Feb. 17, 2000
KINGSTON, R.I. - The University of Rhode Island will play host to the Bell Atlantic/Atlantic 10 Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday, Feb. 19 at the Mackal Field House.
The women's portion of the A-10 Championship begins at 10 a.m. featuring Dayton, Duquesne, Fordham, La Salle, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, St. Joseph's, Temple and Virginia Tech. The men start at 2:45 p.m. with Fordham, La Salle, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, St. Joseph's, Temple and Virginia Tech. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and $1 for groups of eight or more (must be purchased in advance) and are available at the door.
Virginia Tech will attempt to defend its men's and women's crowns. Tech's men's squad won its third straight Atlantic 10 title last season, besting second-place Rhode Island, 212-104. The Hokies' women's team won its second crown in three years by a narrow six-point margin over second-place Massachusetts, 143-137. This will be the last Atlantic 10 Indoor Championship for Virginia Tech before leaving for the Big East Conference.
The URI women return three A-10 Champions from last season. Sophomore Aoife Hearne (Waterford, Ireland) won the 55-meter dash, sophomore Erin Slivering (Lake Grove, N.Y.) won the 5000-meter and senior Stephanie Maugham won the pole vault with a school-record 12'-5".
The Rhode Island men also return three champions from last year. Sophomore Tony Lordo (Staten Island, N.Y.) won the high jump, sophomore James Rooney (North Carver, Mass.) captured the shot put championship and senior Mark LaRosa (Danbury, Conn.) won the 800-meter title.