The CCRI Knights' cross country team traveled to Fort Dodge, IA to compete in the 2013 NJCAA Division I Cross Country National Championship. David Palkovic (Middletown, RI) led the Knights to a 32nd place finish out 39 teams at the Championship. as a team the Knights had 900 total points. The winning team was Central Arizona College with 38 total points.
Palkovic covered the course in a fine time of 27 minutes and 58 seconds for a 108th place finish in a field of 298 runners. Alfredo Depina (Central Falls, RI) was the second Knight to finish with a season-best time of 29:30, to place 197th. Depina was followed by Daniel Duquette (North Attleboro, MA) who also ran a season-best time of 29:38 to place him in 203rd place. Isaiah Hector (Warwick, RI) finished 252nd in a time of 31:08. Britton Laney (Pascoag, RI) placed 262nd in a time of 31:45. Rounding out the Knights' team was Austin White (Woonsocket, RI) who placed 287th in a time of 34:45, and Joseph Gareri (Uxbridge, MA) who placed 292nd in a time of 36:19.
Head Coach Gregg Cornell commented after the Championship: "The Knights held their own in one of the largest fields they have run in this season. This is David Palkovic’s last race as a Knight. He will transfer to either Roger Williams University or Bryant University this spring term. David has been one of the most consistent runners for the Knights and will be missed. Isaiah Hector also ran in his last race as a Knight and will attend Rhode Island College this spring term and will also be missed."
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.