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A Championship Program

Roadrunner Newsletter Vol. 1.3 December 2010 GCC’s Huerta Wins Cross Country National Championship The GCC Athletics Program has had a number of great athletes but one man is making his claim to be the most decorated athlete of all. Cross Country/Track and Field star Ozzie Huerta had a dominating 2010 Cross Country season culminating with his win of the NJCAA Division III Championship race at Sunken Meadow Park in Long Island, NY. Huerta ran a patient race and then made his move on “Snake Hill” to move past the runner from Herkimer CC and into first place. Huerta pushed past the finish line alone to claim his third NJCAA Individual National Championship. In the Spring of 2010 Huerta won both the 5,000m and 10,000m races at the NJCAA Track and Field National Championships. Huerta, a graduate of Kingsway Regional HS, now has his sights set on the track once again and plans to train hard enough to defend his national championships and even work toward another, the Steeplechase event where he finished third last season. Huerta keeps a low profile on campus but when he gets to national events he seems to thrive in the spotlight. Very few GCC athletes have accomplished as much as what Huerta has already and he will certainly be remembered as one of the all-time great athletes here at the college. Despite his individual goals Huerta, according to GCC Coach Ryan Hughes, Ozzie has always put the team goals first. His efforts and leadership helped the Cross Country Team to a 3rd place finish overall at the National Championships and a 5th place finish overall at last spring’s Track and Field National Championships.

GCC’s Ozzie Huerta was dominant during the 2010 Cross Country season for the Roadrunners

IN THIS ISSUE: Fall Sports Recap Champions of Character Roadrunner News & Notes Editor: Brian Rowan, Asst. Dir. of Athletics Email: browan@gccnj.edu

Straga/Cendejas Lead Roadrunner Soccer Resurgence The Roadrunner Women’s Soccer program got big boost from NJCAA All-Region 19 performers Nichole Straga and Julia Cendejas this year helping the team to 10-8-1 record and a trip to the region tournament semifinals. Straga earned NJCAA Goalkeeper of the Week honors during the season and Cendejas was the driving force in the midfield for the team all season. First year head coach Megan Ruttler should be thrilled to have three players returning to the lineup in 2011 that received AllRegion honors. In addition to Cendejas, the Roadrunners return 2nd Team All-Region member Rebecca Gibson and 3rd Team All-Region member Christiana Unger.


Fall SPORTS IN REVIEW Men’s Soccer 2010 in Review The men’s soccer program took a step back in 2010 after improving in both of head coach Alan Smith’s first two seasons. The Roadrunners were led on the field by sophomores Sean McDevitt (Williamstown HS) and Todd Patterson (Clearview Regional HS). McDevitt received 3rd team All-Region 19 honors. The team did have a deep group of freshman that should improve and could compete for a spot in the region tournament in 2011. Defenders Trevor Juhring and Howard Savidge as well as forward Shane Feriod showed flashes during the season of what it would take to propel the team to new heights in 2011.

Women’s Soccer Reaches Region 19 Semifinals The women’s soccer team fell 1-0 in the Region 19 semifinals to host Brookdale CC but making it that far was a dramatic improvement from the season prior. The Roadrunners finished this season 10-8-2 after facing a tough schedule and developing over the course of the season under first year head coach Megan Ruttler. The Roadrunners will lose three key sophomores in MaryKate Covely (Pitman HS), Jennifer Longley (Glassboro HS), and goalkeeper Nichole Straga (Clearview Regional HS) but will have eight starters returning to the team in 2011. The team plans to train hard in the off-season in order to make a deeper playoff run next year.

For more information on men’s soccer visit the men’s soccer webpage.

For more information on women’s soccer visit the women’s soccer webpage.

Women’s Tennis Advances to NJCAA National Tournament in Tucson, AZ The Women’s Tennis Team had another solid season in the fall of 2010 as the team went 5-2 overall and finished second in both the Garden State Athletic Conference and the NJCAA Region XIX Tournament. Leading the way for the Roadrunners were sophomores Justine Stahl, Courtney Addis and Amanda Chandler. The team has qualified to play in the NJCAA National Tournament held in Tucson, AZ for the third consecutive year and will travel there in early May. A strong nucleus of freshman should benefit from that experience and continue to improve heading into their sophomore seasons. The starting lineup for the Roadrunners included freshmen Avery Forte, Kirsten Buscher, Kelly Bates, and Joanna O’Donnell. Buscher and O’Donnell wend undefeated as a team at the #3 doubles position this season. For more information on the women’s tennis team visit the women’s tennis webpage.


FALL SPORTS IN REVIEW II Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Programs Excel The GCC Cross Country Program had a record number of male participants in 2010 and both teams recorded top ten finishes at the NJCAA National Championships to complete another strong season under Head Coach Ryan Hughes. Hughes was named the NJCAA National Coach of the Year for his efforts in leading the men’s team to a third place finish. The women were led this season by NJCAA All-American Amanda Dole. Dole, a graduate of Clearview HS, ran strong all-season and made a great kick finish at the National Championships to finish in 12th place. The team finished second at the NJCAA Regional competition as well. The men had three NJCAA All-Americans this season led by National Champion Ozzie Huerta. Ryan Huff and JP McCarville also received All-American honors after finishing 5th and 22nd, respectively, at the National Championship races. Huff also scored a great win when he defeated the entire field at the NJCAA Eastern District Championship race late in the season.

