RIC Qualifies Seven for NCAA Div. III Women's Track & Field National Championship

Chelsea Yang
Chelsea Yang

Providence, R.I.-Rhode Island College qualified seven student-athletes to compete at the NCAA Div. III Women’s Outdoor Track and Field National Championship.

The National Championship will take place at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio on May 23-24. 

THE BASICS
• Sophomores Chelsea Yang (Warwick, RI) and Melissa Mejia (Providence, RI) have qualified in the hammer.

• Senior Margaret McCaffrey (East Greenwich, RI) has qualified in the 800m.

• The 4x100m relay team of freshman Trinity Hayes (Providence, RI), senior Eleni Grammas (Cranston, RI), senior Nicole Grammas (Cranston, RI) and junior Emma Landroche (Warwick, RI) have qualified.

• In addition to their participation in the 4x100m relay, Eleni Grammas will be competing in both the 100m and the 200m, while Landroche will compete in the long jump.

MORE ON THE QUALIFIERS
• Yang is making her second straight appearance at the NCAA Div. III Outdoor National Championship. Last year, she recorded a 19th place finish in the hammer. Yang was the New England Champion (51.74m) and the N.E. Alliance Champion (54.23m). The throw of 54.23m to capture the N.E. Alliance Championship established a new program and meet record. Earlier this year, she competed at the NCAA Div. III Women’s Indoor National Championship and earned All-American honors with a second place finish in the weight throw (19.21m). Yang has qualified for the NCAA National Championship for the indoor and outdoor campaigns in each of her two seasons as an Anchorwoman.

• Mejia was the runner-up at the N.E. Div. III Championship in the hammer (49.57m) on May 4 and also earned N.E. Alliance honors with a second place finish (52.06m) in the hammer at the Alliance Championship on April 27.  This will be her first appearance at the National Championship.

• McCaffrey qualified for the 800m with a new school-record time of 2:13.21 set at the MIT Final Qualifier on May 16. She also won the N.E. Alliance Championship in the 800m (2:24.28) on April 27 and earned All-New England honors with a sixth place finish in the 800m (2:13.96) at the N.E. Div. III Championship on May 4. McCaffrey also competed in the 800m at the NCAA Div. III Indoor Track & Field National Championship this past March.

• The 4x100m relay team is the New England Champion (47.34) and also the N.E. Alliance Champion (48.34) in that event. The quartet returns three of the four members who finished second and earned All-American honors at the 2018 National Championship.

• Eleni Grammas, who will be competing in the 4x100m relay, 100m and the 200m for the Anchorwomen, was a three-time New England Champion, winning the 100m (12.16), the 200m (25.10) and the 4x100m relay (47.34) on May 4. She also won three N.E. Alliance Championships in the 100m (12.66), 4x100m relay (48.34) and the 4x400m relay (4:02.30) on April 27. She also placed second overall in the N.E. Alliance and was the LEC Champion in the 200m (26.65). This will be her third appearance at the NCAA Div. III Outdoor National Championship.

• Landroche, the Little East Conference Indoor and Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year, will compete in the long jump in addition to running a leg of the 4x100m relay. Landroche was a New England Champion as part of the 4x100m relay (47.34) and also had a second place finish in the long jump (5.65m) at the N.E. Div. III Championship on May 4. Landroche won the long jump (5.66m), the 4x100m relay (48.34) and the 4x400m relay (4:02.30) at the Alliance Championship on April 27. She also set the RIC record in the long jump (5.86m) at the New England Open Championship on May 11. Landroche registered a 10th place finish in the long jump (5.47m) at the NCAA Div. III Indoor Track & Field National Championship this past March. This is her second appearance at the NCAA Div. III Outdoor National Championship.

• Nicole Grammas is making her second appearance at the NCAA Div. III Outdoor National Championship.

• Hayes, the Little East Rookie Track Athlete of the Year for both the indoor and outdoor seasons, will be making her first appearance at the NCAA Div. III Outdoor National Championship.