Coach Patrick Rae says that coaches prepare and athletes execute. This is exactly what happened at the NJCAA Track and Field National Championships. From the 2018 men and women's track and field team there were nine qualifiers. Gillian Laco, Audrie Prusinowski, Conor Harrigan, Devin Nottingham, Noah Murray, Steven Donnelly, Tim Kennerson, Dexter Proctor, and Michael Booth.
Laco who was ranked second in the woman's pole vault, upset the favorite in the event to become FLCC's first female track and field National Champion. She won the meet vaulting 2.46 meters.
Prusinowski was a qualifier in three different events. In her first event, Prusinowski placed 7th in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 15:00.01. On day two, Prusinowski ran the 100m and 400m hurdle preliminary races. While she did not qualify for the finals in the 400m hurdles, she did qualify for the 100m hurdles finals. In the 100m hurdles finals she finished 6th in a time of 19.26.
On the men's side Proctor and Murray both ran the 200m race. While they did not make it to the finals, their times placed them both in the top 20. Booth ran a 2:04.54 which placed him 13th in the 800m race. Harrigan made the finals in the Men's Javelin and ended up in 9th place with a throw of 42.83 meters. This 9th place finish has gained the attention of NCAA division III schools.
Nottingham continued his success from the Regional meet. In his first event he placed 11th in the triple jump with a distance of 12.10 meters. Then on day two he rose to the occasion and jumped 1.88 meters in the high jump which gave him 3 place finish.
Overall the team returned home with one national champion, Laco, and three All-Americans, Laco, Prusinowski, and Nottingham. Coach Rae and Dacey are extremely proud of the entire Men and Women's teams this year, and look for great things in the future.