04.20.13: The CCRI track & field team traveled to Connecticut College in New London, CT to compete in the Silfen Invitational. The Knights finished fourth as a team with 86 points with the winner being Rhode Island College with 183 points.
The Knights men’s track team had a very good showing at the Silfen Invite at Connecticut College. They were led by Steven Vazquez (Central Falls, RI) who won the High Jump with a leap of 1.98m, he also placed 4th in the Triple Jump with a jump of 12.12m and rounded out his day joining the 4x400m team Jordan Barboza-Simpkins (Warwick, RI), Daniel Duquette (North Attleboro, MA) and Carlos Diaz (Smithfield, RI) to place 4th in with a season-best time of 3 minutes 32.25 seconds. Barboza-Simpkins came back to place second in the High Jump with a season-best leap of 1.88m. Jordan also placed third in the Triple Jump with a season-best 12.69m leap. He finished his day placing sixth in the 400m hurdles with a career-best time of 1:01.26. Dan Duquette placed third in the 800m with his best time this spring of 1:58.03. David Palkovic (Middletown, RI) ran a career-best time in the 10,000m run of 33:49.11 which was his career-best time by 1:11.00. Sprinter Ryan Rotondo (Cranston, RI) ran for second place in the 100m dash with a time of 11.78 seconds. Manny Gomes (East Providence, RI) placed fourth in the Long Jump with a 5.80m leap. Thrower Colin Cabral placed 8th in the Hammer throw with a season-best toss of 39.85m. However, once again, the performance of the day needs to go to Bobby Allen (Cranston, RI) who crushed his own 5,000m record by over 26 seconds with a time of 14:34.08 he returned later in the meet to reset his 1,500m record with a time of 3:54.45.
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.