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May 5, 2011

 

RIAIAW HONORS KAYLA DiBLASI

Warwick, RI-Rhode Island College senior Kayla DiBlasi (Smithfield, RI) received a Distinguished Student-Athlete Award from the Rhode Island Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (RIAIAW) at a banquet hosted by the Community College of Rhode Island on Thursday evening.

 

 

 Kayla DiBlasi with Assistant Coaches Timothy Rudd (left)
and Greg Ahnrud (right).

 

DiBlasi epitomizes the definition of a student-athlete, succeeding in both the classroom and in both indoor and outdoor track and field. Over the course of her outstanding career, she has earned 19 N.E. All-Alliance honors, two All-ECAC performances, one All-New England placement and been named the team MVP three times.

 

 

 

She was honored at the Rhode Island State House as a Scholar-Athlete at the annual at a reception held in the House Chamber at the Rhode Island State House on Monday, May 2. DiBlasi is a nursing major and holds a 3.36 grade point average.

 

DiBlasi is the program record-holder in the 500m, 600m, 60m hurdles and as part of the 4x400m relay for the indoor season. She holds the RIC records in the 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles and as part of the 4x400m relay for the outdoor season.

 

As a senior during the 2011 outdoor season, she earned two N.E. All-Alliance honors by winning the 400m hurdles (1:04.49) and by placing fourth in the 100m hurdles (16.13) at the N.E. Alliance Championships on April 30. DiBlasi won both the 100m hurdles (16.90) and the 400m hurdles (1:07.36) at the Silfen Invitational at Connecticut College on April 23. She won the 400m hurdles (1:06.38) and placed second in the 100m hurdles (16.56) at the Swanson Invitational on April 9. DiBlasi won the 400m hurdles (1:06.79) and placed eighth in the 100m (13.75) at the Coast Guard Invitational on April 2. She won the 400m hurdles (1:06.37) and placed 12th in the 100m (13.90) at the Jerry Gravel Classic on March 26.

 

 

 DiBlasi Accepts RIC's Distinguished Student-Athlete Award from the RIAIAW.

 

During the 2010-11 indoor season, she was named the teamís MVP. DiBlasi earned All-ECAC honors in the 500m, placing eighth (1:19:00), while helping the 4x400m relay establish a new program record (4:06.27), at the ECAC Championships on March 5. She established a new program record in the 500m, placing 18th (1:18.34) at the NEICAAA Championships on Feb. 26. DiBlasi established a new program record in the 600m, placing ninth (1:40.55) and finished 28th in the preliminaries of the 55m hurdles (10.04) at the New England Div. III Championships on Feb. 19. She finished ninth in the 200m (27.91) and 10th in the preliminaries of the 55m hurdles (9.27) at the N.E. Alliance Championships on Feb. 12. DiBlasi placed 23rd in the 60m hurdles preliminaries (10.14) and 28th in the 500m (1:21.66) at the Boston University Terrier Invitational on Jan. 29. She finished fourth in the 55m hurdles (9.18) and second in the 400m (1:03.01), both season-best performances, at the Wesleyan Invitational on Jan. 22. DiBlasi won both the 200m (28.39) and the 600m (1:45.75), while finishing third in the 55m hurdles (9.46), at the Coast Guard Invitational on Jan. 15. She won the 600m (1:45.10), while placing fourth in the 55m (9.35) and sixth in the 200m (28.82) at the Southern Maine Invitational on Jan. 8. She placed 20th with a new program record in the 60m hurdles (10.01) and 57th in the 200m (28.32), both season-best performances, at the Harvard Open on Dec. 11. DiBlasi placed third in the 600m (1:45.23) and fourth in the 55m hurdles (9.29) at the Springfield Invitational on Dec. 4.

 

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