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Suffolk Men’s Track and Field Win Season Opener

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Malik Hinds, at right and Daniel Velasquez in the 4 x 400 relay. Hinds was named Men’s NJCAA Division III National Athlete of the Week

The Suffolk County Community College Men’s Track and Field Team kicked-off the season by winning the St. Joseph’s College Spring Opener.

Team highlights include:

  • Ilya Wilson (Islip) placed second men’s 1500 with a time of 4:21.28
  • Daniel Velasquez (Port Jefferson Station) finished third in the 400 hurdles with a time of 59.02
  • The 4 x 400 relay team took silver with a time of 3:40.30; Micah-Assibey-Bonsu (Central Islip), Malik Hinds (Bay Shore), J’Son Hobson (Bellport) and Daniel Velasquez (Port Jefferson Station)
  •  The 4 x 800 took third and fourth; the third place squad came in with a time of 9:17.32 Ryan Evans (Middle Country), Joseph Varca (Sachem North), Michael Neftleberg (Sachem North), Demetrios Caroussos (Smithtown). The fourth place team with a time of 9:41.66 was run by Carols Martinez (Central Islip), Anthony Fernandez (Middle Country), Andres Guerrero (Rocky Point) and Brandon Cotto (Bay Shore)
  • Malik Hinds (Bay Shore) took home the gold in the  Long Jump with a leap of 6.65m
  • Suffolk’s Micah Assibey-Bonsu (Central Islip) placed second in the Men’s Triple Jump with 14.28m jump.

Malik Hinds was named Men’s NJCAA Division III National Athlete of the Week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA)

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Suffolk’s Tah’Joenae Hinton Named NJCAA Division III Second-Team Region XV All-Star

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by Danielle Shangold

Medford second-year Suffolk County Community College Women’s Basketball player Tah’Joenae Hinton has been named National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III Second-Team Region XV All-Star for the 2016-2017 basketball season.

Only ten women are chosen for the prestigious award from NJCAA Region XV.

Hinton suffered an early season shoulder injury, but returned stronger then ever to complete her last season as a Shark.

Hinton was a team co-captain whose leadership and experience on the court helped her excel.

This season Hinton:

averaged 11.1 points a game
averaged 10.6 rebounds
scored a high of 21 points in a single game
had a high of 21 rebounds in a single game, 8 offensive, 13 defensive

“ Tahj has developed as a player but more importantly has grown as a successful student and a productive young woman with a bright future,“ said Coach Kevin Foley.

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New Honor for Athletic Director & Coach Kevin P. Foley at Suffolk County Community College

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Friends, family and colleagues gathered to celebrate the 40 plus years of service by Coach Kevin P. Foley and his father and former trustee the late Hon. John Foley.

The College is creating an endowed scholarship to honor John Foley and plans to rename the Brookhaven Gym’s Basketball Court in honor of Coach Foley.

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Suffolk #1 in Country! Awarded Prestigious Directors’ Cup For National Championship Performance

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Suffolk County Community College Athletic Director Kevin Foley with the 2016 NATYCAA Director’s Cup

Suffolk County Community College athletics is number one in the country and has been recognized by The National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) with the group’s and prestigious NATYCAA Directors’ Cup. The NATYCAA Cup program began in 2004 to highlight excellence in two-year athletics based on success in championship competition. Awards are given to the NJCAA member colleges based on performance at national championship events throughout the academic year. Suffolk bested more than 200 college athletic programs nationally for the award in the non-scholarship Division III collegiate level.

Suffolk County Community College also received national recognition from the National Association of College Director of Athletics  for placing second in the country in the Learfield Director’s Cup standing that is  composed of 538 Division I, Division II, and Division III two-year colleges.
Suffolk County Community College Athletics garnered four national championships this year:

  • National Champions – Women’s Cross Country
  • National Champions – Women’s Track and Field
  • National Champions – Men’s Track and Field
  • National Champions – Men’s Bowling

and placed in the top 10 in other contests, including

  • Men – 5th Place in National Tournament- Cross Country
  • Men – 5th Place in College World Series- Baseball
  • Men – 8th Place in National Tournament- Tennis
  • Women – 3rd Place in National Tournament- Tennis
  • Women – 5th Place in National Tournament- Bowling
  • Women – 7th place  in National Tournament- Soccer

“Congratulations to our student athletes, Athletic Director Kevin Foley, our coaches and the entire athletic department for their continued commitment to excellence and an outstanding nationally-recognized athletic program. I am very proud of our student-athletes who dedicate so much time and effort to excel in their respective sports,” said Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay.

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SCCC men, women teams win NJCAA track and field titles

SCCCChamps2016Members of the Suffolk Community College mens and women’s national championship track team (l-r) Samuel Chimezie- 400m hurdles, Ryleigh Donegan- 5,000m run, Cordell NIx- high jump, Micah Assibey-Bonsu- triple jump, Connor Langdon- decathalon and Samantha Pollucci- 100m dash on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Updated May 21, 2016 10:49 PM
By Jordan Lauterbach  jordan.lauterbach@newsday.com

It started with one championship, the women’s cross-country national title in the fall. But, as is often the case in the non-stop, ultra-competitive world of running and jumping, one is never enough. Suffolk County Community College wanted more.

