May 6, 2003
KINGSTON, R.I. - Rhode Island is proud to announce that in addition to earning conference championship titles, six Rhode Island Rams have earned conference awards for their outstanding performances throughout the season.
Freshman Andre Reid (South Windsor, Conn.) has been named this years Men's Field Performer of the Year. Reid threw for not only a school record of 55-10 1/2 in the shot put but and Atlantic 10 Championship record as well set by former Ram James Rooney (54-1 1/4) in 2002. In addition to his shot put medal Reid also took first in the discus (160-3) and third in the hammer (147-04).
Freshman Eric Groce (Rutland, Vt.) was named the 2003 season's Men's Track & Field Most Outstanding Rookie. Groce took second in the 100m (10.60), and 200m (21.23) dashes, as well as becoming the first Ram to earn a Most Outstanding Rookie honor at the Conference Championships.
Coach John Copeland has been named as the Men's Track & Field Coach of the Year for the third straight year. Copeland has helped guide the Rams to their third consecutive Championship title. This past weekend the Rams earned their title after totaling 222 points besting second place La Salle by 74 points.
Junior Pascale Delaunay (Claremont, Calif.) has been named this year's Women's Field Performer of the Year. Delaunay grabbed gold in the long jump (19-2 3/4), and second in the triple jump (39-9 3/4) in addition to placing seventh in the high jump (5-3).
Freshman Jamie Sweeney (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) was named as this season's Women's Track & Field Most Outstanding Rookie. During this weekend's championship competition Sweeny took first in the 3,000m steeplechase (11.05) which marks the fourth fastest time in Championship history as well as placing fifth in the 1,500m (4:47.56).
Coach Laurie Feit-Melnick was named as the season's Women's Track & Field Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year. Feit-Melnick earned the award after leading Rhode Island to their second straight A-10 Outdoor Championship title in which the Rams posted 207.5 points, 71 points ahead of second place and hosts Richmond.