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April 25, 2017

 

MELANIE BRUNELLE HONORED BY THE RIAIAW

Providence, R.I.-Rhode Island College sophomore Melanie Brunelle (Warwick, RI) received a Distinguished Student-Athlete Award from the Rhode Island Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (RIAIAW) at a banquet held at Roger Williams University on Monday, April 24.

 

Brunelle has made an immediate impact on the Anchorwomenís indoor & outdoor track & field programs during the last two seasons. She was recently named the Little East Conference Womenís Indoor Field Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive season. Brunelle was also named the Little East Indoor & Outdoor Rookie Field Athlete of the Year during her freshman campaign in 2015-16.

 

 

 

During the outdoor season this spring, she won the triple jump (11.47m), finished first as part of the 4x100m relay (49.89) and placed second in the long jump (5.26m) at MITís Sean Collier Invitational on April 22. Brunelle won the triple jump (11.22m), finished second in the high jump (1.58m), took third in the long jump (5.54m) and seventh in the 100m hurdles (16.87) at the Silfen Invitational on April 15. She also finished third in the 100m hurdles (15.70) and ran the anchor leg of the 4x100m relay team that posted a second place finish (51.40). Brunelle finished first in the triple jump (10.97m), third in the long jump (4.94m) and seventh in the 100m hurdles (16.87) at the Yellow Jacket Invitational on April 8.

 

During the indoor track & field season this year, Brunelle earned All-New England honors after recording a season-best distance (11.42m) and a fifth place finish in the triple jump at the N.E. Division III Championships on Feb. 24-25. She also earned All-N.E. Alliance honors in five events, winning both the 600m (1:38.14) and the triple jump (11.26m), notching a third place finish in the long jump (5.22m) and a fifth place finish in the high jump (1.52m) at the N.E. Alliance Championships on Feb. 11. She also ran the anchor leg of the 4x200m relay team that took third place (1:47.65) at that event.

 

During her freshman season, Brunelle was named the Little East Conference Outdoor Rookie Field Athlete of the year. She finished third in both the high jump (1.55m) and the triple jump (11.09m), while also competing as a member of the second place 4x100m relay (48.47), at the Salisbury Elite Qualifying Meet on May 19. She earned a pair of All-N.E. honors during the outdoor season, placing third in the triple jump (11.42m; season-best), while also finishing 10th in the 400m hurdles (1:05.73), 13th in the long jump (5.13m) and fifth in the 4x100m relay (48.62) at the N.E. Div. III Championships on Apr. 5-7. Brunelle also earned N.E. Alliance honors in four events, finishing second in the triple jump (11.21m), third in the 400m hurdles (1:05.80), third in the high jump (1.53m) and fourth in the long jump (5.32m; season-best).

 

 

 Melanie Brunelle and Head Women's Track & Field Coach Timothy Rudd

 

Brunelle also excelled during the Indoor Track & Field season in 2015-16 and was named the Little East Conference Womenís Field Athlete of the Year and the Womenís Rookie Field Athlete of the Year. She finished 10th in the triple jump (11.64m) at the NCAA Div. III Womenís Indoor Track and Field National Championships on Mar. 11-12. Brunelle earned four All-New England honors, finishing first in the high jump (1.68m; season-best), triple jump (11.68m; field house record) and the 4x200m relay (1:44.19; field house record), to go along with a fourth place finish in the 600m (1:37.75), at the N.E. Div. III Championships on Feb. 19-20. She also earned a trio of N.E. Alliance titles, finishing first in the 600m (1:37.12; season-best), the long jump (5.32m; season-best) and the triple jump (11.43m) at the N.E. Alliance Championships on Feb. 13.

 

Brunelle is an art education major and owns a 3.70 grade point average.

 

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