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March 16, 2007

CCNY WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD TEAM EARNS SECOND PLACE AT NCAA DIVISION III CHAMPIONSHIPS

Alecia Watson and Mechelle Barnwell Bring Home the Gold for Beavers

NEW YORK, March 16, 2007 – The City College of New York took second place in the 2007 NCAA Division III Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championship, held last weekend in Terra Haute, Ind.  CCNY team members Alecia Watson, Mechelle Barnwell and Jodyann Raymond all achieved All-American Status, with Watson earning two gold medals and Barnwell winning one. 

The Beavers finished with a total of 35 points, trailing first place Williams College by just 7 points.

“It is a great feeling when a plan comes together.” says Head Coach, Lyndon George.  “I commend Kirk, my assistant coach, for working so hard with the female team throughout the season.  The women have truly accomplished some great things having limited resources in comparison to other competitors.  I appreciate all their hard work and commitment.”

Senior Alecia Watson led the Beavers by winning the long jump with a distance of 5.85 meters and in the triple jump she claimed the title with a mark of 12.17 meters.  She also placed fifth in the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.21 seconds and earned All-American status in all three events.  Watson also received top honors and was selected as the Atlantic Region Women’s Field Athlete of the Year, the NCAA Women’s Field Athlete of the Year and the Women’s Field Athlete of the meet.  

“Alecia is a great competitor who can always turn the competition up a notch.” assistant coach, Kirk Roberts said.  “I am happy for the women and all their accomplishments.  Now we will work harder to become number one and exceed the expectation.” 

Teammate Mechelle Barnwell earned All-American honors by winning the gold in the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.04 seconds.  Sophomore Jodyann Raymond finished among the top eight in that race and also earned All-American status.  She ran a time of 7.28 seconds. 

For the men’s team, sophomore Dean Brown jumped 1.97 meters in the high jump to finish tenth.  Brown was the first male participant to represent City College in the National Championships in 19 years.

Click link below for complete results from the meet: http://www.rose-hulman.edu/sports/ncaatrack/pages/results.htm.

About The City College of New York

For 160 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines.  Over 13,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Architecture, the School of Education, the Grove School of Engineering, the Center for Worker Education and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.

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