By ALEX SPONSELLER Cranston native Eleni Grammas recently received Rhode Island College's Helen M. Murphy Award, which is given to a female athlete that has achieved athletic greatness while being involved in the RIC community. Grammas played soccer and
Cranston native Eleni Grammas recently received Rhode Island College’s Helen M. Murphy Award, which is given to a female athlete that has achieved athletic greatness while being involved in the RIC community.
Grammas played soccer and competed in track during her first two years at the school, but would shift her focus solely toward track during her final two seasons.
As one of the track team’s leaders, she would go on to break school records, compete at nationals, and become an All-American for the Anchorwomen.
“It’s awesome, I feel like when you’re working for four years to achieve something athletically, it feels good to be recognized by the college’s coaches. I have been working with sports my entire life basically, I played soccer since I was 10 years old. It seemed like everything was building up to that moment, so when I received the email, I was very grateful,” said Grammas.
Grammas mentioned her first trip to nationals as a big source of motivation for her later in her career.
“When I entered freshman year, I didn’t even know what an All-American was … we were running for fun. In high school we knew what All-State was, but it wasn’t until sophomore year when I qualified for nationals and competed at the national meet that I realized the talent at that level and what it meant to be an All-American. That moment made me want to go back there and become an All-American, that pushed me toward improving each year,” said Grammas.
Grammas is a secondary education major and will now look to enter the teaching force. She is also an assistant soccer coach at West and hopes to become a track coach as well. She feels that her four years at RIC has prepared her for the next step.
“At Rhode Island College, we have the best program in terms of mentorship. I’m leaving Rhode Island College as a different person, I am a stronger individual, I am humbled by all the different people that I met, and I feel that I am extremely prepared to enter the workforce,” said Grammas. Here is a look at her accomplishments during his college career.
OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD
As a senior in 2019, she earned All-American honors with a second place finish in the 4x100m relay (46.33) and with a fifth place finish (11.91) in the 100m at the NCAA National Championship on May 25. Her effort in the 100m was a new program record. Grammas earned All-New England honors with first place finishes in the 100m (12.16), 200m (25.10) and the 4x100m relay (47.34) at the N.E. Div. III Championship on May 4. She earned N.E. Alliance honors in four events at the Alliance Championships on April 27. She finished first the 100m (12.66), 4x100m relay (48.34) and the 4x400m relay (4:02.30) and placed second in the 200m (26.65).
As a junior in 2018, Grammas earned All-American honors in the 4x100m relay with a second place (46.82) finish at the NCAA Div. III National Championship on May 26. Grammas earned a trio of N.E. Alliance honors at the Alliance Championship on April 28. In addition to winning the 4x100m relay (47.61), she registered a second place finish in the 100m (12.45) and finished in third place in the 200m (26.01).
As a sophomore in 2017, Grammas finished 15th in the 100m (12.34) at the NCAA Div. III National Championships on May 26. Grammas earned All-New England accolades with a second place finish in the 100m (12.05) and ran the second leg of the 4x100m relay (48.66) at the N.E. Div. III Championships on May 5-6. She also placed ninth in the 200m (25.52). She earned N.E. Alliance honors in two events. She placed third in the 100m (12.30) and fourth in the 200m (25.79) at the Alliance Championship on April 29.
As a freshman in 2016, Grammas finished ninth in both the 100m (12.84) and the 400m (25.83), while also competing as a member of the fifth place 4x100m relay (48.62), at the N.E. Div. III Championships on Apr. 5-7. She earned N.E. Alliance honors with a third place finish in the 100m (12.65), while also finishing ninth in the 200m (26.81) and competing as a member of the fifth place 4x100m relay (49.11), at the N.E. Alliance Championships on Apr. 30.
INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD
As a senior in 2018-19, she earned All-New England honors in three events at the N.E. Championship on February 22-23. She placed first in the 4x200m relay (1:43.04), second in the 200m (26.24) and fifth in the 60m (7.94). She earned N.E. Alliance honors in four events at the Alliance Championship on Feb. 16. Grammas placed first in the 60m (7.89), 4x200m relay (1:44.91) and the 4x400m (4:09.78) relay. She also placed second in the 200m (26.23).
As a junior in 2017-18, she earned All-New England honors as part of the 4x200m relay, which placed third (1:47.11) at the N.E. Championship on Feb. 17. She also placed 10th in the 200m (26.53). Grammas earned N.E. Alliance honors in three events at the Alliance Championships on Feb. 10. She was an All-N.E. Alliance performer with a fourth place finish in both the 60m (8.01) and the 200m (26.78). She also took home N.E. Alliance honors with a second place finish in the 4x200m relay (1:47.00). She also ran the third leg of the 4x400m relay (4:24.97) that finished seventh.
As a sophomore in 2016-17, she earned All-New England honors as part of the fourth place 4x200m relay (1:46.92) at the N.E. Div. III Championships on Feb. 17. She also placed 12th in both the 200m (26.63) and in the preliminaries of the 60m (8.11) at the same meet. Grammas earned N.E. Alliance honors with a first place finish in the 55m (7.48; season-best) at the N.E. Alliance Championships on Feb. 11.
As a freshman in 2015-16, Grammas earned All-New England honors as a member of the first place 4x200m relay (1:44.19) at the N.E. Div. III Championships on Feb. 19-20. She earned N.E. Alliance honors by competing as a member of the second place 4x200m relay (1:45.91), while also finishing 14th in the 200m (27.77) and 18th in the 60m (8.43), at the N.E. Alliance Championships on Feb. 13.
As a sophomore in 2016, Grammas played in 19 games, starting all of them, as a midfielder/forward. She totaled seven goals and four assists for 18 points on the season. Grammas scored twice in RIC’s, 2-1, win over Southern Maine on Sept. 17. Grammas led the squad in points and was tied for the team lead in goals.
As a freshman in 2015, Grammas played in 16 games, starting 14 of them, as a defender. She registered one assist for one point on the season. Grammas tallied her first collegiate assist in a 6-1 loss against Salve Regina on Sept. 8.