04.06.13: The CCRI track & field team traveled UMass-Dartmouth in North Dartmouth, MA to compete in the UMass-Dartmouth Corsair classic Track & field Invitational. As a team the Knights’ men finished 6th out of 14 teams with 49 points with 1st place going to Bridgewater state University with 130 points. On the women’s side the Lady Knights finished 14th out of 14 with 4 points and with winning team was the hosting UMass-Dartmouth squad with 132 points.
Leading the way for the Knights was Bobby Allen (Cranston, RI) who won the 1,500 meter run in a season-best time of 3 minutes 56.32 seconds. Allen came back and ran his best 800m as a CCRI Knight with a winning time of 1:57.52. Also having a great meet was leaper Steven Vazquez (Central Falls, RI) who won the high Jump with a leap of 1.98m. Vazquez also placed 5th in the triple jump with a leap of 12.32m. Also competing in the triple jump was Jordan Barboza-Simpkins (Warwick, RI) who placed 6th with a 12.13m effort. Barboza-Simpkins and Vazquez came back and joined forces with Carlos Diaz (Smithfield, RI) and Ryan Rotondo (Cranston, RI) to place 6th in the 4x100m relay with a time of 46.08 seconds. Distance runner David Palkovic (Middletown, RI) ran very well, placing 4th in the 5,000 meter run with a career-best time of 16:34.97. Newcomer to the Knights Manny Gomes (East Providence, RI) placed 7th in the long jump with a leap of 5.86m while seeing his first action for the Knights’ track team. Rounding out the Knights top performers was thrower Colin Cabral (Cumberland, RI) who placed 7th in the hammer with a toss of 37.34m.
For the women, Cassandra Gustafson (Pawtucket, RI) was the only Lady Knight to score placing 5th in the Javelin throw with a nice toss of 30.52 meters. In all, CCRI brought 18 athletes to the meet and they all placed well, full results can be viewed on Direct Athletics results page here: http://www.directathletics.com/results/track/28687.html
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.