2010 NJCAA Cross Country All-Americans Ozzie Huerta Kingsway Regional High School Sewell, NJ

Ryan Huff Sterling High School Erial, NJ

2010 NJCAA Division III Cross Country National Champion/ All-American

2010 NJCAA Division III Cross Country All-American

JP McCarville Sterling High School Erial, NJ

Amanda Dole Clearview Regional High School Pemberton, NJ

2010 NJCAA Division III Cross Country All-American

2010 NJCAA Division III Cross Country All-American


Roadrunner Champions of Character Athletic Teams Give Back to Campus and Community The Roadrunner athletic teams and coaching staffs were awarded the 2009-10 Champions of Character Cup by NJCAA Region 19. This award recognizes the contributions of many of our teams and individuals who contributed to the community service efforts in 2009-10. In 2010-11 Roadrunner athletic teams have already continued that effort in a variety of community service efforts. Pictured left are members of the men’s tennis team, women’s basketball team, men’s cross country team (National Champion Ozzie Huerta) members of the women’s tennis team and Leanne Schoening and Lynn Kindrachuk from the Department of Athletics after they completed gift wrapping over 80 gifts for the Emmanual Cancer Foundation Holiday Party. The gifts were delivered the next day by Leanne Schoening and members of the women’s soccer team. Additional Community Service Activities from 2010-11 Season: The women’s tennis, women’s soccer and men’s and women’s cross country teams contributed backpacks and school supplies to “Operation Backpack” The women’s tennis team collected donations during the NJCAA Region 19 Tennis Tournament that were given to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation The men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and softball teams contributed cards to the Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign that delivers holiday cards to military bases as well as veterans and military hospitals across the country The department of athletics collected a care package for Thuan Lo, a former GCC student-athlete serving the Marine Corps in Afghanistan

Champions of Character Profile: Amanda Chandler, Sophomore, Women’s Tennis Amanda Chandler of the women’s tennis program has been one of the most active students on the GCC campus during her two years here. She has helped the tennis team advance to the NJCAA National Championship tournament for the second consecutive season and has helped a great deal of on and off-campus causes as well all while maintaining a very high GPA. Recently, Chandler was the Athletic Department Coordinator for Operation Backpack 2010 and she also contributed to the PTK Blood Drive, Box City Night, raising money for Haiti, and the women’s basketball Pink Zone to name a few.


Roadrunner News & Notes Baseball Team Honored by South Jersey Hotstover’s Baseball Club The Gloucester County College Baseball Team had a season to remember in the spring of 2010 and on Saturday, November 27th they were honored as the Team of the Year by the Hotstover’s Baseball Cluib of South Jersey at their 51st Annual Awards Dinner. The team accepted the plaques from the organization and posed for photos. Also at the dinner GCC Head Baseball Coach Mike Dickson was named Coach of the Year becoming the first collegiate coach to receive that honor. The Roadrunners went 43-2 in 2010 and won the Garden State Athletic Conference as well as the NJCAA Region XIX and NJCAA National Championships. Men’s Tennis Team Receives National Championship Rings at Roadrunner Classic The Men’s Tennis Team captured the 2010 NJCAA National Championship last spring and on December 3rd they received their championship rings at a ceremony held during the annual Roadrunner Classic Basketball Tournament. The team posed with their new rings in front of the display honoring all of GCC’s sixteen National Championship teams and the new trophy cases in the lobby of the Physical Education Building. Prior to the ceremony team members helped to wrap donated gifts for the Emmanual Cancer Foundation Holiday Party.


Roadrunner News & Notes Baseball: Former Roadrunner Jim Best signed a scholarship at George Washington...Mike Ney signed a scholarship offer at Old Dominion...Bill Rice (Washington Township High School) is currently playing under a professional contract with the Philadelphia Phillies in the Gulf Coast League for MLB rookies…Nick Alloway completed a season in AAA baseball with the Minnesota Twins organization…Wrestling: 2010 NJCAA National Champion Dakota Moore has signed with King College in Bristol, TN and will begin competing next year after redshirting this season...Men’s Tennis: Former NJCAA All-American Steve Suboleski signed a scholarship to compete at Monmouth University and recently finished a strong fall season for the Hawks...Women’s Tennis: Former Roadrunner All-Americans Amanda Berry and Sarah Wilkins recently completed their first seasons under scholarship at Caldwell College...Another former All-American Stephanie Krupa has joined the coaching staff at Richard Stockton College

If you have information for the news and notes section, please email it to Brian Rowan at browan@gccnj.edu

NEW on the GCC Athletics Website: Complete list of GCC Sports Hall of Fame Members Expanded coverage of the Roadrunner Classic Men’s Basketball Tournament hosted by Gloucester County College COMING SOON on the GCC Athletics Website: Complete list of all Gloucester County College NJCAA All-Americans Spring Sports Schedules Complete coverage of the winter sports seasons

For the most up-to-date information on the Gloucester County College Athletic Programs visit our website at gccnj.edu/athletics and “Like” our Facebook Fan Page at facebook.com/gccathletics. Roadrunner Program Highlights Gloucester County College athletic teams have won sixteen NJCAA National Championships and GCC athletes have earned individual national championships on forty-six different occasions. Forty one teams have finished in the top three in the nation and over 250 Roadrunner athletes have been named as NJCAA All-Americans. Gloucester County College offers a comprehensive 13-sport athletic program for men and women. As a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association, GCC competes in Region XIX and the Garden State Athletic Conference. Gloucester County College was awarded the prestigious CAANJ Cup, which recognizes the best overall two-year college athletic program in the state of New Jersey, for the years of 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2001-02, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10.

Director of Athletics — Ronald H. Case Asst. Director of Athletics — Brian Rowan Office of Athletics Phone: (856) 415-2207 Fax: (856) 468-0280 The Office of Athletics is located in the Physical Education Building behind the gym.

Roadrunner Newsletter 1.3  

The Gloucester County College Athletic Department Newsletter.

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