Former CCRI standout and nine-time All-American, Bobby Allen (Cranston, RI), who holds multiple CCRI cross country, indoor and outdoor track records was at it again. This time, Allen broke a record running for his new school UMass-Lowell.
Saturday January 25th the UMass-Lowell River Hawks competed at the John Thomas Terrier Invitational at Boston University. At that meet Bobby Allen broke the River Hawks Mile record as he ran a blistering 4 minute 2.58 second mile time to break the previous River Hawks’ record of 4:04.98 time of Angus MacDonald set in 2012. Allen’s coach Gary Gardner commented “It was the best race he as ever run. We came up with a game plan and he followed it to perfection. When the race was over he said he could run faster.” Coach Gardner believes Allen can run a sub 4-minute mile “Everything has to work out just right, but he is capable of doing it…He is extremely fit and really, really tough and not afraid of anybody.”
Bobby was a four-time NJCAA Indoor Track National Champion: twice in the Mile run and twice in the 3,000 meter run. Allen also holds the CCRI record in the Mile of 4 minutes 6.62 seconds which he set last year on the same track and the same meet at Boston University.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls 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.