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April 26, 2017

 

EDWARD CUMMINS RECEIVES THE
JOHN E. HETHERMAN AWARD

Providence, R.I.-Rhode Island College senior Edward Cummins (Lincoln, RI) received the John E. Hetherman Award at the college’s annual Cap and Gown ceremony on Wednesday morning.

 

The award is based not only on athletic prowess, but also values community and campus involvement. The student who receives the Hetherman Award must be a male student-athlete who participates in intercollegiate athletics, a good student and has demonstrated interest and participation in campus activities.

 

 

 

As a senior during the 2016 outdoor season, Cummins captured the National Championship and earned All-American honors by finishing first in the hammer (62.19m; season-best/program record) at the NCAA National Championships on May 26-28. He finished second in the hammer (61.15m) at the N.E. Open Championships on May 13. Cummins earned All-N.E. honors with a first place finish in the hammer (57.86m), while also finishing 14th in the discus (39.94m), at the N.E. Div. III Championships on Apr. 5-7. He earned a trio of N.E. Alliance honors, finishing first in the hammer (60.26m), fifth in the shot (13.75m; season-best) and sixth in the discus (39.62m) at the N.E. Alliance Championships on Apr. 30. Cummins finished first in the hammer (57.94m), third in the discus (42.03m; season-best) and sixth in the shot (13.10m) at the Sean Collier Invitational on Apr. 23. He finished first in the hammer (57.65m), fifth in the discus (40.36m) and seventh in the shot (13.26m) at the Silfen Invitational on Apr. 16. Cummins finished first in the hammer (60.10m) and seventh in the discus (39.48m) at the Yellow Jacket Invitational on Apr. 9. He finished first in the hammer (57.80m), third in the discus (40.84m) and seventh in the shot (12.55m) at the Coast Guard Invitational on Apr. 2.

                                                                                   

During the 2015-16 indoor season, he was named the Little East Conference Men’s Field Athlete of the Year. Cummins finished 12th in the weight throw (17.00m) at the NCAA National Championships on Mar. 11-12. He finished first in the weight throw (19.28m; season-best) at the Tufts Last Chance Meet on Mar. 4. Cummins finished second in the weight throw (19.22m) at the N.E. Open Championships on Feb. 27. He earned All-New England honors, finishing first in the weight throw (18.57m) at the 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 N.E. Alliance Championships on Feb. 13. He finished first in the weight throw (18.76m) at the Scarlet and White Invitational on Feb. 6. Cummins finished seventh in the weight throw (18.65m) and 48th in the shot (12.48m) at the John Thomas Terrier Invitational on Jan. 29-30. He finished fourth in the shot (12.35m) at the Wesleyan Invitational on Jan. 24. Cummins finished first in the weight throw (17.74m) and second in the shot (13.02m) at the Coast Guard Invitational on Jan. 16. He finished second in the weight throw (18.57m) and 16th in the shot (12.73m) at the Jay Carisella Invitational on Dec. 12. Cummins finished first in the weight throw (17.69m) and fourth in the shot (13.07m; season-best) at the Springfield Invitational on Dec. 5. He was named the Little East Conference Field Athlete of the Week five times on the year.

 

 

 

During the 2015 outdoor season, Cummins earned All-American honors with a sixth place finish in the hammer (59.12m; season-best) at the NCAA National Championships on May 21-23. He earned All-ECAC accolades with a sixth place finish in the hammer (57.23m) at the ECAC Championships on May 14-15. Cummins earned All-New England honors, finishing fourth in the hammer (58.54m) at the N.E. Div. III Championships on Apr. 30-May 2. He earned a trio of N.E. Alliance honors, finishing first in the hammer (56.82m), seventh in the discus (40.13m) and eighth in the shot (13.39m; season-best) at the N.E. Alliance Championships on Apr. 25. Cummins placed first in the hammer (57.66m) and sixth in the discus (39.21m) at the Eric Loeschner Invitational on Apr. 18. He finished first in the hammer (58.20m) and ninth in the discus (40.81m; season-best) at the Brown Invitational on Apr. 11. Cummins finished first in the hammer (51.40m), sixth in the discus (38.30m) and 11th in the shot (11.93m) at the Corsair Invitational on Apr. 4. He finished second in the hammer (55.26m) and sixth in the discus (35.79m) at the Coast Guard Invitational on Mar. 28.

