11.03.12: The CCRI cross country team traveled to Stanley Park in Westfield, MA to compete in the Division I Cross Country Northeast District Championships on Saturday hosted by Holyoke Community College. The Lady Knights had an incomplete team so they did not register a team score. The Knights team finished fourth as a team out of four teams with 79 total points while Gloucester County Community College won men’s team award with 35 total points and women’s team award with 15 total points to sweep the District.
However, it was Bobby Allen (Cranston, RI) who took the individual title with a time of 25 minutes 11.46 seconds to win over the 8k Stanley Park Course. Allen was only challenged over the first 2k by Ansu Sowe of Monroe College who faded quickly once Bobby decided the pace was going to slow for his liking at the 1.7 mile mark. Allen put out a surge which Sowe could not respond to. Allen’s time was the fastest by any junior college runner at this Stanley park 8k course. Also for the Knights David Palkovic (Middletown, RI) ran a personal-best time of 28:22.74 which was good for 8th place. Palkovic beat his personal-best by over 1:14 which is a tremendous accomplishment. The rest of the Knights also ran very well led by Marciano Brunette (Narragansett, RI) placing 26th in a time of 31:32.36, Brandon Paesang (Cumberland, RI) also ran his personal-best placing 38th in a time of 35:33.47 and rounding out the Knights’ effort was Edward Polanco (Woonsocket, RI) running a personal-best of 39:51.94 which was good for 42nd place.
On the women’s side Olivia Emerick (Cranston, RI) was the first lady Knight in the women’s race placing a respectable 15th place in a season best time of 24:58.71. Emerick was followed by Meaghan Shanley (Warwick, RI) who also ran a season-best time of 26:40.69 over the 5k course which was good for 17th place.
Head Coach Gregg Cornell commented after the meet “All the athletes ran well and we look forward to the NJCAA Championship next weekend.”
The CCRI cross country runners will now gear-up for the NJCAA Division I National meet to be held at Rend Lake College in Ina, IL next Saturday. This will be the first time CCRI will compete in the Division I meet after moving up from Division III where they competed last year.
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.