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Vazquez and Duquette shine at USATFNE Championships!
The CCRI Knights track team traveled to Harvard University in Cambridge, MA to compete in the United States of America Track and Field New England (USATFNE) Championships on Sunday. There was no team scoring but individual performance standards were improved upon.
Leading the way for the Knights was Steven Vazquez (Central Falls, RI) who won the High Jump event with a 2.03 meter (or 6’8”) leap. Also performing very well was Daniel Duquette (North Attleboro, MA) reset the CCRI 800m record he had set earlier in the season with a NJCAA National qualifying time of 1 minute 58.00 seconds. Other top Knights’ performers included Colin Cabral (Cumberland, RI) who placed 9th in the shot put with an 11.77m (or 38’ 7.50”) toss. Kevin Redmond (South Kingstown, RI) followed Cabral placing 10th in the shot put with an 11.14m (or 36’ 6.75”) toss. Sprinter Ryan Rotondo (Cranston, RI) placed 10th in the 60m dash with a time of 7.42 seconds and came back to run his best 200m dash of the season, placing 14th with a time of 24.04 seconds. Middle-distance specialist Bobby Allen (Cranston, RI) placed 10th in the Mile in a time of 4:20.40. Jumper and sprinter Jordan Barbosa (Warwick, RI) placed 10th in the High Jump with a 1.78m (or 5’10”) leap then placed 30th in the 400m dash in a time of 54.62 seconds. Rounding out the Knights performers was Joseph Gareri (Uxbridge, MA) placed 39th in the 400m dash with a time of 1:05.00.
On the women’s side Olivia Emerick (Cranston, RI) placed 19th in the 200m dash in a time of 29.20 seconds and 22nd in the 400m dash in a time of 1 minute 6.19 seconds. Also for the Lady Knights, Cassandra Gustafson (Pawtucket, RI) placed 14th in the shot put with an 8.81m (or 28’11”) toss.
The CCRI indoor track team looks forward to the NJCAA National Championships March 1st -3rd at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX.
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.