April 29, 2009



Providence, RI-Senior Kayla Fleming (Pawtucket, RI) received Rhode Island Collegeís Helen M. Murphy award at the Collegeís annual Cap and Gown ceremony on Wednesday, April 29.  The award is based not only on athletic prowess, but also values community and campus involvement and honors an outstanding Rhode Island College senior woman athlete.


Fleming is one of the top student-athletes at Rhode Island College and has left her mark on three sports during her outstanding career as an Anchorwoman.



 Kayla Fleming Accepts the 2009 Rhode Island College Helen M. Murphy
Award from Director of Athletics Donald E. Tencher


She has qualified for the NCAA Division III Womenís Indoor Track and Field Championships twice, attaining All-American status with a seventh place, 1.61m leap in the high jump this past March. Fleming was named the 2009 Little East Conference Womenís Field Athlete of the Year. Over the course of her outstanding indoor career, she has been the Div. III New England and the New England Alliance Champion in the high jump, as well as earning numerous All-ECAC, All-New England and All-Alliance honors in several events. Fleming is currently the programís indoor record-holder in the high jump (1.71m) and the 800 meters (2:28.04).


Her success hasnít been confined to the indoor arena, as she has been equally successful outdoors. Fleming went to the NCAA Div. III Championships as a sophomore in 2007 and has provisionally qualified for the upcoming 2009 Championships, having already broken her own record in the high jump with 1.70m-effort at the New England Alliance Championships on April 25. She has earned numerous All-ECAC, All-New England and All-Alliance honors in several events over the past few years.


Fleming has been named both programsí MVP during her career.




She recently concluded a three-year career on the pitch for RICís womenís soccer team. Fleming starred as a midfielder her first two years and played defense this past fall. She played in 61 career games, starting 38 of them, totaling 72 shots, five goals and six assists for 18 points. In 2008, Fleming reached career highs in goals (three) and equaled her previous best point total (eight).


Speaker Thomas Murphy and the Rhode Island House of Representatives have twice named her a Distinguished Scholar-Athlete. She is an elementary education major with a concentration in special education and a 2005 graduate of Tolman High School.


She will be honored in early May with the RIAIAW Distinguished Student-Athlete Award, which she will be receiving for the second time.



The Murphy Award was established in 1979 and sponsored by the faculty of the Henry Barnard School to honor an outstanding Rhode Island College senior woman athlete. The award is named for Helen M. Murphy, a graduate of Rhode Island College in 1939, who was a member of the faculty for 38 years and taught at the Henry Barnard School, beginning in 1941, until her retirement in 1979.