01.26.13: The CCRI indoor track team pulled double duty on Saturday as some members went to Boston University to compete in the BU Terrier Invitational and some went to Wesleyan to compete in their fourth seasonal meet.
At the Boston University Terrier Invitational in Boston Steven Vazquez (Central Falls, RI) won the High Jump with a tremendous CCRI record leap of 2.05 meters (or 6 feet 8.75 inches). This broke his previous CCRI record of 2.03m (or 6’8”), at the Roxbury Meet. This was a big win for Vasquez at a highly-competitive Invitational that featured many Division I, II, and III NCAA teams from all over the Northeast and beyond. There were also a large number of elite competitors go to this meet. Bobby Allen (Cranston, RI) placed 15th in the mile run with and incredible CCRI record time of 4:06.62 securing his number 1 ranking in the NJCAA performance list in that Mile run. Allen won his heat wire-to-wire and one might wonder how well he would have done if he were in the first finals heat which was run at a blistering pace. In the first heat 10,000 meter Olympic Silver Medalist Galen Rupp (USA) ran a 3:50.59, the firth fastest Mile ever. Also making the trip to bean town was Daniel Duquette (North Attleboro, MA) who reset his own CCRI record in the 800m going below the 2:00 mark placing 82nd with an excellent time of 1:59.85 only .19 seconds off the NJCAA national championship qualifying time of 1:59.66. All in all these were great performances by all three CCRI Athletes at this elite-level indoor track meet.
While those three men were doing their thing up in Boston the rest of the team was competing at the Wesleyan No. 4 Invite in Middletown, CT. Leading the way for the Knights at Wesleyan was David Palkovic (Middletown, RI) who placed 2nd in the 5,000m with a career-best time of 16 minutes 54.42 seconds. Jordan Barbosa (Warwick, RI) placed 4th in the High Jump with a 1.77m leap. Barbosa came back to place 4th in the 200m as well with a time of 24.33 and also 4th in the 60mh with a time of 9.43 in the finals while running a 9.15 second time in the prelims. Thrower Colin Cabral (Cumberland, RI) placed 7th in the shot put with an 11.77m heave and Kevin Redmond (South Kingstown, RI) placed 8 with an 11.55m effort. Ryan Rotondo (Cranston, RI) finished 4th in the 60m dash in a time of 7.39 seconds. Joseph Gareri (Uxbridge, MA) placed 12th in the 800m with a season-best time of 2:37.07. Carlos Diaz (Smithfield, RI) placed 8th in the 200m with a time of 24.55 and then placed 16th in the 60m dash in a time of 7.65.
For the Lady Knights Cassandra Gustafson (Pawtucket, RI) placed 9th in the Shot Put with a 7.82m toss. Olivia Emerick (Cranston, RI) placed 7th in the 800m with a season-best time of 2:45.61and also placed 8th in the 200m dash with a time of 30.50. Rounding out the CCRI athletes at Wesleyan was Meagan Shanley (Warwick, RI) who placed 7th in the 600m with a time of 2:42.76.
The next meet for the Knights will be this Saturday January 2nd when they will travel to Kingston, RI to compete in the URI Coaches Tribute Meet beginning at 11am.
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