May 7, 2001
DAYTON, Ohio - The University of Rhode Island men's track and field team captured their first Atlantic 10 Outdoor Championship ever over the weekend at Troy Memorial Stadium. Rhode Island amassed a total of 214 to better second place Massachusetts by 24 points. The Rams finished a successful season in which they also captured the conference indoor championship.
Senior James Rooney was victorious in the shot with a throw of 52'2.75" and also took first-place in the discuss throw with a mark of 46.72 meters 150'3". For the two victories, Rooney was named the most outstanding field performer for the Championship while head coach John Copeland was named the conference's Coach of the Year. Both are repeat performers from the indoor championship.
Rhode Island's throwers swept the hammer throw as senior Scott Iamarone won the event with a throw of 185'9". He was followed by sophomore Paul Peterson in second and Rooney in third.
Freshman Colin Aina won the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 14.61. In 800-meter run, sophomore Joel Fedorowicz posted the winning time of 1:51.75 while junior Anthony Lordo won the high jump, clearing 6'07".
Final Overall Team Standings
Rhode Island 214
St. Joseph's 170
La Salle 115