Amerantes Honored as 2019 RIAIAW Distinguished Student-Athlete

Photo Credit: Mike Scott
Photo Credit: Mike Scott

KINGSTON, R.I. - Rhode Island track and field senior Mikaila Amerantes was honored at the 2019 RIAIAW Distinguished Student-Athletes Awards Reception Monday night. She was presented by her head coach, Laurie Feit-Melnick.

Amerantes was one of nine student-athletes honored at the annual event that recognizes the top female competitors in the state of Rhode Island. She was joined by Jennifer Agell (Sailing, Roger Williams), Maria Coniglio (Volleyball, Johnson & Wales), Emma Landroche (Track and Field, Rhode Island College), Sam Muller (Soccer/Softball. Community College of Rhode Island), Jovana Nogic (Basketball, Providence), Amanda Riley (Softball, Salve Regina), Kirstyn Sperry (Volleyball, Bryant) and Taylor Will (Basketball, Brown).

A four-year member of the women's track and field team at URI, Amerantes holds the school record in the indoor 500 meters and both the indoor and outdoor 4x400 meter relays. A team captain her senior year, Amerantes was a member of the 2018 ECAC Indoor 4x400 meter relay championship team as well as the New England Indoor 4x400 meter relay championship team in back-to-back seasons (2018, 2019).

She was a runner-up at the 2019 New England Indoor Championship in the 500 meters where she shattered the school record in 1:12.80. A member of the All-Conference ECAC and New England teams, Amerantes finished second at the A-10 Championship with the 4x400 meter relay teams all four years of her career at URI.

Off the track, she shined in the classroom as a double major in Mathematics and Spanish with a minor in Communication Studies. A Dean's List student every semester of her career, Amerantes spent her time as a student-athlete orientation leader and student mentor in URI 101 while also volunteering for events such as the National Girls and Women in Sports Day clinic, the URI Children's Track and Field clinic, and the URI High School Track and Field Meet for all four years.

The Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women was founded in 1971 to govern women's athletics in the United States to administer national championships. It evolved out of the Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (founded in 1967). The association was one of the biggest advancements for women's athletics at the collegiate level. Rhode Island is one of the few states with an active AIAW membership.