February 12, 2011



Gorham, MEóThe Rhode Island College women's indoor track and field team saw seven student-athletes earn a total of eight All-Alliance honors at the 2011 New England Alliance and Little East Conference Championships hosted by the University of Southern Maine on Saturday.


The New England Alliance is a combination of competitive track teams from the Little East and Massachusetts State College (MASCAC) conferences. As a team, the Anchorwomen placed seventh out of 10 teams in the Alliance with 47.0 points and fourth out of six teams in the Little East Conference with 70.0 points. The University of Southern Maine won both the Alliance and Little East championships, with point totals of 162 and 214, respectively.



 Sophomore Kim Mangum


            Sophomore Kim Mangum (Warwick, RI) was the highlight of the RIC contingent as the only Anchorwoman to win an event with her 10.68m showing in the triple jump.  Mangum earned N.E. All-Alliance honors again with a third place leap in the long jump (5.15m). She also placed 15th in the high jump (1.43m).



 Freshman Jessica Graham


Freshman Jessica Graham (Wakefield, RI) earned a pair of N.E. All-Alliance finishes by placing fourth in the pole vault (2.76m) and eighth in the 800m (2:29.12). She also finished 13th in the 55m hurdles (9.65).



 Senior Katie Desrosiers


            Senior Katie Desrosiers (Warwick, RI) had the lone RIC second place finish of the afternoon in the 3,000m (10:42.93). She also finished 12th in the 800m (2:36.81). 


The Anchorwomen had two other athletes earn N.E. All-Alliance honors. Freshman Katie Palumbo (Greenville, RI) finished seventh in the 600m (1:42.65), while classmate Natasha Miller (Wakefield, RI) took eighth in the long jump (4.87m).


            The Anchorwomen's 4x800m relay team of Desrosiers, Graham, senior Jamie Nunes (Lincoln, RI), and freshman Chelsea Marshall (New Bedford, MA) established a new program record (10:29.24), surpassing their collective record set earlier this season. Their effort was good for third place in the event and receive N.E. All-Alliance distinction.


Qualifying members of the indoor track and field team will be back in action at the New England Division III Championships on February 18-197 at MIT in Cambridge.