Anchor Staff Writer
This week saw Rhode Island College’s men and women’s track and field teams compete in the NCAA Division III New England Championship. This event took place in Boston, Massachusetts, which was hosted by The Track at New Balance.
The men’s team competed on both Friday and Saturday, finishing 12th place overall between the two days. The women’s team only competed on Saturday, and tied for 18th place overall.
Friday saw junior Michelson Salomon earn an impressive fourth place finish in the weight throw competition. This gave Salomon All-New England honors for his second season in a row. Other Anchormen who had success were freshmen Shamus Culhane and Brandon Mota. Both freshmen competed in the weight throw as Culhane placed 13th and Mota placed 15th. Culhane threw for 15.18 meters and Mota threw for 14.95 meters. These performances gave the Anchormen an overall team score of 5.0 heading into Saturday.
Saturday saw the start of the Anchorwomen’s New England Championship. Graduate student Melissa Meija had an incredible third place finish in the weight throw competition, throwing for 15.90 meters. Sophomore Samantha Sainristil also did great in the weight throw competition as she placed eighth. Both Meija and Sainristil earned All-New England honors with their performances.
Freshman Haley Oliver competed in the mile, and finished 22nd. These performances gave the Anchorwomen a team score of 7.0, which earned them 18th overall.
For the Anchormen, Saturday was a record-breaking day. Junior Steven Doss took home a gold medal and won the New England Championship in the 200-meter run. Not only did he win the competition, but Doss broke both the RIC and New England Championship’s record with a remarkable time of 21.41 seconds.
The Anchormen also had three other teammates achieve All-New England honors. Sophomore Mahari Nayte had an amazing performance in the 400-meter run: 49.26 seconds. Nayte’s performance earned him fifth-place finish overall. Senior Edward Garofalo also had a noteworthy performance. Garofalo had a sixth place finish in the triple jump, jumping for a distance of 13.51 meters. Ryan Hazard, who is only a freshman, had an eighth-place finish in the shot put.
Altogether, the Anchormen took home five All-New England performances. This gave the Anchormen a total team score of 23.0, which resulted in 12th place for the competition.
Both the Anchormen and Anchorwomen are scheduled to compete next on Saturday, March 4 in the Tufts National Qualifying Meet.