Laney College Women’s Track & Field Team Shines at JC State Championship


Shown (L to R): Head Coach Kevin Craddock: Mariama Hilburn, undecided on university transfer (400, 200, 4×100,4×400); Nia Vance, Tennessee Tech (100mh, 4×100, LJ, TJ); Bibiana Enriquez, San Francisco State University (800,1500, 4×400); Kayla Dickerson, Cal State LA (100m, 200m, 4×100, 4×400); Brittany Brown, San Jose State (100mh, 4×100, 4×400, LJ, TJ); Assistant coaches Aria Betts and Nkosinza Balumbu. Photo courtesy of Laney College.

The Laney College’s Women’s Track and Field team capped off an amazing post-season, scoring 62 points to achieve a 4th place finish at the California JC State Championship.
With just five young women, the Eagles maximized their talents across nine events in which everyone scored and medaled at the two-day meet. Most notable was the jumping-hurdling duo of Nia Vance and Brittany Brown.

Vance was the highest scoring member of the team with 22.5 points, while Brown scored 20.75 points and brought home a record five medals, the most in program history.
This exciting performance was sparked the week prior when the Lady Eagle’s “Fantastic Five” finished runner-up at the NorCal Championships.

The winning team had 35 athletes competing compared to Laney’s five.

This year, every member of the team saw new personal bests in all their events, and each one has been offered multiple full scholarships. Some interested schools include University of Nevada Las Vegas, UC Davis, University of Kansas, University of New Mexico, University of Central Florida, Louisiana Tech, SF State and Arizona State.


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