KCC’s ZENIA GEORGE, QCC’S YOUNES BENZAID, YORK’S TARIK WEEKES & CCNY’S PAUL DEDEWO

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CUNYAC’s three participating schools, Bronx, Kingsborough and Queensborough all came out of the 2012 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Indoor Track and Field Championships at Eastern Illinois University, each with top-eight finishes, and the promise of a historic, if not monumental Outdoor season beginning next week.

Competing with the best junior colleges across the country in the two day event in Charleston, Illinois, which is open for NJCAA Division I, II and III, two fall All-Amercans finished on the podium in distance races, while Bronx Community College continued to shine in throwing events on the National stage.

Kingsborough’s Zenia George became a NJCAA All-American last spring, as part of KCC’s 4x800m winning Relay team and with a second place in the Javelin throw. This year, as she prepares to graduate Kingsborough with academic accolades she finished fourth in the NJCAA Division III Cross Country Championship and today excelled against the top juco runners at any school. In the 800 Meters, George captured the silver medal with a sensational 2:20.09 performance, which was a 1.29 seconds behind the National Champion from Iowa Central Community College. She then earned a seventh place finish in the 1000 Meters in a time of 3:06.92. George was the only Kingsborough athlete to score points (10) for the Wave on the day, good for 18th place.

Queensborough’s Younes Benzaid has also been on the right track for the last two years, finishing in second place in last Spring’s Outdoor Championships in the 800 Meters for his first All-American notation, Then he was the highest male CUNYAC finisher (10th) in the Cross Country Championships last November. Now at the NCAA Indoors, he placed fourth in the 1000 Meters with a 2:33.16 time to just miss out on becoming an All-American again, as the top two finishers get the accolade. With that finish, he scored five points for the Tigers, the only team score the school would achieve.

The overall champion in the Weight Throw at last week’s CUNYAC/U.S. Army Championships, Bronx’ Naomi Hinds took home seventh place in the National event with a hurl of 16.05 meters, setting her up for success this spring.

A Division III only Track & Field Championship is contested following the Outdoor season in May, when CUNYAC individuals are expected to achieve their best results.

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