Rams Win Fifth Atlantic 10 Outdoor Title in Last Eight Years

Photo Credit: Atlantic 10 Conference
Photo Credit: Atlantic 10 Conference

FAIRFAX, VA. - The Rhode Island men's track and field team won its 23rd Atlantic 10 Championship Sunday in Fairfax, Va. The team scored 216.5 total points to beat host George Mason by 44 points - the biggest winning margin in the outdoor championship since 2010 - and take home the conference crown. The 216.5 points is the highest score in the championship since 2010, and the 44 point margin was the biggest victory for Rhode Island since 2007.

The Rams swept the conference championships this year, also winning the championship during the indoor season. This is the fifth Atlantic 10 outdoor title for Rhody since 2010, and the Rams' 23rd conference title since the Atlantic 10 Championship began in 1993. In total, Rhode Island had 10 individual champions that led to the team win.

Senior Nigel Hill earned Most Outstanding Track Performer of the Championship and head coach John Copeland was named Men's Coach of the Year for the second straight year.

Complete Results

Decathlon

  • Drew Nealey took the crown in the decathlon with a college-best 6683 points. On day two he placed first in the discus (37.50m), first in the pole vault (4.25m), first in the javelin (52.32m), second in the 1500 meters (4:45.87) and fourth in the 110 meter hurdles (16.50s).
  • Daniel O'Neil placed third with 6146 points. He finished second in the 110 meter hurdles (16.11s), third in the javelin (44.73m), fourth in the 1500 meters (4:50.30), fourth in the discus (32.81m), and fifth in the pole vault (3.45m).
  • Stephen Cirella finished fourth with 5856 total points. He placed second in the pole vault (3.75m), second in the javelin (45.14m) third in the discus (35.90m), fifth in the 110 meter hurdles (17.16s), and sixth in the 1500 meters (5:08.32).

Finals

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