03.23.13: The CCRI Track & Field team traveled to Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, MA to compete in the 2013 Bridgewater State University Bears Invitational in their first meet of the season. It was a non-scoring team event but here were many individual highlights for CCRI including setting two new school records.
The CCRI began the season with a bang as they set two new school records sin the first meet of the season. First, Bobby Allen (Cranston, RI) won 5,000m run in new CCRI record time of 15 minutes 1.69 seconds crushing the record he set last year of 15:16.22 by almost 15 seconds. Allen came back later to also win the 1,500m run in a time of 3:58.33, both times qualified him for the NJCAA National Championships. For the Lady Knights, thrower Cassandra Gustafson (Pawtucket, RI) threw the Javelin for a new school record of 35.51m besting the mark of 35.22m set by Michelle McNamee in 2007. Gustafson’s throw placed her 9th. High Jumper Steven Vazquez (Central Falls, RI) placed second in the High Jump with a leap of 1.97m.
Other top ten performances were Jordan Barboza-Simpkins (Warwick, RI) who placed 6th in the Triple Jump with a leap of 12.32m. David Palkovic (Middletown, RI) placed 7th in the 10,000m run with a career-best time of 35:01.76. All together the Knights had 15 athletes competing at the BSU Bears invite for complete results please follow the link to Direct Athletics: http://www.directathletics.com/results/track/27991_1813195.html
The next meet for the CCRI track & field team will be Saturday April 6th when they travel to Dartmouth, MA to compete in the UMass-Dartmouth Corsair Invitational.
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.