CCNY Sweeps Up At CUNY Champs
The City College of New York returned to the top of the City University of New York Athletic Conference on Sunday as the Beavers earned their second women's CUNYAC title in three seasons while the men made it three in a row.
The CCNY women had just two first-place finishes — the 4x400m relay team of Asha Brown, Jennifer Doumas, Stephanie Ravello and Leandra Haynes and Shakeema McKie in the weight throw — but racked up points in nearly every discipline. McKie, a sophomore, graduated from Clara Barton High.
Ramatulai Bah — a senior Lehman High — was a prime example, finishing second with three seconds — high jump (4-9 3/4), shot put (33-4) and 60m hurdles (10.43) — and scoring in both the long and triple jumps.
Among the stars of the day elsewhere for the women were Lehman senior Tobi Alli, who beat the field by wide margins in the 60 (7.79), 200 (25.36) and long jump (17-6). She missed out on the fourth title in the triple, finishing second with a leap of 36-3.
Hunter senior Shantel Peters — a senior from Midwood — won the 400 (58.44) and then doubled back to take the 800 (2:28.54) while teammate Lizzy Mahoney won both the mile (5:47.89) and the 5k (19:26.60).
The men won eight individuals en route to 193 points and an easy victory. Eighty of those points came from three individual stars — Thierry Diessongo, Bertrand Oubida and Samuel Nkama.
Diessongo, a sophomore from Truman High in the City, earned MVP honors after winning the 60- (6.77) and 200-meter dashes (21.93) and dominating the long jump with a season-best 22-7 3/4. Oubida — a junior from Taft — won the 800m (1:55.15) and the mile (4:41.71) while also adding to the team tally in the relays. Nkama was a workhorse, winning the triple jump (46-8 1/4) and scoring in the 60m dash, shot put and weight throw.