Bridgewater, Mass.--The Rhode Island College women's track & field team captured the program's second Little East Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship (the first since 1999) at the N.E. Alliance Championships, hosted by Bridgewater State on Saturday afternoon.
• The Anchorwomen finished the meet with 172.0 points to finish first (seven teams) among LEC institutions. RIC finished second in the Alliance (11 teams) with a team score of 140.0. Westfield State won the N.E. Alliance title with a score of 167.0.
HEAD COACH TIMOTHY RUDD ON THE CHAMPIONSHIP
"This being my third year as a head coach with a total of 12 years of coaching at RIC, as well as competing as a student-athlete at RIC, it goes without saying that this is the best all-around team I have ever been around. These women endured much adversity, but persevered and triumphed higher than all expectations. These ladies competed at the highest level and would not be denied. With only two seniors and several high-ranked recruits coming in, the women's track and field program is in good shape for future championships."
HOW IT HAPPENED
• The 4x100m relay team comprised of sophomore Jacklyn Xavier (Cumberland, RI), junior Eleni Grammas (Cranston, RI), junior Nicole Grammas (Cranston, RI) and sophomore Emma Landroche (Warwick, RI) established a new program record with a first place finish in a time of 47.61. They earned N.E. Alliance honors and were the Little East Champions. The relay team is currently ranked No. 5 nationally.
• Junior Margaret McCaffrey (East Greenwich, RI) won a pair of LEC Championships, finishing first in both the 800m (2:23.86) and the 3,000m Steeplechase (11:55.77). She finished second overall in both events to take home N.E. Alliance honors.
• Freshman Rachel Meus (Providence, RI) was the N.E. Alliance and Little East Champion in the high jump (1.62m). She also ran the third leg of the 4x400m relay team that registered a second place finish (4:07.44).
• Freshman Shayna Cousineau (Cranston, RI) took home the LEC Championship in the 10,000m (41:51.62). She finished fifth overall in that event to earn N.E. Alliance honors.
• Freshman Chelsea Yang (Warwick, RI) was the N.E. Alliance and Little East Champion in the hammer (52.69m).
• Eleni Grammas, who ran the second leg of the record-setting 4x100m relay, earned a trio of N.E. Alliance honors. In addition to winning the 4x100m relay, she registered a second place finish in the 100m (12.45) and finished in third place in the 200m (26.01). Grammas also ran the second leg of the second place 4x400m relay (4:07.44).
• Nicole Grammas ran the third leg of the 4x100m relay to win the N.E. Alliance and Little East Championship. She also ran the lead leg of the second place 4x400m relay (4:07.44) and recorded a seventh place finish in the 400m (1:00.33).
• Junior Melanie Brunelle (Warwick, RI) earned two N.E. Alliance honors. She took home third in both the high jump (1.59m) and the triple jump (10.87m). Brunelle was seventh in the 100m hurdles (16.90).
• Landroche, in addition to her leg in the 4x100m relay to win the N.E. Alliance and Little East Championship, earned N.E. Alliance honors with fifth place finishes in both the long jump (5.27m) and the triple jump (10.53m).
• Xavier had the lead leg of the record-setting 4x100m relay to win the N.E. Alliance and Little East Championship. She also had the anchor leg of the 4x400m relay team that finished second (4:07.44).
• Freshman Melissa Mejia (Providence, RI) earned a pair of N.E. Alliance honors. She finished fifth in the discus (34.28m) and fourth in the hammer (44.44m).
• Junior Oluwafunmibi Yusuff (Providence, RI) earned N.E. Alliance honors with a third place finish in the hammer (46.13m). She also finished eighth in the discus (33.43m) and seventh in the shot (11.13m).
• Senior Destinee Barrette (Warwick, RI) earned N.E. Alliance honors in two events. She registered a second place finish in the hammer (51.71m) and finished fifth in the shot (11.49m). She also finished 12th in the discus (28.95m).
• In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will compete at the 2018 New England Div. III Championships hosted by MIT on Saturday, May 5.