Cross Country, Track & Field
Grad Year: 1989
Year Inducted: 2009
Jesus Berrio ’89 starred in men’s cross country and track & field during his career as an Anchorman from 1986-89.
As a senior in 1989, Berrio captured the New England Championship in the 1,500m and qualified for the NCAA Div. III Championships. As a junior in 1988, he was the New England Champion in the 800m.
He is currently the Rhode Island College record-holder in the 800m, with a time of 1:52.64 established in 1987, as well as the 1,500m with a time of 3:52.58 set in 1988. Berrio’s time of 25:27 in men’s cross country ranks seventh all-time in program history. He won the Tri-State Invitational in 1987 with a time of 25:47.
Born in Bogota, Colombia and a native of Pawtucket, he was selected to Rhode Island College’s All-75th Anniversary Men’s Track & Field and Cross Country Teams in 2005.
Berrio earned nine varsity letters while at Shea High School in cross country and track and field. He broke the program’s 800m record in 1983 with a time of 1:55. He earned All-State indoor track honors in 1983, establishing the state record in the 1,000m with a time of 2:41.00.
He earned an associate’s degree in elementary education from the Community College of Rhode Island in 1986 and his bachelor’s degree in physical education from RIC in 1989. Berrio earned his massage certification from the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy in 1999.
Berrio works as a vocational specialist for Ocean State Outreach, traveling throughout the state of Rhode Island. He is also the head boys’ cross country coach at Cranston High School West, while serving as the girls’ outdoor track & field assistant coach in the spring.
He resides in Cranston with his wife Erika ’00. He has three daughters Madison, Emily and Hailey Grace.