Cross Country Region XXI Champions
1989 Hall of Fame Inductee
Top Three – Northeast District
CCRI alumnus Gregg Cornell has been the college's cross country coach since 1989. During this time he has coached seven NJCAA Division III All-Americans and more than 25 All-District runners. The men's team has placed in the top three at the North East District Meet five times and in the top ten at the NJCAA Division III Nationals three times.
Cornell has been a runner for more than 30 years. An All-New England cross country runner as a student at CCRI, Cornell is still recognized as one of the best runners in the college's history. He continued to blossom at Bridgewater State College where he earned Division III All-American honors in 1986. His success carried over to marathons, and he became one of the state's best long-distance runners by winning the Cape Cod Marathon in 1995 and the Ocean State Marathon in 1991.
Cornell received special recognition in 1989 when he was inducted into the CCRI Athletic Hall of Fame. His overall competitiveness, knowledge and teaching skills have combined to produce several standout athletes at the college during his coaching career.
Scott Bayha comes to CCRI with 24 years of coaching experience in the Rhode Island Interscholastic League (RIIL). Most recently he coached at Warwick Veterans High School where he served as the boys' cross country coach from 2000 to 2009 and as the boys' outdoor track coach from 1999-2008. During his tenure at Warwick Vets, Bayha led the Hurricanes track team to the RIIL Class B state championship in 2002, 2003, and 2004. The team was the RIIL Class B runner-up in 2000 and 2001 and the state championship runner-up in 2004. Bayha has coached many high school runners that have gone on to compete at Division I colleges, including Auburn, Penn State, University of Kentucky, and Georgia Tech. In addition, he has coached 11 student-athletes who competed for CCRI.
Bob Bayha returns to CCRI as assistant coach of the track team after a three-year hiatus. In addition to coaching at CCRI his many years of coaching experience include stints at St. Mary's Academy Bay View, East Providence High School and Cumberland High School, leading many of his teams to class, division, and state titles. He has been inducted into the Rhode Island Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame, the Rhode Island Track Coaches Hall of Fame and the Cumberland High School Athletic Hall of Fame. In addition, Bayha currently serves as the Director of girls' indoor track for the Rhode Island Interscholastic League.
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