Warwick, R.I. – May 11, 2015: The CCRI men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track Competitors traveled to Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, NY for the NJCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Track and Field National Championships. The Lady Knights were represented well by their sole competitor Haley Beausoleil (Plainfield, CT) who score all 10 on the CCRI points. CCRI finished in 13th place with 10 points and the women’s team Champions were the hosting Hawks of Mohawk Valley CC with 151 points. The Knights’ Men failed to score any team points with the Men’s team Champions being the Broncos of SUNY-Delhi (NY) with 217.5 team points.
CCRI’s star of the meet was Haley Beausoleil who placed 3rd in the Javelin Throw with a toss of 35.02m. The third place finish earned the Lady Knights six points. Beausoleil also holds the CCRI Javelin record which she reset this year at the Silfen Invite with an impressive 37.85 m toss. Haley returned to place 5th in the 400m dash in a season-best time of 1 minute 2.16 seconds to cap a very impressive showing in her second Track & Field Nationals. The fifth place finish earned the Lady Knights four more points to give her 10 total points on the day. Head Coach Gregg Cornell commented “Haley held strong under pressure to have two great performances in her last season as a Lady Knight.”
Other athletes competing well for CCRI at the Nationals included Connor Williamson (West Warwick, RI) who placed 13th in the Long Jump with a jump of 5.51m. Connor returned to place 9th in the 110m hurdles in a season best-time of 16.72 seconds. Middle-distance specialist Britton Laney (Pascoag, RI) placed 14th in the 800m in a time of 2:07.57. Rounding out the CCRI top performers was Lee Mandanici (Medina, OH) who placed 14th in the 400m with a time of 54.40 and placed 32nd in the 200m with a time of 24.00. Overall another impressive showing for CCRI at the 2015 Track & Field Nationals!
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.