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Overseas Athletes Excelling With Monroe College Mustangs

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By: Tito Chapman

Kittitian athletes Ka’Jon Parris, (Freshman) and Shaquille Barzey, (Sophomore) students at Monroe College were apart of the Mustangs team participating in the John Thomas Terrier Classic held in Boston over the weekend, (January 26th – 27th).

Ka’Jon participated in his first collegiate indoor meet. According to Monroe Website, he ran a time of 1:55.64 and secured his spot for the NJCAA Indoor Championships. Parris also ran the 1000m in a time of 2:23.54.

His fellow Kittitian team-mate, Shaquille Barzey made his season debut in the 800-meter race. He clocked a time of 2:04.96 and clocked 2:44.47 in the 1000m, a personal best.

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Both Shaquille and Ka’Jon participated in the relays. Ka’Jon was part of the 4×800 relay foursome that clocked 7:51.64 to qualify for nationals and set a new program record in the relay event. Shaquille’s team also qualified for nationals.

The two Kittitians hail from St. Peter’s and are former graduates of the Washington Archibald High-School.

The athletes are now being coached by Nevisian Shirvon Greene, a former national and CSS athlete. Greene is the Head Cross Country Coach and he specializes in coaching Monroe’s long sprinters, middle distance runners, and cross country runners.

Question To Coach Greene: How does it feel having your fellow country athletes in the Program?

It feels good to have my fellow country athletes apart of the program.

These guys work hard and they are very respectful. All they needed was to be given a chance, great things are happening for them.

Monroe College ranks seventh in the nation. The new rankings are slated to be released this week.

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