Rams Notch School Record Three All-Americans at NCAA Championships
NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships
March 11-12, 2011 @ Capital University – Columbus, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio - The Farmingdale State men's and women’s indoor track team sent a record four student-athletes in five events to the Division III National Championships on March 11th-12th at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, where a school record three student- athletes earned All-American Status, including sophomores Faustine Chukwuezi (Central Islip, N.Y.) and Corine Magee (Mastic, N.Y.) and senior Qasim Ellis (Farmingdale, N.Y.).
Chukwuezi placed 5th in the triple jump with an 11.50m (37’ 8 ¾”) performance. Faustine's jump was a season-best and only 1 ¾” off her school record which she set last year. This was her second trip to the Nationals and her first All-American Award.
Magee placed 7th in the 55M dash. Corine ran 7.19 in the trials to place 2nd in her heat and qualify for the final. The final was run in two sections of four athletes. Corine placed 3rd in her section in 7.28 and was 7th overall. Corine holds the school record in the 55m and 200m and like her teammate was her second trip to the nationals and her first All-American Award.
Ellis made his first trip to the Nationals and earned All-American Status by placing 7th in the triple jump. Qasim's jump of 14.39m (47’ 4 ½”) was his second best jump of the year and 1 ¼” off the school record which he set this year.
The women scored six points and placed 34th out of 57 scoring teams. The men scored two points and placed 56th out of 67 scoring teams.
Throughout his career, Coach Minkoff's teams have now posted 76 Division II, III and Junior College All-Americans.