Warwick, R.I. – October 3, 2016: The CCRI Knights cross country team hosted 12 four year and two year institutions for the CCRI Tri-State Invitational on Saturday morning on the CCRI Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. In the men’s 8k race the first place team was Worcester State College with 37 points while the Knights finished in sixth place with 146 points. The individual race winner on the men’s side was Adam Bachs of Johnson & Wales University in a time of 27 minutes 57.2 seconds.
Leading the way for the Knights was sophomore Captain Kody Sankey (Cumberland, RI) who ran great with a seventh place finish in a time of 29:25.40. Considering the running conditions with intermittent rain and muddy course, this was an excellent time for Sankey. Following Kody in for the Knights was sophomore Mike Dutka (Chepachet, RI) who placed 27th in a time of 31:21.7. Danny Elliott (North Attleboro, MA) placed 32nd in a time of 31:39.21, followed by Tim Chambers (Cranston, RI) with a time of 31:51.7 which placed him 35th. The final two Knights runners to finish were Ian Fletcher (Lincoln, RI) placed 68th in a time of 39:13.9 and Michail Trigo placing 72nd in a time of 41:59.2.
Head Coach Gregg Cornell commented after the race: “Kody’s race was exceptional with one of the best finishes for a Knight at this home event in years. Mike, Danny and Tim placed well in the middle of the pack. Ian and Michail helped round out a solid team effort. The course was completely saturated because of heavy rain and the course featured three 400m hills and numerous tight turns that slowed all the athletes down and created a proving ground for toughness. However, the Knights held their own.”
The Tri-State invitational also had a 5k women’s race which was individually won by Victoria Varone of Salve Regina in 20:21.94. Varone was followed by three of her teammates: Cianna Lynch, Alex Demeo and Taylor Ricker leading Salve to the team victory with 23 total points beating out Eastern Connecticut who also did very well with 39 total points.
The next meet of the Knights will be in two weeks when they travel to Emmanuel College in Boston for the Emmanuel College Saints Invite Friday October the 14th 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.