Five to Enter NJCAA Track & Field Coaches Association Hall of Fame
January 2, 2014
The NJCAA Track & Field Coaches Association inducted five new members into the NJCAA Track & Field Hall of Fame at the USTFCCCA Convention held in Orlando, Fl. December 17-18, 2013.
"Our Coaches Association is proud to honor 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."
Alleyne Francique (Athlete) in the year 2000 he was the NJCAA National Champion in the 400 and 600-meter dash and the 4x400-meter relay for Essex County College (NJ). After Essex, Alleyne held the NCAA Indoor 400-meter record for two years while attending Louisiana State University. In 2002 he was the NCAA National Champion in the 400 and won the 2004 and 2006 World Indoor Championships in the event. Alleyne competed at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and is currently on the coaching staff at Texas A&M University.
Sally Kipyego (Athlete) competed at South Plains College (Texas) and won seven NJCAA championships. In 2006 she was the recipient of the prestigous NJCAA Betty Jo Graber Female Student Athlete of the Year Award. While attending Texas Tech University, Kipyego won nine NCAA Championships and is also the only female in NCAA history to win three consecutive NCAA Cross Country Championships. After capturing the silver medal at the 2011 World Championships, she won silver at the 2012 London Olympic Games in the 10,000-meter run.
Clint Ramsey (Coach) 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.
Ralph Neighbors (Coach) has been an outstanding service oriented coach at Glendale Community College (Ariz.) 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.
Melaine Walker (Athlete) joined the Essex County College (N.J.) squad in 2003 and in two years earned NJCAA All-American honors 10 times, including six national titles. She then moved on to the University of Texas where she was a six- time Big 12 Conference Champion while helping the Longhorns win the 2005 outdoor and 2006 indoor NCAA team championships. At the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Walker won the gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles, establishing a new Olympic record in the event. She later won gold at the 2009 World Championships in the 400 hurdles followed by a sliver performance at the 2011 World Championships. Walker was recently inducted into the University of Texas Women's Athletics Hall of Honor.