NEW YORK, January 4, 2014 (GrenadaSports) – Former two-time World Indoor 400 metres champion Alleyne Francique of Grenada is among five new members inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Track and Field Hall of Fame.
The decision was taken at the United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Convention in Orlando, Florida last month.
On the track, Francique was the NJCAA national champion in the 400m, 600m and 4x400m relay for Essex County College in 2000. He then held the NCAA Indoor 400m record for two years while attending Louisiana State University (LSU).
Francique also won the NCAA Outdoor 400m in 2002 before going on to win world indoor titles in 2004 and 2006 in Budapest, Hungary and Moscow, Russia respectively.
The Grenadian also competed in two Olympic Games, finishing fourth in Athens in 2004 and won a silver medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia.
Francique, who is an assistant coach at Texas A&M University, has won seven national titles since he began coaching in 2008, including three straight double NCAA Track & Field Titles.
Also inducted into the Hall of Fame were Jamaican Melanie Walker, Sally Kipyego of Kenya and coaches Clint Ramsey and Ralph Neighbours.
Walker, who earned NJCAA All-American honours 10 times, was the Olympic 400m hurdles record holder in Beijing in 2008. She was also won gold at the 2009 World Championships.
Walker was also a six-time Big 12 Conference Champion while helping the University of Texas wins the 2005 outdoor and 2006 indoor NCAA team championships. She was recently inducted into the University of Texas Women’s Athletics Hall of Honour.
Kipyego is a Kenyan long and middle-distance runner who competed at South Plains College (Texas) and won seven NJCAA championships.
At Texas Tech University, Kipyego won nine NCAA Championships and is also the only female in NCAA history to win three straight NCAA Cross Country Championships. She was the silver medallist in the 10,000m at the 2011 World Championships and the silver medallist in the same event at the London Olympic Games in 2012.
Ramsey accepted the track coaching job at South Plains in 1969 and served three terms as the President of the NJCAA Track & Field Coaches Association. In 1974, he represented the NJCAA on a six-week tour of Africa with three other coaches and five student-athletes conducting coaching clinics for African coaches. His South Plains teams twice finished as national runners-up and he was named NJCAA Track and Field Coach of the Year in 1979 and again in 1981. Ramsey moved to Angelo State University as head track coach where his team was national runner-up in 1983.
Neighbors has been an outstanding service oriented coach at Glendale Community College (Arizona) for over 32 years. He was awarded the 2012 NJCAA Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year Award. He has produced many national champions and served as treasurer for the NJCAA Track & Field Coaches Association for over 10 years.
“Our Coaches Association is proud to honour the men and women, who by their deeds as coaches and student-athletes have made our sport so great,” said Michael Smart, NJCAA Track & Field Coaches Association President.
“The accomplishments of these five men and women have shown how vital NJCAA track & field is to the track & field collegiate and international community.”
The members will be inducted at a ceremony in New York in March.
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