Grammas sisters finish strong


Cranston West alumnae Eleni and Nicole Grammas recently competed in their final collegiate track meet, representing Rhode Island College at the NCAA Division III National Championships in Geneva, Ohio.

The duo did not disappoint, as Eleni earned All-American honors and established a new program record with a fifth place finish in the 100m, while the 400m relay team of Eleni Grammas, Nicole Grammas, Emma Landroche and Trinity Hayes earned All-American honors with a second place finish. Their time of 46.33 was a school record. It was the second straight season that the group finished second in the nation.

The ex-Falcons earned their place at nationals alongside their relay mates by putting together several strong performances throughout the spring, claiming the New England Alliance and New England Division III titles along the way.

While Nicole only qualified in the relay, Eleni had a pair of additional events on her slate, also qualifying for the 100 and 200 meters, setting a new RIC record along the way.

Eleni raised the program’s bar in the 100 meters at the New England Open Championships in New Haven, Conn., finishing third in 12 seconds flat in a field that also contained competitors from Divisions I and II.

The Grammases competed in their last tune-up before their trip to Ohio at the MIT Final Qualifier alongside several of their teammates, when they hopes to achieve the required mark to earn entry into the national meet.

The Anchorwomen relay – comprised solely of Rhode Islanders – took top honors with a season’s best time of 47.19 seconds, while Eleni also competed in the 200 meters, winning the event in 24.99 seconds.

With his collegiate baseball career rounding third and heading for home, Cranston West graduate Travis Collins is looking to finish strong as Albany heads into the America East baseball tournament on a roll.

After defeating Hartford 10-2 on Saturday, the Great Danes have won eight straight games and will be entering the AEC tournament on Thursday as the second seed by virtue of its 14-9 record in league play, earning a first-round bye in the process.

Although the Albany nine has been flying high as of late, Collins has been struggling at the plate, going hitless in the last four games of the regular season, dating back to a 5-3 triumph over Sacred Heart on May 14.

Despite the recent setbacks, the former Falcon has put together an otherwise solid campaign in the batter’s box, hitting .292 with three doubles and 27 runs driven in while also drawing a team-high 26 walks.

Cranston West product Lauren Salisbury’s collegiate softball career concluded May 11 as Framingham State was eliminated 4-1 by hosts SUNY-Cortland in regional action, but not before earning one more accolade.

The Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference named the ex-Falcon to its all-conference team as one of six Rams to be so honored, in addition to the conference tournament most valuable player award that she garnered earlier in the month.

Salisbury earned her place on the team as a result of a senior campaign in which she led Framingham State with a .396 batting average and a .444 on-base percentage, while also contributing to the Ram cause with eight doubles and 35 runs batted in.


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