O’Neill adds two to his cross-country / track and field coaching team in Wahjerjay and Chaudhry
JERSEY CITY, NJ – University of New Jersey City Men’s and Women’s Cross Country / Track and Field Coach Patrick o’neill announced two additions to its coaching staff today, Wednesday, July 21. The first is Wahjerjay Blango, who assumes the role of associate head coach, while Ali Chaudhry ’21 returns to his alma mater as an assistant coach.
Blango comes to Jersey City after spending part of six total seasons from 2015-21 with American International College as a sprinter for their Division II women’s track and field program. Most recently, after returning for her final year of AIC eligibility in 2020-21, she captained the team at the Northeast 10 Conference Championship and was named co-track performer for her efforts after. have won gold in the 200 meters. and the 4×100 meter relay.
“We are delighted to announce the addition of Coach Blango to the staff,” said O’Neill. “She brings with her a wealth of experience in addition to her great energy and passion. Coming from a championship caliber program, she knows what it takes to win at the highest level and is ready to make her mark here. “
Throughout her career with the Yellowjackets, she has racked up several impressive times, but her college personal bests are: 7.87 (60m), 12.50 (100m), 25.23 (200m) and 56.38 (400 m). Off the track, Blango was a 2019 cum laude graduate of AIC with a BSBA in International Business with minors in Economics and Finance. She also received her MBA from American International in 2020. In addition, she was a Graduate Assistant in the College’s Development Education Department in 2019-2020.
A native of Burlington, NJ, Blango graduated from the Burlington County Institute of Technology in 2015.
Chaudhry almost immediately returns to his alma mater as the former NJCU cross country / track captain competed in cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field competitions during his undergraduate studies. He competed in 10 different events as part of the 200m to mile track and field program, as well as the javelin throw and long jump.
Towards the end of his career, he found his place in the middle distance events, as well as the javelin. His best time in the 800m came near the end of the 2019-2020 indoor season (2: 16.90), while his best javelin throw came in his last meeting, the 2021 NJAC Away Championship, with a throw of 29.75 m. On the cross country side, his best 8km time came at the 2019 NJAC Championships at 31: 36.00. In the 5 km, he ran 24: 43.90 earlier that same season.
“Ali is joining our team this fall now as an assistant coach,” said O’Neill. “As an athlete within the program he was a leader on and off the track. In 2018 when we relaunched the track program here he was one of the founding members and was an integral part of that. that we have built. “
A native and resident of Jersey City, Chaudhry graduated with a Bachelor of Fire Science from the NJCU in 2021. Prior to joining the Gothic Knights, he graduated in 2016 from James J. Ferris High School, where he competed in competitions. tennis and football.