Warwick, R.I. – May 9, 2016: The Knights and Lady Knights traveled to the NJCAA Division III Track and Field Championships at Westfield State University. CCRI had three student-athletes: Alicia Moran (Warwick, RI), Kody Sankey (Cumberland, RI) and Mike Dutka (Chepachet, RI) put forth either season-best or career-best efforts at the Championships
The Women’s meet was won by Suffolk County College with 156.5 while CCRI placed 17th with five total points. Alicia Moran placed 4th in the hammer with her season-best toss of 31.48m (103’-03”) to garner CCRI five points. Moran also placed 11th in the discus with a season-best throw of 21.97m 72-01. Nina Perez (Providence, RI) also did well placing 15th in the 800m run in a time of 2 minutes 49.43 seconds.
Catonsville came right back at the Knights and scored six runs in the bottom of the first to take a 6-4 lead after one. In the fourth, both teams added a run as the Knights got theirs on an RBI single from Mercado. Catonsville added three more runs in the sixth to push the lead to10-5. The Knights finally added one more in the ninth to make it 11-6, but there would be no big comeback in this game as they took the loss.
The Men’s meet was also won by Suffolk County College with 135.5 points while CCRI placed 18th with 11 total points. Kody Sankey ran a career-best time in the 1,500m run placing third in an impressive time of 4:11.88 to get the Knights six points. Sankey then came back two hours later to place fifth in the 5,000m run in a time of 17:10.15 to earn the Knights four points. Mike Dutka placed 8th in the 3,000m Steeplechase in a career-best time of 11:27.69 for the final point for CCRI’s total on 11 for the Championships. Dutka also placed 9th in the 10,000m run in a time of 38:12.47. Sprinter and leaper Connor Williamson (West Warwick, RI) placed 16th in the Long Jump with a 5.86m (19’2.75”) effort and placed 14th in the 110m hurdles with a time of 18.17 seconds.
CCRI Head Coach Gregg Cornell commented after the Championship: “It is nice to see some career best and season best performances at the last event of the season. It was a great job by Kody (Sankey), Alicia (Moran) and Mike (Dutka) placing so highly at the National Championships!”
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.