barbados.

For team USA on the track, another former Barton County student-athlete, Hyleas Fountain, finished with the Bronze medal in the women's heptathlon. Fountain was a 10-time NJCAA Champion while at BCCC.

In baseball, Weatherford College (Texas) alum Jake Arrieta and former Pratt Community College (Kan.) alum and NJCAA All-American Terry Tiffee helped USA to a Bronze medal.

Lastly, Crystal Bustos and USA Softball had to settle for the Silver medal this time around after winning Gold in the previous two Olympics. Bustos was a two-time NJCAA All-American at Palm Beach Community College (Fla.).


Tyson Gay

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Crystal Bustos

It is safe to say that Crystal Bustos might be the most successful former-NJCAA athlete in the organization's history. She has twice led USA Softball to Olympic Gold (2000, 2004) a
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10 Former NJCAA Athletes Win Olympic Medals at 2008 Summer Games

At least 50 former NJCAA student-athletes competed in Beijing, China, this summer at the 2008 Olympic Games. When the games concluded 10 of those athletes headed home with a coveted Gold, Silver or
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