FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

May 6, 2017

 

ANCHORWOMEN PLACE 12TH AT
NEW ENGLAND DIV. III CHAMPIONSHIPS

Williamstown, Mass.Rhode Island College sophomore Melanie Brunelle (Warwick, RI) earned All-New England honors in three events, while junior Destinee Barrette (Warwick, RI), sophomore Eleni Grammas (Cranston, RI), freshman Jacklyn Xavier (Cumberland, RI) and sophomore Nicole Grammas (Cranston, RI) also picked up All-New England accolades, as the women's outdoor track and field team competed at the 2017 New England Div. III Championships, hosted by Williams on Friday and Saturday, May 5-6.

 

RIC finished 12th (32 teams) with a team score of 19.0. MIT won the team title with a score of 167.0.

 

 

 Sophomore Melanie Brunelle

 

Brunelle took home All-New England honors with a fifth place finish in the triple jump (11.57m) and recorded a seventh place finish in the long jump (5.34m). She also ran the anchor leg of the seventh place 4x100m relay (48.66). In addition, Brunelle tied for 10th place in the high jump (1.55m). She is currently ranked No. 14 in the nation in the triple jump, with the top 22 earning a bid to the NCAA Div. III National Championships at the conclusion of the regular season.

 

 

 Junior Destinee Barrette

 

Barrette earned All-New England honors with a sixth place finish in the hammer (47.54m). She is currently ranked No. 14 in the nation in that event.

 

 

 Sophomore Eleni Grammas

 

Eleni Grammas grabbed All-New England accolades after setting a new program record with a second place finish in the 100m (12.05) and ran the second leg of the 4x100m relay (48.66). She also placed ninth in the 200m (25.52). Grammas is currently ranked No. 13 in the nation on the 100m after breaking the program record for the second consecutive week.

 

 

 Sophomore Nicole Grammas

 

Nicole Grammas earned All-New England honors after running the third leg of the 4x100m relay (48.66). She also finished in 15th place in the 400m (1:00.01).

 

 

 Freshman Jacklyn Xavier

 

Xavier rounded out the All-New England performers for RIC as she ran the lead leg of the 4x100m relay (48.66).

 

Freshman Oluwafunmibi Yusuff (Providence, RI) placed 17th in the hammer (39.28m).

 

"Our women continue to exceed expectations each and every weekend," Head Coach Timothy Rudd said. "They are peaking at the right time of the season. I am excited to see how they will compete next weekend at the open New England Championships."

 

In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will compete at the 2017 New England Open Championships, hosted by Williams on Friday and Saturday, May 12-13.

 

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