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57 Former or Current NJCAA Student-Athletes to Compete in London Olympics
 July 23, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) is pleased to announce that 57 former or current student-athletes with ties to the Association will participate on the world’s biggest stage at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England.

Four years ago over 50 athletes with ties to the NJCAA competed in Beijing, China at the 2008 Summer Olympics of which 10 took home a coveted gold, silver or bronze medal.  

Highlighting the list of former NJCAA student-athletes favored to compete for a medal in London are Tyson Gay and Hyleas Fountain of the United States. Gay is one of the world’s fastest sprinters (currently the second-fastest man in the world) while Fountain is looking to top her 2008 bronze medal performance in the Heptathlon. Both Gay and Fountain competed at Barton County Community College (Kan.).

Also hailing from Barton County, Leevan Sands will compete for the Bahamas in the triple jump in his third Olympics. At the 2008 Beijing games, Sands set a Bahamian record in the triple jump and won a bronze medal.  

The women’s track and field squad from Jamaica has four former NJCAA student-athletes that should again contribute to their medal count. Barton County alumna Veronica Campbell-Brown won three medals in Athens in 2004 and defended her gold medal in the 200 meters in 2008.

Essex County College (N.J.) alumni Kerron Stewart, Melaine Walker and Novlene Williams-Mills are all heavily favored in their respective events. Stewart won silver in the 100 meters in Beijing as well as bronze in the 200 meters. Walker defended her gold medal and set a new Olympic record (52.64) in the 400 meter hurdles in 2008 and, along with Williams-Mills, took bronze in the 4x400 meter relay.

Although track and field dominates the listing, other former NJCAA student-athletes will compete in London in basketball, soccer and swimming.

Several coaches with ties to the NJCAA will also be participating in London. Dominic Okon is currently an assistant basketball coach at Three Rivers Community College (Mo.) and will be serving in the same capacity for his native Nigera. Current Barton County assistant track and field coach Nigel Bigbee will be assisting Akeem Haynes of Canada while former Barton County track and field coaches Lance Brauman and Matt Kane will be in London assisting several athletes including Gay, Ryan Brathwaite of Barbados and Alonso Edward of Panama.

The 2012 Olympics take place July 27 -August 12. For full coverage, schdeules and live video go to www.london2012.com or www.nbcolympics.com.

The listing below, compiled from information submitted to NJCAA Headquarters by member colleges, is composed of NJCAA current or former student-athletes competing in the 2012 London Olympics. If you know of a current or former student-athlete who will be competing in London that is not listed, please send an email to mkrug@njcaa.org 

Country Name NJCAA College Sport Position/Event

Bahamas
Leevan Sands^ Barton County CC (Kan.) Track & Field Triple Jump
Demetrius Pinder Essex County College (N.J.) Track & Field 200m, 400m, 4x400m
Trevor Mackey  South Plains College (Texas) Track & Field 200m
Andrae Williams South Plains College (Texas) Track & Field 4x400m
Sheniqua Ferguson Southwest Mississippi CC Track & Field 100m
     

Barbados
Shane Brathwaite* Central Arizona College Track & Field 110m Hurdles
Ryan Brathwaite Barton County CC (Kan.) Track & Field 110m Hurdles
     

Brazil
Larry Taylor South Suburban College (Ill.) Men’s Basketball Forward
     

British Virgin Islands
Karene King Central Arizona College Track & Field 100m
     

Burundi
Diane Nukuri Butler CC (Kan.) Track & Field Marathon
     

Canada
Akeem Haynes Barton County CC (Kan.) Track & Field 4x100m
     

Granada
Kurt Felix Central Arizona College Track & Field Decathlon
Joe Phillip Central Arizona College Track & Field 400m
Kanika Beckles Essex County College (N.J.) Track & Field 400m
Joel Redhead Essex County College (N.J.) Track & Field 200m
Rondell Bartholomew  South Plains College (Texas) Track & Field 400m, 4x100m
Janelle Redhead South Plains College (Texas) Track & Field 200m
         

