FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

April 29, 2017

 

MELANIE BRUNELLE WINS TWO EVENTS
AT N.E. ALLIANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Westfield, Mass.-Rhode Island College sophomore Melanie Brunelle (Warwick, RI) captured two Little East Conference titles as the women's indoor track and field team competed at the 2017 New England Alliance Championships, hosted by Westfield State on Saturday afternoon.

 

RIC finished second (seven teams) in the Little East with a team score of 113.0. Southern Maine won the team title with a score of 188.0.

 

Brunelle earned N.E. Alliance honors in three events, finishing first in both the high jump (1.57m) and triple jump (11.76m), to go along with a fourth place finish in the long jump (5.3m). She also finished eighth in both the 100m hurdles (16.53) and the 400m hurdles (1:10.02). Her effort in the triple jump was a new Little East record for the outdoor championships.

 

 

Sophomore Melanie Brunelle

 

Junior Destinee Barrette (Warwick, RI) earned N.E. Alliance honors (and was the Little East champion) in two events. She finished first in the hammer (52.53) with a new program record and was first in the discus (33.10m). She also placed 11th in the shot (10.23m). Her effort in the hammer was also a new Little East record for the outdoor championships.

 

 

Junior Destinee Barrette

 

Sophomore Margaret McCaffrey (East Greenwich, RI) earned N.E. Alliance honors (and was the Little East champion) in the the 3,000m steeplechase with a first place finish (12:23.60). She also placed 22nd in the 800m (2:34.68).

 

 

Sophomore Margaret McCaffrey

 

Sophomore Eleni Grammas (Cranston, RI) earned N.E. Alliance honors in two events. She placed third in the 100m (12.30) with a new program record and finished fourth in the 200m (25.79).

 

 Freshman Oluwafunmibi Yusuff (Providence, RI) earned N.E. Alliance honors in the hammer with a fourth (45.28m) place finish. She also placed eighth in the shot (10.88m) and ninth in the discus (29.21m).

 

 

 Freshman Oluwafunmibi Yusuff

 

In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will compete at the 2017 New England Div. III Championships, hosted by Williams on Saturday, May 6.

 

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