Athlete of the Month: Najah Whitfield ’16
May 4, 2015
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Over her past three years here at Mercy, Najah Whitfield ’16 has blossomed into Mercy’s premier Track and Field star, showing leadership, dedication, and skill. Since freshman year she has broken four school records, not to mention numerous races won at meets.
During her Outdoor Track season in her sophomore year, she broke the records for the 110m high hurdles and 300m low hurdles. In her Indoor season of her junior year, she broke the records for the 55m hurdle and, with a “dream team” of Brea McAlily ’16, Alexa Walker ’16, and Daria Ross ’16, beat the school 4×200 relay record. Whitfield’s Outdoor season for 2015 is already off to a great start, as she’s already shattered her own 2014 high hurdles record. According to her coach, Kelsey Donohue, her achievements are no coincidence: “Her speed is something that is one of a kind and her hurdling technique is also the best I have seen in our conference”
Whitfield is not only technically proficient, but she is also a leader on her team. Samantha Grace ’16, a member of both the Indoor and Outdoor Track teams says Whitfield “works really hard at practice, and she encourages others.” She was a captain for her 2015 Indoor season and is a captain for the 2015 Outdoor season. Her teammate, Camille Smith ’17, says Whitfield is “really helpful and patient… I’ve been trying to do hurdles and she’s really helpful showing me and the other girls [sic] how to do it so we don’t get hurt.” Donohue says that Whitfield is “an outstanding captain and role model.” Donohue also notes that Whitfield “is a very committed athlete, showing up to practice every day on time and ready to run.”