Warwick, R.I. – October 17, 2016: The CCRI Knights cross country team traveled to Emmanuel College in Boston, mA top compete in the Emmanuel Saints Invitational on Friday.
This was clearly the best effort of the season for the CCRI Knights at the Saints Invitational. The average time for the team was 29 minutes 43 seconds and the cumulative time was 2:28.21. This is a season-best for the Knights who placed 12th out of 23 teams who participated. In addition, every single Knight either ran a career-best or season-best time over the 8k course at Boston’s Franklin Park.
Knights’ Captain Kody Sankey (Cumberland, RI) led the way with a 31st place finish in 27:57 which was a career best effort! Also running a career-best was Mike Dutka (Chepachet, RI) placing 52nd in the time of 28:52. Danny Elliott (North Attleboro, MA) and Tim Chambers (Cranston, RI) also ran career-best times in the race. Elliott placed 73rd in a time of 29:37 and Chambers placed 83rd in a time of 29:59. In his season opener and first ever cross country race Knights’ newcomer Bernardo Espinal (Johnston, RI) placed 123rd in the time of 32:28. Rounding out the Knights’ effort was Ian Fletcher (Lincoln, RI) placing 163rd in a season-best time of 36:47.
CCRI Head Cross country Coach Gregg Cornell was very impressed with the teams’ effort and commented as such after the race “This team is coming together at the right time with four weeks before the NJCAA Championship. In my opinion, they have been over looked by the coach’s association polling but I strongly feel they should be a top 5 team at the championship. There were great efforts by all the Knights in today’s race. Also the addition of Bernardo Espinal gives the Knights a solid 5th runner which will make all the difference on the way to the Championship. The goal for the next four weeks is to train smart and stay healthy.
The next meet for the Knights will be Sunday the 23rd when they travel back to Franklin Park in Boston, MA to compete in the Mayors Cup Road Race.
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.