Jasmine Jennings Named RIAIAW Distinguished Student-Athlete of the Year

May 5, 2009

KINGSTON, R.I. -- Jasmine Jennings, a senior on the University of Rhode Island's track & field team, was honored as the 2009 Rhode Island Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women's (RIAIAW) Distinguished Student-Athlete of the Year in an awards ceremony held on Wednesday, May 5 at Salve Regina University in Newport.

Jennings, who is a two-year team captain, captured her second consecutive Atlantic 10 hammer throw title on May 2. She broke her own conference championship record in the hammer, with a season-best throw of 203-01.

In April, Jennings became just the third URI athlete in school history to win an event at the Penn Relays. During the 2009 indoor season, Jennings placed sixth at the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

The Rhode Island native currently ranks among the top 10 in the country and owns the A-10 hammer throw record and the ECAC record in the 20-pound weight throw.

As a junior, Jennings compiled one of the most decorated seasons in Rhode Island history as she won event titles at the Atlantic 10, New England, ECAC and NCAA Regional Championships. Jennings' NCAA Regional title was the first-ever by a URI female athlete as she qualified for nationals.

In addition to the Distinguished Student-Athlete award, the RIAIAW also honored former University of Rhode Island administrator Ellie Lemaire with the Lauren Anderson Lifetime Achievement award.

Each year, the RIAIAW presents its Distinguished Student-Athlete Award to a female student-athlete from each member institution who is recognized as a scholar, leader, and role model.