Great Britain
Rose Anderson Northern Oklahoma-Enid Women’s Basketball Guard
     

Haiti
Jeffrey Julmis Cloud County CC (Kan.) Track & Field 110m Hurdles
     

Honduras
Roger Espinoza Yavapai College (Ariz.) Men’s Soccer Midfielder/Forward
     

Israel
Donald Sanford Central Arizona College Track & Field 400m
     

Jamaica
Veronica Campbell-Brown^ Barton County CC (Kan.) Track & Field 100m, 200m, 4x100m
Sheree Francis Central Arizona College Track & Field High Jump
Jason Morgan Central Arizona College Track & Field Shot Put
Maurice Smith Central Arizona College Track & Field Decathlon
Korine Hinds* Essex County College (N.J.) Track & Field 3k Steeplechase
Riker Hylton Essex County College (N.J.) Track & Field 4x400m
Kenia Sinclair* Essex County College (N.J.) Track & Field 800m
Kerron Stewart^ Essex County College (N.J.) Track & Field 100m, 4x100m
Melaine Walker^ Essex County College (N.J.) Track & Field 400m Hurdles
Novlene William-Mills^ Essex County College (N.J.) Track & Field 400m, 4x400m
     

Kenya
Sally Kipyego~ South Plains College (Texas) Track & Field 5k, 10k
     

Lithuania
Antanas Kavaliauskas Barton County CC (Kan.) Men’s Basketball Forward
     

Micronesia
Debra Daniel Iowa Central CC Women’s Swimming 100m Freestyle
     

Panama
Alonso Edward Barton County CC (Kan.) Track & Field 200m
     

Papua New Guinea
Judith Meauri Iowa Central CC  Women’s Swimming 50m Freestyle
     

Puerto Rico
Enrique Llanos Essex County College (N.J.) Track & Field 110m Hurdles
     

Saint Kitts 
Kim Collins Central Arizona College Track & Field 100m
Tameka Williams Central Arizona College Track & Field 100m
     

Senegal
Moussa Dembele Essex County College (N.J.) Track & Field 110m Hurdles
     

South Africa
Gidon Louw Indian River State College (Fla.) Men’s Swimming 50m, Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, 4x100 Freestyle, 4x100m Medley
     

Trinidad Tobago
Lalonde Gordan Mohawk Valley CC (N.Y.) Track & Field 400m, 4x400m 
Reyare Thomas Iowa Central CC Track & Field 4x100m
Janeil Bellille  South Plains College (Texas) Track & Field 400m Hurdles
Sparkle McKnight  South Plains College (Texas) Track & Field 4x100m
Renny Quow  South Plains College (Texas) Track & Field 400m, 4x100m, 4x400m
     

Turkey
Tugce Cantinez North Idaho College Women’s Basketball Guard
Tugba Palazoglu Barton County CC (Kan.) Women's Basketball Guard
     

U.S. Virgin Islands
Laverne Jones-Ferrette* Barton County CC (Kan.) Track & Field 100m, 200m
Tabarie Henry* Barton County CC (Kan.) Track & Field 400m
     

United States
Isiah Young Allen County CC (Kan.) Track & Field 200m
Hyleas Fountain^ Barton County CC (Kan.) Track & Field Heptathlon
Tyson Gay* Barton County CC (Kan.) Track & Field 100m, 4x100m
Chelsea Hayes Butler CC (Kan.) Track & Field Long Jump
Darvis Patton Garden City CC (Kan.) Track & Field 4x100m
Trell Kimmons Hinds CC (Miss.) Track & Field 4x100m
Brittney Reese Mississippi Gulf Coast CC Track & Field Long Jump
Ryan Bailey Rend Lake College (Ill.) Track & Field 100m 
Abdihakem Abdirahman* Pima CC (Ariz.) Track & Field Marathon

*competed in 2008 Summer Olympics
^won Gold, Silver or Bronze at 2008 Summer Olympics
~2006 NJCAA Betty Jo Graber Female Athlete of the Year



























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