“We’ve definitely had a goal since that,” said Ryleigh Donegan, who was on that title-winning cross-country team. “We’ve had our eyes on track.”

They got what they wanted. And this time, the men joined in the fun. Yes, it was a banner spring season for the Sharks as both the men and women’s track and field programs took home titles at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Outdoor Championships, held May 7-8 at Westfield State University in Massachusetts.

It was the fourth time in NJCAA Division III history that one school won both the men’s and women’s titles in the same season, said Matthew French, head coach of both teams.

“It’s very special because it was my first year of college track and field,” said Sam Chimezie, who won the men’s 400-meter hurdle title in 54.22 seconds. “Winning proved that we are great and can accomplish many things. That meant a lot to me and to my team.”

Chimezie edged Harper College’s Eric Theis by just under one second, needing a strong finish to secure the victory.

“The last 200 meters were where I had to really push it,” said Chimezie, one of the men’s four individual champions. “I thought ‘This is what I drove four hours to do.’ Everything I went there for came down to the final 200 meters of the race.”

 

Chimezie placed second in the 110-meter hurdles (15.19), earning All-American status.

Connor Langdon won six decathlon events en route to a national championship. Langdon scored 5,865 points and won the 100 meters (11.61), long jump (20 feet, 111⁄4 inches), high jump (6-11⁄4), 400 (52.87), 110 hurdles (15.58), and 1,500 (5:09.78).

Even though he won the decathlon high jump, Langdon was unhappy with his inability to clear 6-2 or higher. Because of inclement weather during the meet, the high jump portion of the competition was moved inside.

Langdon said he had a hard time getting proper footing on the plastic jumping surface that he was now being forced to compete on. He decided to take his frustration out on the next event, the 400.

“I was getting angrier and angrier,” Langdon said. “In the 400, I got into my blocks and knew I had to do well to keep my lead. I came out a little slow. But, I knew at the 200-meter mark that I had the best kick out of all of them. I beat them all by 20 meters.”

Jesse Mattera was an All-American for placing second in the decathlon (5,507) and the pole vault (12-10 3⁄4)

The men had two winners in the field. Micah-Assibey Bonsu won the triple jump (46-11) and Cordell Nix won the high jump (6-4 3⁄4). Langdon gained All-American status for finishing second in the non-decathlon high jump (6-4 3⁄4, losing in a jump-off).

The women’s team won two individual national championships. Donegan won the 5,000 (19:20.63) and Sam Pollucci won the 100 (12.69).

“I maintained my speed the whole way,” Pollucci said. “I just made sure I didn’t give up before the end of the race.”

Pollucci was second in the 200 (25.74), one of seven All-Americans for the Suffolk women. Leana Wiebelt (10,000 meters), Menely Genao (1,500 meters), Taylor Van Nostrand (pole vault), Ebonie Lewis (shot put), and both the 4 x 800 and 4 x 100 meter relay teams earned All-American status.

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Hot Bats! Suffolk Women’s Softball 1st in Region, on 25 Game Win Streak

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Photo L to R: Samantha Magerovich (St. James), Noelle Noble (Farmingville), Laura Galligan (Levittown), Rachel Aspesi (Wading River), Courtney Lawrence (Rocky Point), Valerie Scura (Selden), Sabrina Bencivenga (Sayville), Ashley Bartnik (laying down – Selden), Sandra Lombardi (Sound Beach), Paige Baker (Brookhaven), Samantha Wood (Selden), Jamie Parente, Jessica Parente (Mount Sinai), Jackie Chester (Manorville), Jasmine Seaton (Bellport).

Suffolk County Community College’s Women’s Softball is on a 25 game win streak in and first in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Region XV. The team won the championship after knocking off  Northern Essex of Massachusetts and then defending Region XV Champion and rival Nassau Community College.

The road to the championship saw the Sharks rack up impressive statistics, including:

  • Nationally – 1st in triples (34), 2nd in runs scored (442), 2nd in RBIs (389) , 3rd in batting average (.449)

Team honors: 

  • Courtney Lawrence Region XV Player of the Year, Region XV Tournament MVP
  • 1st team All Region members: Valerie Scura, Jamie Parente, Jessica Parente, Paige Baker, Courtney Lawrence
  • 2nd team All Region Samantha Magerovich
  • Joe Kosina, Region XV Coach of the Year

Next up? The team could be headed for the World Series.


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Suffolk CCC wins men’s junior college bowling championship

February 27, 2016 6:33 PM
By Jordan Lauterbach  jordan.lauterbach@newsday.com

After last season’s second place finish at the Junior College National Championships, there was only direction for the Suffolk County Community College men’s bowling team to go, up. Up towards distinction, up towards a national championship.

And up they went. Suffolk CCC dominated the 20-team field en route to a national title at Airport Lanes in Cheektowaga, N.Y. on Saturday. John Kavanaugh led the eight-man team, bowling a 266 high game. Michael Kissel rolled a 234 high game. James Tagliaferro added a 223 and Michael Ruben had a 222.