 

During the 2014-15 indoor season, Cummins placed ninth in the weight throw (18.46m) at the NCAA National Championships on Mar. 13-14. He placed first in the weight throw (18.92m; season-best) at the Tufts Last Chance Meet on Mar. 6. Cummins placed fifth in the weight throw (18.19m) at the N.E. Open Championships on Feb. 28. He earned All-New England honors with a third place finish in the weight throw (18.05m) at the N.E. Championships on Feb. 21. Cummins earned N.E. Alliance honors and took home the Alliance Championship in the weight throw (18.44m), while also placing 10th in the shot (12.70m), at the Alliance Championships on Feb. 14.  He placed second in the weight throw (17.74m) and 10th in the shot (12.68m) at the Scarlet and White Invitational on Feb. 7. Cummins placed seventh in the weight throw (17.47m) and 39th in the shot (12.26m) at the John Thomas Terrier Invitational on Jan. 30-31. He placed first in the weight throw (16.82m) and third in the shot (12.32m) at the Wesleyan Invitational on Jan. 24. Cummins placed first in the weight throw (18.35m) and third in the shot (12.84m) at the Coast Guard Invitational on Jan. 17. He finished 19th in the shot (12.61m) at the Yale Invitational on Jan. 10. Cummins finished second in the weight throw (17.34m) and 25th in the shot (12.40m) at the Jay Carisella Invitational on Dec. 13. He finished second in the weight throw (17.17m) and sixth in the shot (12.93m; season-best) at the Springfield Invitational on Dec. 6. Cummins was a two-time Little East Field Athlete of the Week honoree during the season.

 

During the 2014 outdoor season, Cummins placed 15th in the hammer (55.13m) at the 2014 NCAA Div. III Outdoor  Track and Field Championships on May 22-24. He earned All-ECAC honors after finishing fourth in the hammer (54.91m) at the ECAC Championships on May 15-16. Cummins was the N.E. Alliance Champion in the hammer (55.68m; season-best) and also placed seventh in the discus (41.92m; season-best) and 10th in the shot (12.26m) at the N.E. Alliance Championships on April 27. He placed first in the hammer (51.19m), second in the discus (40.07m) and third in the shot (12.22m) at the Silfen Invitational on April 19. Cummins took second in the hammer (52.86m), fifth in the shot (12.21m) and eighth in the discus (38.98m) at the Brown Invitational on April 12. He took first place in the hammer (51.54m) and also placed 10th in the discus (36.86m) and 11th in the shot (12.31m; season-best) at the Corsair Invitational on April 5. Cummins took first place in the hammer (51.97m) and added sixth place finishes in both the shot (12.21m) and the discus (33.08m) at the Coast Guard Invitational on March 29.

 

