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Allen First Knight to win Cross Country National!
The CCRI men’s cross country team traveled to Holyoke Community College in Holyoke, MA to compete in the 2011 NJCAA DIII Cross Country National Championship. The Knights finished tied for 11th as a team with 290 points. The championship was won by Harper College with 60 points followed by SUNY-Delhi in second with 91 points, third was Mohawk Valley CC with 113 points, Broome CC was fourth with 184 points and Gloucester County College was fifth with 200 points.
The Knights’ Bobby Allen (Cranston, RI) became the first ever CCRI runner to win the Division III Cross Country National Championship race outrunning 154 competitors to completing 8,000 meter course in 25 minutes 23.46 seconds, averaging 5:06.5 per mile. Allen was challenged by Pablo Ramirez of Harper, Cesar Gatete of CC of Allegheny and Chris Burnett of SUNY-Delhi over the first 3,000 meters of the race. At the 4,000 meter mark it was only Allen and Burnett who could handle the five minute per mile pace. Bobby ran away with the win with 400 meter to go pulling of a gigantic surge to which Burnett could not respond. For his efforts he is the individual national champion and earned First Team All-American honors. Following Allen for the Knights was Ben Marino (Warwick, RI) who finished 29thin a time of 27:58.67 followed by Cole Maguire (Foster, RI) finishing 75th in 29:58.12, Isaiah Hector (Warwick, RI) finished 91st in 30:34.25 and rounding out the Knights’ runners was Chris Mann (West Warwick, RI) finishing 122ndin 32:21.00.
Head Coach Gregg Cornell commented after the race: “All the men ran their best at this championship and displayed great sportsmanship over the championship weekend. Bobby Allen can add NJCAA III Champion to his long list of high school titles that he has earned. He ran a great race.”