FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

March 9, 2016

 

CUMMINS & BRUNELLE NAMED LITTLE EAST CONFERENCE FIELD ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

Providence, R.I.-Rhode Island College senior Edward Cummins (Lincoln, RI) was named the Little East Conference Menís Field Athlete of the Year and freshman Melanie Brunelle (Warwick, RI) was named the Little East Conference Womenís Field Athlete of the Year and Rookie Field Athlete of the Year for their respective performances during the 2015-16 indoor track & field season.

 

Both Brunelle and Cummins will be competing at the NCAA Div. III Indoor Track & Field championships held in Grinnell, Iowa, on Friday and Saturday Mar. 11-12.

 

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.

 

 

 Freshman Melanie Brunelle

 

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).

 

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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