During the 2013-14 indoor season, Cummins was named the team's MVP. He finished 13th in the preliminary round of the weight throw (17.21m) at the NCAA National Championships held on March 14. He took seventh in the weight throw (17.60m) at the N.E. Open Championships on March 1. Cummins took third place in the weight throw (17.60m) at the N.E. Div. III Championships on Feb. 21-22. He finished first in the Alliance to take the crown in the weight throw and established a new program record (18.34m), while also earning N.E. Alliance honors in the shot (13.45m) with a sixth-place finish at the N.E. Alliance Championships on Feb. 15. Cummins finished 30th in the shot (13.57m; season-best) at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational on Feb. 8. He placed second in the weight throw (16.32m) and ninth in the shot (12.56m) at the Tufts Stampede Invitational on Feb. 1. Cummins finished eighth in the weight throw (16.91m) and 37th in the shot (12.92m) at the John Thomas Terrier Invitational on Jan. 25. He placed first in the weight throw (17.81m) and fourth in the shot (12.97m) at the Coast Guard Invitational on Jan. 18. Cummins placed second in both the weight throw (18.07m) and the shot (12.71m) at the Southern Maine Invitational on Jan. 11. He took second in the weight throw (16.47m) and 11th in the shot (11.93m) at the Jay Carisella Invitational on Dec. 14. Cummins took second place in the weight throw (17.51m), while also finishing 10th in the shot (11.83m) at the Springfield Invitational on Dec. 7.

 

During the 2013 outdoor season, Cummins was named the 2013 Little East Conference Rookie Field Athlete of the Year. He placed 13th in the hammer (50.29m) at the ECAC Championships on May 16-17. Cummins earned All-New England honors in the hammer with a sixth place (52.56m; season-best) finish at the N.E. Div. III Championships on May 4. He earned N.E. Alliance honors and was the Little East Champion with a second place finish in the hammer (50.40m) at the N.E. Alliance Championships on April 27. Cummins also placed 13th in the discus (38.55m; season-best). He placed second in the hammer (50.03m) and 11th in the discus (31.65m) at the Silfen Invitational on April 20. Cummins placed third in the hammer throw (51.75m) and 13th in the discus (36.02m) at the Brown Invitational on April 13. He placed first in the hammer (49.52m), while also placing 10th in the discus (35.67m) and 15th in the shot (11.67m) at the Corsair Invitational on April 6. Cummins placed second in the hammer (48.90m) and seventh in the discus (38.32m) at the Coast Guard Invitational on March 30. Cummins was named the Little East Rookie Field Athlete of the Week five times.

 

During the 2012-13 indoor season, Cummins posted a pair of fourth place finishes in the weight throw with a season-high mark of 15.74m and the shot (11.84m) at the Tufts Last Chance Meet on March 2. He placed 12th in the weight throw (14.41m) at the 2013 N.E. Div. III Championships on Feb. 16. Cummins earned N.E. Alliance honors with a third place finish in the weight throw (15.65m) and also finished 18th in the shot (11.44m) at the N.E. Alliance Championships on Feb. 10. He finished fourth in the weight throw (15.20m) and 13th in the shot with a season-high mark of 12.33m at the Tufts Stampede Invitational on Feb. 2. He placed 28th in the weight throw (13.82m) at the B.U. Terrier Invitational on Jan. 26. Cummins placed 11th in the shot (11.19m) at the Wesleyan Invitational on Jan. 19. He placed second in the weight throw (13.96m) and third in the shot (12.09m) at the Coast Guard Invitational on Jan. 12. Cummins placed second in the weight throw (14.49m) and fourth in the shot (11.60m) at the Southern Maine Invitational on Jan. 5. He placed 22nd in the weight throw (13.62m) at the Harvard Open on Dec. 8. Cummins placed sixth in the weight throw (13.65m) at the Springfield Invitational on Dec. 1. He was named the Little East Conference Field Athlete of the Week twice on the season.

 

Cummins is a radiology major and a 2012 graduate of Lincoln High School.

 

ABOUT THE JOHN E. HETHERMAN AWARD

The Hetherman Award was established in 1958 and sponsored by the RIC class of 1940 to honor its classmate, Jay Hetherman. Mr. Hetherman, while a student, played varsity basketball and baseball for two years. He was also active in the drama club and took part in all “stunt night” activities and major productions. During World War II, Hetherman became a naval aviator, receiving his wings in Jacksonville, Florida in 1942. Approximately one year later, while returning from flying a rescue mission in the South Pacific, Lt. John E. Hetherman crashed and lost his life, leaving an enviable college and service career behind him.

 

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