Warwick, R.I. – July 16, 2009: The CCRI Knights track & field team traveled to Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT to compete in the Wesleyan University Elmer Swanson Invitational Meet Saturday. Many CCRI participants put forth season and career best efforts as the Knights approach the NJCAA DIII Track & Field National Championships.
Leading CCRI was Connor Williamson (West Warwick, RI) who won in the Long Jump competition with his best effort of the season at 6.08m. Also having an excellent meet was Lee Mandanici (Median OH) who placed 6th in the 200m with a career-best time of 23.00 seconds. Mandanici also placed 5th in the 400m with a time of 53.17 seconds. Kody Sankey (Cumberland, RI) ran a career-best time of 16 minutes 33.59 seconds for an 8th place finish. Also winning his event was Mike Dutka (Chepachet, RI) won the 3,000m Steeple Chase with a NJCAA Division III qualifying time of 11:41.22.
Continuing the successful day for the Knights was Giovanni Colon (Providence, RI) who placed 16th in the 100m dash in a time of 12.31 seconds. Colon returned to place 18th in the 200m dash in a season best-time of 24.91 seconds. In addition, Giovanni also had a season-best leap in the Long Jump of 5.57m placing him 4th overall. Ian Fletcher (Lincoln, RI) placed 15th in the 800m in a time of 2:30.45.
For the Lady Knights thrower Alicia Moran (Warwick, RI) placed 7th in the Shot Put with a toss of 7.67m. Moran returned to place 5th in the Hammer with a throw of 29.25m.
Head Coach Gregg Cornell commented after the Meet: “Individually the Knights and Lady Knights are bringing great efforts together at the right part of the season. With only two weeks till the NJCAA III Championships things are looking good for a few of these athletes.”
The next meet for CCRI will be this Sunday May 1st when they travel to Regis College in Weston, MA to compete in the Regis Pride Classic Invitational beginning at 10:00am.
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.