03.03.13: Three members of the CCRI indoor track team qualified for the NJCAA Indoor Track National Championships held Friday and Saturday at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. The three CCRI members were: Dan Duquette (North Attleboro, MA) competing in the800m, Steven Vazquez (Central Falls, RI) in the High Jump, and defending Champion in the Mile and 3,000m Bobby Allen (Cranston, RI).
Bobby Allen continues to rewrite middle-distance and distance running record books with a commanding statement at the 2013 NJCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships! Allen defended both his 3,000m and Mile titles by outsprinting Iowa Central’s Tahir Chakisso and a host of very talented runners in the last 500 meters of each event. Bobby ran in the front of the pack in each event waiting patiently for the last 500 meters. At that point he made his decisive move which in each race was not matched by not only Chakisso but the rest of this very talented field.
Allen won the 3,000m race on Friday evening with an impressive 8 minute 32.75 second effort outpacing Chakisso who ran an 8:34.84. Bobby came back on Saturday to won the Mile in 4:15.40 outpacing Chakisso again who ran a 4:18.30. This makes six National Titles for Allen and eight All-American honors for him. Head Coach Gregg Cornell commented “Bobby held tough as a returning event winner and showed a maturity as an athlete running his own race plan for both races. He has made his mark once again representing the CCRI Knights at the National level in classy fashion showing respect for the other runners in his races. Tahir Chakisso is a tough competitor who won the 5k only two hours prior to the 3k which Bobby felt was a great accomplishment for the Iowa Central Athlete.”
Also competing for CCRI was Steven Vazquez and Daniel Duquette. Both men on their first trip to a NJCAA National event competed tough with Vazquez finishing 12th in the High Jump with a 6 foot 6.75 inch leap. Duquette placed 21st in the 800m with a time of 2:00.35. The meet was won by South Plains College with 177 points. CCRI placed tied for 12 out of thirty one scoring teams. The Knights had 20 points.
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.