June 14, 2013



Providence, R.I.-Rhode Island College freshmen Edward Cummins (Lincoln, RI) and Jarell James (Providence, RI) were named the Little East Conference Men's Rookie Field and Rookie Track Athletes of the Year, respectively, and Head Coach Kevin Jackson was named the LEC Men's Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year.


Cummins is the second Rhode Island College student-athlete in the past three years to be chosen as the top rookie field athlete, joining current teammate junior Craig Amado (Providence, RI). He primarily competed in the discus and hammer events in 2013. Cummins ranked 44th in the nation in the hammer with a season-best toss of 52.56m at the N.E. Div. III Championships. His personal best throw and sixth place finished garnered Cummins All-New England accolades. Earlier in the spring, Cummins captured the Little East championship in the hammer throw, uncorking a heave of 50.40m. He also placed sixth in the discus with a season-high toss of 38.55m. Cummins was named the Little East Rookie Field Athlete of the Week five times this season.



Freshman Edward Cummins


James is the second Anchorman to be voted as the top rookie athlete in the Little East, joining George N'Tow (2010). The freshman sprinter combined with his teammates to establish two new program relay records, setting the standard in the 4x100m (43.25) and 4x400m (3:15.94). James helped Rhode Island College capture the program's first Little East Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championship this past spring. He turned in a pair of personal best performances to win the 200m (22.07) and the 400m (48.93), while placing third in the 100m (11.07). James also garnered All-New England honors in the 200m with a third place finish (22.09). He was cited as the Little East Rookie Track Athlete of the Week five times on the campaign.    



Freshman Jarell James


Jackson became the first Little East boss to sweep the men's and women's outdoor track and field top coach award in the same season since the conference began sponsoring the honor in 2008. He guided Rhode Island College to the program's first Little East Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championship in April. The Anchormen captured on team relay, three field events and five races to raise the coveted team championship trophy. Jackson also led his charges to the program's best finish at the N.E. Div. III Championships, placing seventh among 26 teams. He mentored two individual qualifiers for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Sophomore Jarell Forbes (Providence, RI) competed in the 400m hurdles, while senior Shawn Stadnick (Wakefield, RI) raced in the 800-meter run.



Head Coach Kevin Jackson