EL DORADO, KS - Recently, the Coahoma Community College Track Team visited El Dorado, KS to participate in 2018 NJCAA Division I Track and Field Championships. The Tigers finished 21st in the nation with only six CCC athletes participating.
Coahoma's 4x400 relay team competed in the 4x400 relay finals; finishing 8th (3:13.26) in the preliminaries (3:13.99). With this ranking, the team was named NJCAA All Americans for the 1st time in the institution's history. The relay team consists of Michael McCloud, Akeem Marshall, Romario Marshall, and Byron Burnett.
However, Coahoma's 4x100 relay team fell short of a finals berth. They finished 16th (41.74) in the preliminaries. The relay team consists of Michael McCloud, Akeem Marshall, Chrishun Nurse, and Ian Thomas.
McCloud was the only athlete to compete in both team and individual events. He made the finals of the 400-meter dash; finishing second (46.57) in the preliminaries. In the finals, he finished second (46.22) in the nation and was named an NJCAA All American. The second-place finish in the 400-meter final is one of the highest finishes in the institution's history.
In the 100-meter dash finals, McCloud didn't make it to the finals; finishing 19th in the preliminaries with a time of 10.70.
Coahoma Head Coach Reggy Hankerson knows that his program took considerable strides in the right direction and had an excellent showing at the event.
"We had the opportunity to see that our hard work and dedication in the Fall really paid off at the end of the season," said Hankerson. "We've seen other teams that have done the same thing to get there. It's not just your hard work and determination, but it's your will to succeed."
Coahoma's future is bright with McCloud and Chrishun Nurse returning to compete next season. After a breakout freshman year, McCloud has garnered attention from a number of 4-year institutions.
"We need some more pieces to add around our returning athletes to get a higher ranking in nationals," said Hankerson. "We want to make Coahoma very proud."