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Many high school student-athletes choose to attend junior colleges — or JUCOs — for their post-secondary education. There are a plethora of reasons why a student-athlete would enroll in a junior college and compete in the NJCAA (more on that here).

One of the main reasons is that the NJCAA acts as a stepping stone to the NCAA; student-athletes get the chance to increase their GPA and athletic ability while at junior college, prepping them for future NCAA competition. I got curious so I put together a list of the most decorated track and field athletes to ever go through the NJCAA system:


Leevan Sands

Sands is an outstanding Bahamian triple jumper who is currently an assistant track and field coach at the University of Northern Colorado.

NJCAA Program: Barton Community College, Kansas

NCAA D-I Program: Auburn University

Country of Origin: Bahamas


Daniel Effiong

Daniel Effiong is a retired sprinter, originally from Nigeria.

NJCAA Program: Central Arizona College, Arizona


Country of Origin: Nigeria


  • Gold Medal — 1993 World University Games (100m
  • 1993 World Championship Semi-Final
  • 200m PR: 20.10
  • 100m PR: 9.98

Aaron Armstrong

Aaron Armstrong is a sprinter who competes internationally for Trinidad and Tobago. He has repeatedly made the national team for the 4 x 100m relay and the 200m dash.

NJCAA Program: Barton Community College, Kansas

NCAA D-I Program: University of Florida

Country of Origin: Trinidad and Tobago


  • 6th in the 200m at World Championships in 2005
  • 2nd to Usain Bolt in the 200m at the 2005 Central American and Caribbean Championships
  • 100m PR: 10.03
  • 200m PR: 20.08
  • 400m hurdles PR: 51.68

Boaz Kiplagat Lalang

Boaz Kiplagat has an impressive collection of world-class performances. He ran his 1:42.95 800m personal best in the same race as David Rudisha’s 2010 world record of 1:41.01 in Rieti, Italy. You might also know his brother, Lawi Lalang, who was an iconic NCAA Division I runner for Arizona State University.

NJCAA Program: Rend Lake College, Illinois (*this track and field/XC program has since been discontinued*)

NCAA D-I Program: (N/A)

Country of Origin: Kenya


  • 2nd place to David Rudisha when he broke the World Record in Reiti
  • 7th at the 2008 Olympic Games
  • 800m PR: 1:42.95
  • 1000m PR: 2:14.83
  • Mile PR: 3:52.18
  • 1500m P: 3:35.80


Veronica Campbell-Brown

Veronica is one of the most decorated sprinters Jamaica has ever produced. She is an 8 time Olympic Medalist, 11 time World Championship medalist, and has won multiple international meets, both as a junior and a senior.

Watch her win the 200m event against Allyson Felix and Carmelita Jeter in the 2011 Daegu IAAF World Championship:

NJCAA Program: Barton Community College, Kansas

NCAA D-I Program: University of Arkansas

Country of Origin: Jamaica


  • 8-time Olympic medalist (200m gold in 2004 and 2008)
  • 11-time World Championship medalist
  • 100m PR: 10.76
  • 200m PR: 21.74
  • 400m PR: 52.25

Hyleas Fountain

Fountain is an American heptathlete who made the USA Olympic Team in 2008 and 2012.

NJCAA Program: Barton County CC, Kansas

NCAA D-I Program: University of Georgia

Country of Origin: United States


  • Silver medal — 2008 Olympic Games
  • 4th in the pentathlon at the 2010 IAAF Indoor Championships
  • 1st place at the NCAA D-I National Championships in the heptathlon and long jump.

Janeah Stewart

Janeah Stewart is a shot put, weight throw, discus, and hammer specialist who was a multiple-time NCAA Division I All-American.

NJCAA Program: Iowa Central Community College

NCAA D-I Program: University of Mississippi (A.K.A. Ole Miss)

Country of Origin: United States


  • NCAA Division I National Championship with Ole Miss in the hammer throw
  • 5-time NCAA Division I All-American
  • Hammer PR: 75.43
  • Discus Throw: 56.39
  • Shot Put: 18.03

Sally Kipyego

Sally Kipyego is an American athlete who was born in Kenya and has a very impressive range of world-class performances.

Country of Origin: Kenya

NJCAA Program: South Plains College, Texas

NCAA D1 Program: Texas Tech University


  • Silver medal — 2012 Olympic Games (10,000m)
  • Won three consecutive NCAA Division I National Championships
  • 10,000m PR: 30:26.37
  • 5,000m PR: 14:30.42
  • 1500m: 4:06.23

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