Warwick, R.I. – February 22, 2016: The CCRI indoor track team traveled to Harvard University in Boston, MA to compete in the US Indoor Track & Field New England Championships. Three Knights moved into the Top 01 in their respective disciplines at the events they were: Lee Mandanici (Medina, OH), Connor Williamson (West Warwick, RI) and Kody Sankey (Cumberland, RI).
Three Knights put forth their best efforts of the season and broke into the Top 10 in their respective events at Sundays USATF New England Championships. These Knights were led by Lee Mandanici who was running in his final Indoor meet as a Knight placing seventh in the 400 meter run with a time of 52.34 seconds which was a season-best effort. He returned to place 23rd in the 200m with a time of 24.54 seconds also a Top 10 effort. Leaper and sprinter Connor Williamson also competing in his final indoor meet placed 9th in the Long Jump with a 5.99m (19’-08.00”) effort. Connor came back to run the 200m dash placing 36th in a time of 25.42 seconds both Top 10 efforts. Rounding out the performers who broke into the Top 10 was Kody Sankey who placed 10th in the 800m race with a time of 2 minutes 3.09 seconds.
Other CCRI athletes competing included Nina Perez (Providence, RI) and Ian Fletcher (Lincoln, RI). Fletcher placed 43rd in the 200m dash in 29.67 seconds and 38th in the 400m in 1 minute 6.53 seconds. Perez placed 24th in the 60m dash in 9.41 seconds. She also placed 25th in the 400m in 1:18.09. Perez capped her day with a career-best time in the 200m dash of 32.34 seconds to place her 32nd.
Head Coach Gregg Cornell commented after the meet “It was a nice effort by all athletes and they look forward to the Outdoor season witch kicks off the last Weekend of March at the Bridgewater State Bears Invitational.”
This was the final meet for CCRI in the Indoor season. CCRI will be in action Saturday March 26th when they travel to Bridgewater, MA to compete in the Bridgewater State University Bears Invitational beginning at 10:00am.
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.