RCC Athletics Update
For athletes at RCC, the educational experiences in the classroom are complemented by those in athletics that promote discipline, teamwork, leadership, and good sportsmanship.
This season was tremendous for the Lady Tigers, who became the 2017 Regional Champions after defeating the Gateway Lions. Players Ana Marcelin and Gianni “Gigi” Hill were both named to the Regional All-Tournament Team, and Gigi was named Tournament MVP.
After securing the regional championship, the Lady Tigers finished their season second in the nation, at the 2017 NJCAA DIII National Championship Tournament. Ana Marcelin and Gigi Hill were again named to the All-Tournament Team.
The RCC Tigers powered through a rebuilding season, which ended in February 2017.
Freshman guard Laurence Chery ranked #7 in the conference in scoring, averaging 18.2 points per game, and was ranked #6 in the conference in assists, averaging 4.9 assists per game. Jared Mosley averaged 6.4 points per game and 8 rebounds per game. Jabril Hassan showed improvement throughout the year, and we expect to see him contribute more next season. Pedro Ramos is one of the rare two-sport student-athletes — he also plays soccer for RCC.
Freshman Guard Imer Ortiz, who led the conference in scoring with 22.6 points per game, was also named a 2016-2017 NJCAA Region 21 All-Star.
Track and Field
The RCC Track and Field teams were also strong competitors this year. RCC’s Track and Field teams were incredibly successful during the season and at nationals! During the season, Andriana Higgins was ranked first in the 100-meter hurdles, sixth in the 100-meters and sixth in the 400-meter hurdles. At nationals, Adriana won the 100-meter hurdles (breaking the national record in the process) and the 400-meter hurdles. During the regular season, Brian Donna was ranked second in 400-meter hurdles and javelin, and third in the 110-meter hurdles and pole vault. He also ranked sixth in the high jump and 10th in the long jump. Brian won the 400-meters at nationals. Ed Barretto was ranked sixth in the 400-meter and 13th in the 200-meter. At nationals, Ed finished eighth in the 100-meter dash.
Congratulations on a successful academic and athletic year to these students and their supporters. For additional athletics coverage, please visit our website or follow us via social media.