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Howard Community College’s Men’s Track and Field Captures NJCAA Division III National Championship

May 16, 2013

Win marks HCC's first national title

(Columbia, MD) – Howard Community College’s (HCC) men’s track and field team captured the college’s first national championship after a dominant performance at the 2013 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III Outdoor Track and Field National Championships, held May 9 to 11 at HCC. The men’s team placed first in seven events and third or better in 21, while setting meet records in the 400-meter, high jump and 4x400-meter.

Jahlil Petgrave and Darius Bell were recognized as HCC’s two top performers of the meet, with Petgrave being named Male Track Athlete of the Meet after taking first in both the 200-meter and 400-meter, while Bell was awarded the Male Field Athlete Award after posting the top mark in the high jump and placing second in both the long jump and triple jump. Also capturing individual national titles were Edgar Propst in the 800-meter and Filagot Dinku in the 5,000-meter, as well as HCC’s 4x100 and 4x400-meter relay teams. Head coaches Errick Henlon and Steve Musselman were named “Coach of the Championships” and “Coach of the Year.”

HCC’s men’s track and field team members include: Tariq Abul-Akbar, Daruis Bell, Ralph Bollanga-Eteki, Peter Collins, Filagot Dinku, Adel El-Frih, Jay Fair, Rafael Fernandez, Jonathan Fourney, Chris Hill, Raymius Johnson, James Lang, John Leierzapf, Kyle Marano, Chris Nash, Andrew Parlette, JohnVoss Pearce, Jahlil Petgrave, Edgar Propst, Jovan Roberson, Winsor Sineus, Marcus Smith, Asa Solomon, Alex Warfield, Russell Webb, and Antoinio Woods. Coaches include Sanjay Ayer, Brian Bonn, Rob Etheridge, Errick Henlon, Steve Musselman, Ancel Travers, and Quinton Wilson

About HCC

Howard Community College (HCC) is a publicly funded two-year community college serving the educational needs of the citizens and employers in Howard County, Maryland since 1970. With its slogan, “You Can Get There from Here,” the college has forged a variety of partnerships to offer career and transfer programs to over 30,000 students annually at its main campus in Columbia, the Ecker Business Training Center, Laurel College Center, and Mount Airy College Center for Health Care Education. Located midway between two major metropolitan areas, Washington DC and Baltimore, MD, Howard Community College is an affordable, community-based institution that has long been recognized for its ability to inspire learning, and the lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals. Among its many awards is the prestigious U.S. Senate Productivity Award for organizational performance excellence.