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Allen wins Mile and 3,000m National Championships!
The CCRI Indoor track team was represented by Bobby Allen (Cranston, RI) at the 2012 NJCAA indoor track & field championships at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL. Over 600 athletes from various NJCAA colleges competed at the championships. All participants qualified for the championship meet by reaching the qualifying standard in their respective event. Allen became the National Champion in two events: the 3,000 meter run and the Mile run. He was the first CCRI student-athlete to win two indoor championships at the same meet (Jasmine Jennings won the Hammer and Shot Put in the outdoor track & field championship in 2005). By winning both races he also earns First Team NJCAA All-American honors for both events in indoor track & field. These were Allen’s second and third National Championships and All-American honors as he also won the 2011 NJCAA Division III Cross Country National Championship this past November at Holyoke Community College.
The first event for Bobby Allen at the championship meet was the 3,000 meter run finals, which was held Friday night. Allen won the 3,000 meter run with a time of 8 minutes 34.87 seconds outkicking Sophomore Stanley Kebenei from Iowa Central Community College in the last lap and winning by the narrow margin of just .27 seconds. Kebenei finished second in a time of 8:35.14. Kebenei who came to Iowa Central from Nakura, Kenya entered the race with the fastest time on the 3,000 meter run performance list this year with an impressive 8:10.15 at the Tyson Invitational February 10th. Allen was third on the performance list running a CCRI record time 8:29.27 at the Boston University Valentine Invitational on the same day. Allen’s strategy was to stay with Kebenei for s long as he could and see who had the best final kick which Bobby Allen proved was him. For his efforts Allen becomes National Champion in the 3,000 meter run and First Team All-American.
Allen and Kebenei later faced at the championships on Saturday when they were the top two seeds in the Mile run. Once again Bobby Allen’s finishing kick proved to be too much for the Kenyan Kebenei from Iowa Central. Allen won the Mile run in an impressive time of 4:14.93, outpacing Kebenei by .7 seconds who finished in 4:15.63. Kebenei came into the race as the top seed having the fastest Mile time this year of 4:11.03, narrowly edging the performance of Allen’s CCRI record time of 4:11.79 which he set at Boston University in January. However, head-to-head Allen proved to be the superior runner at the championships as he secured his second Championship and second First Team All-American honor in two days. It wasn’t a lost day for Stanley Kebenei as he was National Champion in the 1,000 meter and 5,000 meter runs.
Head Coach Gregg Cornell commented: “We are all proud and happy for Bobby who continues to rewrite the running history books here at CCRI.”