FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

May 20, 2017

 

THREE FROM RIC WOMEN’S OUTDOOR
TRACK & FIELD QUALIFY FOR NCAA
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Providence, R.I.- Rhode Island College junior Destinee Barrette (Warwick, RI), sophomore Melanie Brunelle (Warwick, RI) and sophomore Eleni Grammas (Cranston, RI) have qualified to compete at the 2017 NCAA Div. III Women’s Outdoor Track and Field National Championships, hosted by the University of Mount Union at the SPIRE Institute (Geneva, Ohio) on May 25-27. The top 22 individuals in each event in the nation qualify for the national championships.

 

 "I am extremely excited and proud of the three ladies who have qualified for the NCAA Championships," Head Coach Timothy Rudd said. "The many hours in the weight room and on the track have paid true dividends for them. I look forward to seeing Eleni, Destinee and Melanie compete next week in Ohio. I have extreme confidence in their potential to claim All-American status."

 

Barrette will compete in the hammer and is currently ranked No. 16 in the nation in that event. This will be Barrette’s third appearance at the NCAA Div. III Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships. She placed 12th in the hammer (51.15m) as a sophomore in 2015 and finished 22nd in the hammer (45.86m) as a freshman in 2014.

 

 

 Junior Destinee Barrette

 

Barrette captured the Little East Championship and earned N.E. Alliance honors when she set a new program record in the hammer (52.53; season-best) at the Alliance Championships, hosted by Westfield State on April 29. She earned All-New England accolades with a sixth place finish in the hammer (47.54m) at the N.E. Div. III Championships, hosted by Williams on May 5-6. She finished in 11th place in the hammer (50.81m) at the N.E. Open Championships, hosted by Williams on May 12-13. Barrette posted a fourth place finish in the hammer (50.13m) at the MIT Last Chance Meet on May 18.

 

Brunelle, the team’s MVP and Little East Conference Women’s Field Athlete of the Year, qualified for the championships in the triple jump and is currently ranked No. 18 in the nation. This marks the second time Brunelle has qualified for the national championships, as she competed in the triple jump and took home 10th place at the 2016 NCAA Div. III Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championship.

 

 

 Sophomore Melanie Brunelle

 

This spring, Brunelle won the Little East Championship and earned N.E. Alliance honors in the triple jump (11.76m; season-best) at the Alliance Championships, hosted by Westfield State on April 29. She also earned N.E. Alliance honors with a first place finish in the high jump (1.57m) and a fourth place finish in the long jump (5.3m). She grabbed All-New England honors with a fifth place finish in the triple jump (11.57m) at the N.E. Div. III Championships, hosted by Williams on May 5-6. Brunelle also earned All-New England honors as she recorded a seventh place finish in the long jump (5.34m) and ran the anchor leg of the seventh place 4x100m relay (48.66). Brunelle placed 11th in the triple jump (11.27) at the N.E. Open Championships, hosted by Williams on May 12-13 and captured first place in the triple jump (11.49m) at the MIT Last Chance Meet on May 18.

 

 

 Sophomore Eleni Grammas

 

Grammas qualified for the national championships in the 100m and is currently ranked No. 15 in the nation in that event. Grammas earned N.E. Alliance honors with a third place finish in the 100m (12.30) at the Alliance Championships on April 29. She also earned N.E. Alliance accolades with a fourth place finish in the 200m (25.79). She earned All-New England honors in the 100m (12.05) with a second place finish at the N.E. Div. III Championships, hosted by Williams on May 5-6. Grammas placed 14th in the 100m (12.35) at the N.E. Open Championships, hosted by Williams on May 12-13. Grammas broke her own program record in the 100m (12.02; season-best) at the MIT Last Chance Meet on May 18.

 

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