FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

March 7, 2016

 

CUMMINS & BRUNELLE QUALIFY FOR
NCAA TRACK & FIELD NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Providence, R.I.-Rhode Island College senior Edward Cummins (Lincoln, RI) and freshman Melanie Brunelle (Warwick, RI) have qualified to represent the menís and womenís indoor track & field teams at the 2016 NCAA Div. III Indoor Track and Field Championships, held in Grinnell, Iowa, on Friday and Saturday Mar. 11-12.

 

Cummins will compete in the weight throw, while Brunelle will compete in the triple jump.

 

It is the fifth time competing at the NCAA Championships for Cummins (three indoor; two outdoor), where he will look to build on his All-American results in the hammer throw during his junior season with the outdoor track & field squad. 

 

 

 Senior Edward Cummins

 

This season, Cummins earned All-New England honors, finishing first in the weight throw (18.57m) at the 2016 N.E. Div. III Championships on Feb. 19-20. Cummins earned N.E. Alliance honors with a first place finish in the weight throw (18.56m), while also finishing 12th in the shot (12.41m), at the 2016 N.E. Alliance Championships on Feb. 13. Cummins has been named the Little East Conference Field Athlete of the Week five times this season.

 

Brunelle will be competing at her first NCAA Championship. She earned four All-New England honors, finishing first in the high jump (1.68m; program & field house record), first in the triple jump (11.68m; field house record) and fourth in the 600m (1:37.75), while also competing as a member of the first place 4x200m relay (1:44.19; program & field house record) at the 2016 N.E. Div. III Championships Feb. 19-20. Brunelle earned a trio of N.E. Alliance titles, finishing first in the 600m (1:37.12), first in the long jump (5.32m) and first in the triple jump (11.43m), while also earning N.E. Alliance honors with a third place finish in the high jump (1.58m), and a seventh-place effort in the 60m hurdles (9.76).

 

 

 Freshman Melanie Brunelle

 

She nabbed a N.E. Alliance honor by competing as a member of the second place 4x200m relay (1:45.91) at the 2016 N.E. Alliance Championships on Feb. 13. Brunelle has been named the Little East Conference Rookie Field Athlete of the Week nine times this winter.

 

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