Kavanaugh and Tagliaferro also won the doubles national title, shooting a collective 1,234 over three games.

“This was the best team we’ve had in 20 years,” coach Ken Rao said. “We knew this was going to be the team that would do it for us . . . Last year we took second place and missed (a championship) by a little bit. This year we knew we would come back and win.”

Rao, along with his co-coach Rob Dertinger, were named coaches of the year.

In the women’s competition, SCCC’s Emily Clarke and Brianna Meyer placed second in the doubles competition. Meyer was second in the singles competition.

Clarke, Meyer, Kissel and Ruben were named to the All-American team.

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Suffolk Cheer Team Places Third in Nation at Prestigious Competition

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Suffolk County Community College’s Cheer Team placed third in the nation at the UCA & UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championships last weekend.

The competition, the most prestigious college cheerleading championship in the country, was held at the Walt Disney World® Resort’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex from January 15 to 17. Suffolk was one of only two junior colleges competing among a total of 11 colleges and universities in the Open All-Girl Division.

“Our goal was to make it into finals at our first ever UCA Nationals,” said Head Cheer and  Dance Coach Gina Caputo. “Being ranked third in the nation went beyond our expectations.  Now to work towards next year and bringing home the title!”

“We are very proud of the cheer team’s outstanding performance,” said Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay.  “The College community congratulates our student athletes for this tremendous accomplishment and the recognition they have earned for the team and our college.”

Councilman LaValle Honors Suffolk County Community College Women’s Cross Country Team For Winning National Championship

Brookhaven Town Photo | Suffolk County Community College Women’s Cross Country Team honored for National Championship.

Farmingville – At the December 3 Town Board meeting, Councilman Kevin LaValle (right) honored the Suffolk County Community College (SCCC) Women’s Cross Country team for winning the 2015 NJCAA Division III National Championship.

“A national championship is a great achievement, and we are all very proud of these young women for what they have accomplished,” said Councilman LaValle. “Congratulations to the entire team and Coach French on their successful season.”

Councilman LaValle also honored Matt French (third from right), the Women’s Cross Country team coach, for being named Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year by U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Coach French, who is in his second year with Suffolk’s program, led the Sharks to the national title with 64 points, 23 ahead of the nearest runner-up. This was SCCC’s second national title and first since 2007. Also pictured is SCCC Athletic Director Kevin Foley (second from right).

Source: Brookhaven News Herald


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Suffolk County Community College Women’s Cross Country National Champs!

photo l to r: Ryleigh Donegan, Bridget Reiffert, Stacey Sinkoff, Kayla Clements, Ashlee Rommeney, Leana Wiebelt, Menely Genao, Coach Matt French

photo l to r: Ryleigh Donegan, Bridget Reiffert, Stacey Sinkoff, Kayla Clements, Ashlee Rommeney, Leana Wiebelt, Menely Genao, Coach Matt French

Anchored by two runners finishing in the top ten, Suffolk County Community College won the 2015 NJCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country Championship last Saturday. The Sharks clinched their program’s second national title and first since 2007.
Freshman Ryleigh Donegan was the first Suffolk County student-athlete to cross the finish line, cracking the top five with a time of 19 minutes, 26.7 seconds. Coming in behind her teammate in sixth place was Sharks sophomore Leana Wiebelt, finishing with a time of 19:35.9.Sophomore Kayla Clements completed the race in 20:06.3, contributing an 11th place finish to the Suffolk County effort. The Sharks other qualifying finishes came from freshman Menely Genao and sophomore Ashlee Rommeney. Genao’s 20:33.3 performance earned 19th place, while Rommeney took 37th with a time of 21:24.2.Suffolk County Community College Athletic Director Kevin Foley lauded the team and Coach Matt French. “Coach French has done a tremendous job rebuilding the Women’s and Men’s Cross Country teams, “Foley said.  “In two short years, through his leadership and dedication, Matt has lead Suffolk Cross Country and Track & Field into the national spotlight.””I and the entire college community are proud of our women’s cross country team and the championship efforts of our scholar athletes and coaches,” said Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay.”The ladies handled the expectations from their number one ranking with tenacity and maturity, getting the job done on the day it counted. I am proud of both the women and the men. Definitely a standout season for each team,” Coach Matt French said.

Name Hometown HS grad of: Honors
Kayla Clements Shirley William Floyd All-American (Honorable Mention)
Theresa DeFilippo Patchogue Patchogue-Medford
Nora DiMaria Commack Commack
Ryleigh Donegan Center Moriches Center Moriches All-American (First-Team); USTFCCCA Northeast Region Women’s Athlete of the Year; Region XV Individual Champion
Haley Entenmann Lake Ronkonkoma Sachem North
Menely Genao Port Jefferson Station Comsewogue
Bridget Reiffert Mastic William Floyd
Ashlee Rommeney Ronkonkoma Sachem East
Stacey Sinkoff Mt. Sinai Mt. Sinai
Kristen Starke Eastport Mepham
Leana Wiebelt East Setauket Ward Melville All-American (Second-Team)

Source: Suffolk County Community College


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