Jerome Luckey knew this day was going to be different. The Onondaga Community College freshman high jumper was getting ready for the NJCAA Track & Field Championships last Friday at Mohawk Valley Community College. “I was warming up and I was just flying over the bar. I was thinking ‘today’s going to be a good day.’”
When the meet started, Luckey made his first jump at 5’9”. The bar kept going up an inch at a time and the freshman Graphic Design major from Monticello High School kept clearing it. The final time he made it over the bar cleanly it was 6’7” above the ground. It was a new personal record, an OCC record and on this day, good enough to earn a national championship in the high jump.
Luckey was one of four Lazers student-athletes to be crowned national championships over the weekend. The Men’s Tennis team competed in the national tournament in Georgia and just missed out on being the best in the country, finishing second overall. During the tourney three different Lazers earned national champion honors. Sophomore Jeremy Attrill was 2nd singles national champion and freshman Ezequiel Martin won 3rd singles. Also, Attrill teamed up with freshman Sebastian Perez to win the national championship for 1st doubles.
This coming weekend OCC’s Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse teams will both be playing for national championships. The Men will play in the national semifinals Saturday at 4 p.m. versus Harford Community College. The winner of that game will play the winner of Nassau CC versus Howard CC for the national championship Sunday at 4 p.m. The Men’s semifinals and finals will be played at Genesee Community College in Batavia.
The Women will play in the national semifinals Saturday at 11:30 a.m. versus Harford Community College. The winner of that game will play the winner of Monroe CC versus Anne Arundel CC Sunday at 12 p.m. for the national championship. The Women’s semifinals and finals will be played at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, MD.