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May 10, 2017

 

MELANIE BRUNELLE NAMED LITTLE EAST CONFERENCE

WOMENíS FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Providence, R.I.-Rhode Island College sophomore Melanie Brunelle (Warwick, RI) was named the Little East Conference Womenís Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year for her performance in outdoor track & field this spring.

 

Brunelle has already racked up a number of conference accolades in just her second season at RIC. She was named the Little East Womenís Indoor Field Athlete of the Year in 2016-17. As a freshman in 2015-16, Brunelle was named the Womenís Outdoor Rookie Field Athlete of the Year, while taking home both the Field and Rookie Field Athlete of the Year awards for the indoor campaign.

 

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) at the N.E. Div. III Championships on May 6. 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.

 

 

 

Brunelle, who was named the teamís MVP last week, 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), at the Alliance Championships on April 29. 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.

 

This spring, she won the triple jump (11.47m), placed second in the long jump (5.26m) and placed first as a member of the 4x100m relay (49.89) at MITís Sean Collier Invitational on April 22.

 

She 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 Connecticut Collegeís 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).

 

She finished first in the triple jump (10.97m), third in the long jump (4.94m) and seventh in the 100m hurdles (16.87) at AICís Yellow Jacket Invitational on April 8.

 

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

 

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