June 27, 2001
KINGSTON, R.I. - University of Rhode Island men's track and field head coach John Copeland and assistant coach/recruiting coordinator Derek Yush have announced the signing of five student athletes to grant-in-aids for the 2001 season.
Andre Reid comes to Rhode Island after rewriting the Connecticut high school track & field record books and emerging as a national elite-level competitor in the shot put and the discus throw. Reid comes to the Rams from South Windsor, Conn. where he was a four-year standout. In his senior season, Reid was the Connecticut Class L and State Open Champion in the shot put and the discus throw. The state record holder in the shot put, he also took first place at the New England Championship and the Golden West with a throw of 65'0.00".
Sean Bramley, a native of New Palz, N.Y., joins the Rams after a standout high school career at New Palz. The New York Class C Champion in the discus throw, he recorded a career best mark of 172'10 during his senior season. The talented thrower took sixth-place at the prestigious Penn Relays in the discus throw.
Evan Lima, who hails from Warwick, R.I., comes to the Rams from Pilgrim High School. The Rhode Island State and Class Champion in the high jump during both the indoor and outdoor season, he recorded a mark of 6'8" to place fifth at the National Scholastic Indoor Championship.
Steven Miceli, a Mashpee, Mass., native, joins the Rhode Island squad after an outstanding senior season. A sprinter, Miceli was the Massachusetts State champion and the New England runner-up in the 55-meters during the indoor season and captured the Massachusetts Class D title and was runner-up in the 100-merers in the outdoor season. During his senior campaign, Miceli ran a career-best time of 6.51 in the 55-meters and a time of 10.60 in the 100-meters.
Rounding out the list of recruits is Waterville, Maine, native Troy Irvine. Irvine, who competed at Waterville High School, is a multi-talented athlete. He posted career-best marks of 14'0.00" in the pole vault, 6'0.00" in the high jump, 7.64 in the 55-meter hurdles and 185'0.00" in the Javelin throw in 2000-01. During his senior season, he was the Maine State Champion in the pole vault and was the state runner-up in the 55-meter high hurdles. Irvine, who will compete in a number of events for the Rams, placed fourth in the pole vault at the New England Championship.
The Rams had one of the most successful seasons in school history in 2000-01, capturing the school's first Atlantic 10 Indoor Track & Field Championship ever and following that up with an A-10 Outdoor Championship.