Warwick, R.I. – December 7, 2015: The CCRI indoor track team traveled to Boston, MA to compete in the UMass-Boston Indoor Open. This was a non-team scoring meet nut there were many great individual performances for CCRI.
The performance of the day goes to Sophomore Lee Mandanici (Medina, OH) placing 12th in the 400m dash in a time of 53.28 seconds. Mandanici also placed 29th in the 200m dash with a time of 24.01 seconds. Freshman Kody Sankey (Cumberland, RI) ran a great 1,000m run placing 11th in a time of 2 minutes 51.38 seconds. Sankey also ran the mile while losing one of his shoes 300m into the race still managed to muscle through the race placing 29th in a time of 5:04.22.
Other good efforts for the day were put out by the Knights Connor Williamson (West Warwick, RI) placed 21st in the 60m hurdles in a time of 9.80 seconds. Williamson also placed 18th in the Long Jump with a 5.98m effort. Jared Gruslin (North Smithfield, RI), in his first ever college track meet, placed 15th in the 1,000m run with a time of 3:05.36. Ian Fletcher (Lincoln, RI) placed 27th in the 800m run with a time of 2:39.83.
The sole Lady Knight runner Nina Perez (Providence, RI) placed 103rd in the 200m with a time of 33.53 and 39th in the 400m race with a time of 1:23.74. Head Coach Gregg Cornell commented “Both races were good efforts for Perez running in her first ever meet of any kind while showing great promise as a track athlete.”
Coach Cornell added about the team: “The athletes held their own in this first of the season meet. We have five months of track and field ahead of us. Our goal in this program is to develop the athletes to improve throughout the season. Now we have a starting point from which to work.”
The next meet for the Knights will be after the New Year, Saturday January 9th when they travel to Roxbury Crossing, MA to compete in the Roxbury Tiger Open.
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.